There’s a wealth of productivity advice out there. Each piece of wisdom is almost always subjective and may even contradict from each other. One guru may warn you of the perils of checking your email first thing in the morning and may encourage you to fight the urge to do so, like what Leo Babauta of Zen Habits wrote in this post. While on the other hand, Chris Guillebeau of The Art of Conformity recommends that you do the opposite — take the time to reply right away to an email.
But here’s one productivity trick that is universally agreed upon – Love What You Do!
And the only way to do great work is to love what you do?
Finding joy in whatever it is that you’re doing is without a doubt the most effective way to create something and be productive at the same time. Steve Jobs talked about how he used the same philosophy during his wonderful Commencement Address at Stanford University in 2005. Below is an excerpt:
I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.
Figuring Out What Makes You Jump Excitedly Out of Bed to Work
If you’re not even sure yet about which type of work or craft is actually making you excitedly jump out of bed on a Monday morning, consider the following suggestions to figuring out your true passion.
What is it that you keep thinking about doing but you just can’t find the time?
It may be a hobby you’ve been wanting to get back to again such as sewing, knitting, or even blogging! Consider researching and looking into the possibilities of making money out of these hobbies. You do not have to quit your job right there and then to pursue your knitting ideas. Take it one knit, I mean step, at a time!
Where would you rather work right now?
Most of us would constantly find ourselves daydreaming about going out on vacation for an extended amount of time while drudgingly going through our daily tasks at work. Visualize your dream workplace. Do you love baking a lot and perhaps, open your own pastry shop in your hometown? Or you might want to create an online book store if you like to hoard books from second hand bookshops and thrift stores.
What is it that you spend a lot of time reading about?
Every so often, we find ourselves so engrossed in something that we read online for hours. Consequently, you’ll find yourself trying to find more about what you read by downloading eBooks and reading materials about it. And perhaps, you may even reach out to experts in the field that you’re interested. These things of interest are actually possibilities for future career paths.
Finding out the answers to the questions mentioned above isn’t easy-peasy to begin with. It involves a lot of self-questioning and tons of research on your end. Yet the rewards are actually worth it!