No matter how exciting your professional life can be, there comes a time when it gets more and more difficult to get juiced about waking up, commuting and going through the motions at your job. Simply waking up and showing up eventually wears thin on even the most dedicated worker and eventually you’re going to need more.
More purpose. More passion. More reason to give your best years to your career.
Looking to building more meaning into your professional life? Try these three techniques:
1. Figure out why
Why did you study what you studied at university? What drew you to your field in the first place? Chances are, it had nothing to do with money and everything to do with you and where you wanted to fit into the world. Drill down and really decide why you’re doing what you’re doing and be clear about it.
2. Look outward
Once you’ve figured out your own why, take a look at the world around you that you work in every single day. Look for problems to fix or causes in your industry that you can rally behind. Whether it’s making your community a better place through service projects or reaching out to veterans by hiring more, find a way to link your work to your own community.
3. Take action
You’ve figured out your drive, you’ve found your target—the last step in putting more meaning into your professional life is to take action. It doesn’t have to be a Herculean effort and can start small, but the key is to do something to connect you with the greater good. Host a small food drive for the local food pantry. Set up a charitable drive for the neighbourhood animal shelter. Sign up a few willing colleagues to coach at the next Special Olympics games. Anything. Start somewhere and soon you’ll feel your 9-5 life is bigger than just a paycheck.