When you think about it, whether you're a freelancer, full-time worker or you run your own business - we spend a lot of time at work. In your studio, travelling around to appointments or in the office, it's a huge chunk of time that we spend in our career environment.
It can take some of us a while to settle into a new place at work and this is only natural. And really, whatever stage we're at in our career, it's up to us to make sure that our day is going to be a positive one.
Especially when you're going through a busy or tough time at work, it can be difficult to stay focused and passionate all the time. But I've found that when I feel like this, if I focus on the things in my career that bring me the most joy, they actually have the biggest impact in my life. So today I wanted to share these with you, in the hope that they can also help to inspire and motivate you.
#1 | Being creative and generating ideas every day
I feel very lucky that my day job (and my blog) both allow me to be creative on a daily basis - I definitely don't take that for granted. Although some people might think differently because I'm based in an office most of the time (and many associate boring jobs with working in an office), but it's actually very different. It's my mind hat requires the creativity and I spend everyday working on tasks that require me to generate new ideas.
Whether it's creating content for social media posts, curating articles, planning the week's editorial calendar for Instagram, or coming up with new strategy or concept ideas, being creative, generating ideas and seeing results is something that can bring a lot of joy.
#2 | The equipment available
I'm also very lucky that I came into this job with a strong range of software and equipment at my fingertips. The things I would have to pay for to use for my own blog like InDesign and Photoshop, are freely available for me to use at work, which is great for building up my skills.
For the longest time, I was clueless about computer programmes. But ever since my masters course forced me to learn, I've now opened up my mind to learning about a whole host of difference software. This is a really useful mindset to adopt, because it will provide you with so many different skills to demonstrate to potential employers. I know I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't opened up my mind to experimenting with new tools.
This has brought me a lot of joy. It's given me room to expand my skills and produce work to the best of my ability. My desk and space at work is my bubble - I can get my head down and easily get my work done. A great daily and master to-do list really helps too.
#3 | Building relationships with people
I'm quite the introvert, so I don't like being in large groups of people - but I love connecting with others on a one-to-one basis. Whether it's having a discussion with them or consuming the work that they produce, I believe it's really important to establish and nurture those connections.
There are so many different people that I work with and I'm always learning from them, whether it's to do with our jobs, or even something completely different like recipe or house buying tips. They may not necessarily relate to you or what you blog about (no one in my office has a blog) but it's good to be different so you've got a variety of things to talk about.
Over time, I've met so many people who are so talented, but what makes them even better is that they're truly honest. They don't play up their skills or make themselves out to be the best at what they do - they're authentic and real. They care passionately about what they create and that's a great way to keep yourself inspired.
Seek out the people who do this for you and not only will it bring you joy, but it'll also take you closer to achieving your goals.
#4 | Having a system and staying organised
If there's one thing I've always been known for, it's my organisation. Really early on in life, I quickly learnt that if you want to be successful, you've got to be organised. That's something I carried with me throughout my education and now into my career and blog.
I actually really enjoy being organised and having the right systems and processes in place brings me a lot joy. I love putting a plan together and having set areas of focus for each month, week and day. It brings so much reassurance in many different ways.
The key here is finding what works for you. My writing and layout has always been a little messy so I know I'll never achieve those perfect bullet journals. But what I have learnt is that I'm much more productive with writing things down on paper than I am with digital systems. Hone in on what you prefer and take it from there.
#5 | Creating something that receives positive feedback
A big importance that brings joy (and what I'm sure you can all relate to) is creating something that resonates with people. I love marketing a place that people love as much as I do. It plays such a huge factor in your success.
And it's the same with my blog. When I get meaningful comments from you I know that I've fulfilled my purpose to connect with you. It really is a feeling that never gets old. When you open up, share your thoughts, stories and even go out of your way to say you love what a person is doing, that is a feeling of joy that is always worthwhile to recreate.
What bring you joy in your career and your workplace? Can you relate to anything in this list?