On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you rate your job satisfaction?
Would you like to increase that number in just one week?
Here’s an exercise I created to help you shift your focus at work. It’s designed to get you focused on what IS enjoyable, challenging, motivating and energizing in your current role. This refocusing will give you more energy to make real progress on changing your work life.
Go ahead, give it a try!
More Job Satisfaction
1. Rate your job satisfaction on a scale of 1-10 and convert your score to a percentage. For example, a rating of 3 out of 10 means that you are satisfied with 30% of your current work.
2. Write down what comprises the percentage of your work that is satisfying. Be specific.
3. Now, focus on this even more closely. Answer the following questions about each thing you listed above:
Exactly what about this work is satisfying?
How does it build your knowledge, skills, abilities, professional network?
What value comes from this part of your job?
How might doing this work serve you in the future?
4. How does focusing on the satisfying parts of your job shift your overall job satisfaction?
My Challenge To You
Even if just 30% of your job is satisfying, isn’t it worth making the most of that 30%?
My challenge: For the next week, make that 30% the centerpiece of your work life.
Here are some suggestions on how to do that:
When frustration hits, look at your answers from above and reconnect with what is satisfying to you in your current role.
Within your current environment, look for opportunities to do more of this work.
Amplify it. Make it the central part of your day. If you can, schedule it for times that you feel most drained. Do this work as a reward.
Pay attention when you’re doing what you like. Enjoy it. Be present and engaged and savor it.
Look ahead to it. When you’re doing work that isn’t as rewarding, remind yourself that you have something to look forward to.
When you’re asked about your work, answer as if the satisfying work is all you had to do. Don’t talk about what isn’t working. Give full attention and expression to what is working.
Madhu Krishnappa Maron, PCC, CPC, works with people who are stuck in their careers, would love to do something different and have no idea how to start. She supports clients in creating a more satisfying and whole work life. Prior to becoming a coach, Madhu worked as a Human Resources professional for nearly twenty years for The Associated Press, Standard & Poors and other companies.