One man's adventure in life!

Meaningful work

...something many of us strive for – that the work we spend large portions of our daily lives sweating over has some intrinsic meaning and satisfaction beyond being a mechanism to pay our bills and put food on the table. That it is part of thriving not just surviving. I've been thinking about this on and off recently as my current job comes to an inflection point, and I've settled on a number of lenses through which to view this:

There are obviously other ways of looking at this but hopefully these lenses will inform my choices and perspective!

In the past I've definitely been guilty of putting undue pressure on my work to bring me life satisfaction, as opposed to just being one component part. The pressure or expectation for this in academia has traditionally been high – after all, isn't your specialist subject your passion, so shouldn't spending all your waking hours on it bring you joy?! I never fully bought into this and my sideways move into research support has further helped draw the lines between work and the rest of my life... but I still sometimes have a nagging itch that my work could/should be able to achieve and influence more in terms of tangible societal outcomes.

Still, a little restlessness can help drive one forward – as long as it doesn't lead to complete cynicism and dissatisfaction!

Anyway, enough for now – back to (meaningful) work I go!

Entry 84 of my participation in the “100 Days to Offload” challenge – find out more and join in!

2021-05-05 #100DaysToOffload #work #self

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