I have always believed you should spend your time doing things you genuinely enjoy. The saying “Do What You Love, Love What You Do” follows me through my decision making, especially when I step into something new. Within the past two months, I came to realize I was guilty of the opposite. After some reflection during this period, I realized there are 3 important reasons why you should always strive to do things you enjoy.
First and foremost, happiness is the primary basis when it comes to loving what you do. This may seem obvious, but so many individuals stay in something, whether it’s a relationship, a job, or even an apartment, when they know they aren’t happy. If you have other options, why waste time in your life being miserable?
Productivity is also a huge factor in why it’s important to do something that makes you happy. Doing what you love will make you more inclined to be productive. We see so many authors who take hours writing and rewriting drafts of books because they feel passionate about their writing. When you genuinely enjoy what you’re doing, it gives you a chance to really step into it and work in the best way possible. And how rewarding is it to finish a job whilst loving every stride you take towards completion? You can take a step back after and acknowledge that it was enjoyable.
Mental health may be the most important reason to do something you genuinely enjoy. If something isn’t enjoyable, you burn out easily and in turn, it decreases your chance of completing something well, or even at all. Burnout is real and sometimes it can happen very quickly. Avoid it by checking in with yourself and if need be, reevaluating your situation. This will not only help with burnout, but it will help with stress and your overall mood. When we do something we enjoy, our stress decreases, and our mood is lifted. With less stress, your quality of life improves astronomically.
A Personal Touch
Why did I feel inclined to write about this? I took a jump into a job I didn’t know much about and was excited about getting that “big girl job” with business casual clothing and a tiny cubicle. Within a week, I was blindsided by the work I was given and the little to no training I received beforehand. To say I was overwhelmed was an understatement and I began to doubt my position and myself and started thinking about my future at this company with how quickly my mental state was declining. I reminded myself who I was, and what I have always stood behind: Do what you love, love what you do. Conversations were had, and decisions were made. I left after a week and went back to what I was happy with. I’m not a quitter, I just learned what I enjoy doing and how I work. Why waste days doing something you don’t like? Something will come along that’s worth the wait. Good things take time!
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