U.S. Job Satisfaction is at its lowest level in two decades—and that’s no surprise to about half the people you know. A survey by independent business research firm The Conference Board found that a full 45% of us aren’t very pleased with life inside our cubicles.
So, the big question is this: Can you be truly happy at your job?
According to Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi—director of the Quality of Life Research Center and a pioneer in the field of positive psychology—the answer is an enthusiastic Yes!
Dr. Csikszentmihalyi has learned that the key is achieving what he calls “flow”—a sense of mastery, satisfaction, and total involvement.
Find Hidden Challenges
Let’s face it; part of our work is always going to be repetitive or mundane. But if you push to truly perfect even the more tedious tasks, you’ll begin to enjoy them more. Plus, they won’t take so long.
Perfect Your Skills
Much of what we do requires us to use the same skills over and over. So sharpen those skills until they’re practically a reflex. Reaching that level of expertise allows you to take your mind off the rules and turn your energy to being more creative.
When you try to distract yourself from the most boring part of your job, you only prolong it or turn the task into a fire drill in the end. To find your bliss, you need to be able to lose yourself in your work. When you make a conscious effort to focus, everything becomes easier … and happier.
For examples of people who’ve found their flow, check out Dr. Csikszentmihalyi on YouTube.