The biggest mistake that home workers make is to NOT look for a job they love. They choose work based on their previous experience, because they still believe that’s all they know! It’s almost like the boss is still looking over their shoulder and they are still in ‘office mode’ -you know: I’m at work and so it follows that I must be suffering! For that reason, we decided to outline exactly why your productivity, income -and sanity!- all depend on understanding why it’s important to know how to find a job you love.
Conrary to popular belief, human beings do not thrive under pressure. They might get concentrated results over the short term, as and when required, but deadlines and panic do not make for a harmonious workplace. Once you get your body and brain to cooperate to get a project out fast and on time, you can’t expect a fast turnaround for the next deadline. Your mind has been easily fooled into giving you emergency results just this once – but it does not like to be treated like that on an ongoing basis. Once bitten, twice shy!
Studies continue to show that we really give of our best, consistently and long term, when our brains are relaxed, fluid and adaptable -not worn out and frazzled! So pleasure in your work is critical -and, of course, one of the main reasons you have chosen to work from home. Be careful to avoid overdoing it and forgetting to relax. See the following article published in The Guardian: “WHY is home more stressful than work?”
At this point, you are probably wondering how it is possible to choose work you love, especially if your valued clients ask you to do something at short notice -and it’s just about the most jaw-droppingly boring subject matter you have ever come across. Of course, this will happen from time-to-time, but there are ways of making sure it doesn’t show up too often.
Choose your specialist niche carefully and precisely. When a last-minute boredom task shows up, use it to your advantage to help you re-write your niche description a bit more accurately, to ensure that particular topic or format can’t fall through a loop-hole again! It’s a really effective principle, because whenever you do get offered any unpleasant topic and asked if you can do it, you can either point to your niche description and give them a flat-out “no’, or you have the option to do it, but charge more – whatever your price would be to make it worth your while. That way you are in complete control and in a better position to keep the work enjoyable and fun – and only take on the less interesting stuff if it suits your purposes.
Another reason why enjoying your job is so important is that your internal energy levels will be higher and you will be able to give of your best self for longer.
Even if clients upset you or you are behind on a deadline, you will be more able to cope with it , without crumbling or freaking out.
And, lastly : completing the job is not the only target. The process is part of the package. When you enjoy your work, you start to enjoy the journey, not only the attainment of the finish line.
I hope this has convinced you to give up the mind garbage that tells you a job must be unpleasant, and gives you motivation to discover how to find a job you love.
Even at home, you will spend at least a third of your life at work -it doesn’t make sense to wish that away. Your aim should be to feel just as happy at work as you feel out of work. Monday doesn’t have to be miserable; an easier to find work you love