Turn Work into Play
Do you enjoy your work? Are you happy to get out of bed each morning and dress for the office? If you answered ‘no’ to either of these questions, you are not alone, in a 2014 Conference Board survey, 52 percent of Americans claimed to be unhappy at work and in a recent CIPD study 23 percent of Britons claimed to be looking for a new job. In the same survey only about one-third claim to feel engaged with their work. You can see the effects of this in absence, stress and depression. In fact, you can see it in the rush hour in the tired-and sad-looking faces of so many commuters.
This would not be a problem if work took up only a very small part of your life but unfortunately it consumes most of our daylight hours – typically 2250 hours per year of your time, assuming a conventional nine-hour working day, five days a week. That ignores your commuting time, overtime and time spent reading all those work-related emails while getting ready for bed.
The majority of people I coach are unhappy or dissatisfied with their working lives. They describe their work in so many depressing ways – as ‘boring’, ‘tedious’, ‘mind-numbing’ ‘stressful’, ‘painful’ or even ‘scary’. I hear similar opinions as I travel the world from all types of people no matter what their background, education or choice of career.
Unless you have retired or inherited a fortune, you need to work to fund your life. You owe it to yourself to ensure that your working day can be as positive and enjoyable as possible – so much fun that it does not feel like work anymore.