Finding the fun in workIn every bit of work there is an element of fun, you find the fun and snap the jobs a game. – Mary Poppins

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I think Mary Poppins was brilliant!

My father is a semi-retired truck driver. He has owned his own company most of his life. I started helping out in the family business when I was 8 and have been working ever since. I asked him one time about the long hours on the road and he said, “I don’t think I’ve felt like I’ve worked a day in my life”. I’m sure he has had some tough days, but to love your work so much that it doesn’t feel like a JOB. That’s success to me.

The reason I bring it up is because I speak with people all the time that do not have a passion for their work. That what they do every day feels like a JOB. And it depletes them more than is fulfills them.

Can you relate?

Generally, we tend to think that we do not need motivation to complete the tasks that give us joy. That the work that makes us feel alive does not feel like work. I don’t believe that. I believe that work is work. That it can be hard to show up everyday and put the time in. That it’s often the completion of tasks that brings most of that joy.

Even when we love what we do we can still experience frustration, struggles and stress.

I just believe that some of us deal with it better than others, because we find an element of fun and focus on it.

How do you find the fun in work?

I love to make everything a game. On a really busy day, with a to do list longer than my arm I give myself points for completing each task. Sometimes I give myself a dollar amount for each task. Then I reward myself.

It’s never that it can’t be done. It’s deciding how focused I’m going to be and truly dialing in to what is important.

Sometimes, on days when I can feel my body holding on to the stress, I workout between tasks. It gets the blood pumping and it’s so much better than sitting at the computer all day. I even make a game of this. If I have 5things on my to do list. I break down the individual tasks for each item. I times this number by 25 reps and come up with a total number of reps. And that’s my one goal for the day. On that day I could do 300 pushups, or crunches or squats… what ever it takes to meet that one goal. In the process I complete most of my items on my to do list.

I find these extras put a little fun in work that I would other wise procrastinate on.

How do you find the fun? Tell us in the comment section below.

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