Why happiness is important to consider when choosing a career.
Productivity and happiness go hand in hand at the work place. Happy people have better interpersonal relationships. In other words, they work better with others. They are also more creative, more motivated and make better decisions. Ask yourself “what makes me happy now?” and “what would I define as ultimate happiness?” By defining where you are now on your happiness scale, as well as where you want to be, you can begin to plan for long-term happiness. The culture at your place of employment is important to consider. Take time to identify your core values. What drives you? What are you passionate about? Do your personal values and beliefs match up with the company’s? Being a good fit within the culture at your job will be key to happiness in your career.
How an action plan and goals provide a sense of purpose.
Being happy with your career is important. Tied-in with that is a sense of purpose. You need to know how to set clear goals for yourself and then create an action plan to achieve them. A good analogy is the process of planning out a road trip. You need to know your starting point and where you want to be at the end. There is more than one route that will get you there. And you should have a back up plan in case you encounter problems along the way and need to detour. Break the journey into smaller, manageable steps and give yourself deadlines for each part. Remind yourself of what you will gain when you reach your final goal. Reward yourself for progress along the way.
Make sure your goals are S.M.A.R.T. — Specific, Measurable, Action-driven, Reasonable, and Time-oriented. For example, the goal “find a job” is a bit vague. Instead you could start with “every day I will submit my resume for 3 jobs by 1:00pm”. Your goal should be challenging enough to motivate you to work for it without being maddening.
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