Are you doing the right work?
Are you simply working a job just to provide for yourself and your family?
While that’s an admirable quality, sooner or later the job you hate will be the job you leave. Having these hurdles to jump over can make you want to rethink the way you work. There’s no reason for you to dread going to work everyday.
You have more opportunities to work, and more technology than ever before to help you work better, but the fact that we have all of these tools has,in many cases, created a void in the process of people. It is the people that do the work and the people who have lost connection with each other.
For this article, I spoke with Eric Termuende, author of Rethink Work. Eric is a forerunner in the future of work ideals and multiple generations in the workplace. He has been featured in Huffington Post, Forbes, and Inc. Magazine and is listed as one of the Top 100 Emerging Innovators under 35 in 2015. In 2016, Eric spoke at TEDxBCIT in Vancouver giving his presentation entitled ‘Bigger Than Work’ which began business owners thinking about their work-life practices.
These three tips are Eric’s ideals for getting the most out of your work life and productivity scale. If you will follow these steps you will begin to see a more prominent and actionable success to your work.
#1 — Remember Your Focus
Don’t lose focus on where you want to go in your business, your work, and your life. Too many people understand the meaning of being noticed. In many cases we sacrifice quality and value simply because we’re in a rush to get something to the public.
Having a great work ethic and focus is great, but when it trumps the idea of hustle and business it’s not so great.
The success lies in a combination of all of these attributes and can help you manage your work life more effectively. Many people realize the effectiveness of doing things the right way, but then they lose sight of the hustle and business side of things at work.
There’s a way to remedy this.
Think about what you’re doing currently. Ask yourself why are you doing it. Are you writing content for your business because it’s Wednesday and you know you have to have an article out today? Or is it because you genuinely have something important to say that is of value to your audience?
Being excited and helpful is great, but your focus has to be on your work, how it can affect others, and how you can get the most out of what you’re working on at the time.
#2 — Work in the Moment
If you’re a business owner or simply someone who handles a lot of work at home, then you have probably fallen into the trap of putting too much on your plate at once.
Eric says “in order to work in the moment you need to cut out distractions”. This includes work you’re going to do in the future, calls you’re about to make later that day, and responsibilities which fall on your shoulders.
Working in the moment allows you to focus completely on the task at hand. Whether you’re working on a large conglomerate takeover or simply doing the dishes. Cutting out the distractions allows you to do the job at hand without failure and loss of focus.
When you allow yourself to begin thinking about the work you have to do in the future, that causes you to get less work done in your current work. It also prevents any good work from coming out of you at that moment.
Focus on what you’re doing right now. Keep clear and concise points and understand your next move in the moment. You will be on your way to a clearer work balance.
#3 — Be Clear on Your Mission
It is so easy to get excited when you first start your work. Perhaps you have a new job, or maybe you’re one of the thousands of solopreneurs who have started a new online business.
This new atmosphere can be very exciting, but it can also be very confusing.
In the beginning, Eric also explains how you want to understand your mission. Where do you want to be in six months or one year from now? Write it down and make a mind map of how you think you’re going to get there. Keep in mind that in many cases it isn’t just about the position you want to fill, but the person that you want to become that influences the decisions you will make.
First published on Thrive Global