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Fall in Love with your Job

June 23rd, 2009

I was listening to a song by Colby Callait and Jason Mraz called “Lucky” on the radio the other day and it got me thinking about how lucky I am. The song is actually a love song, but in it the artists sing about how lucky they are to have all that they have. It made me think about how lucky I am for my own family and for having the best job in the world. I basically have a different job each day. I work for different clients on different tasks all the time, which means no monotony and no boredom.

Few people are in a job that they can truly say that they love, but some are in a position to love their job and they simply don’t know it. For example, many entrepreneurs are living out their dream of owning a business, but the tedious, long hours and repetitive paperwork involved makes them unhappy. Others struggle because, although they know their area of expertise inside and out, they can’t figure out how to manage some of the other aspects of their business such as marketing, bookkeeping, or creating a web presence.

Falling in love with your job all over again is actually quite easy and can be done in a few simple steps. Start by taking out a sheet of paper and making two lists. The first will be a list of all the parts of your job that you love; the parts that you truly enjoy and that give you the most pleasure. The second list will be of the tasks that you don’t like; the ones that are tedious or difficult, or at which you are not skilled.

Next, review the tasks that you don’t like. Of those, decide which tasks can be done by someone else without affecting your company’s revenue. Review the tasks that can be handed off and, if you have employees, distribute the tasks among them. If you don’t have employees, don’t worry, you can still delegate. Outsourcing is incredibly cost-effective and is becoming more and more common among solo entrepreneurs, small businesses and even some medium sized companies.

Many companies are outsourcing bookkeeping, web design and maintenance, as well as administrative support with incredible results and are saving money in the process. With outsourcing you pay for only the tasks you assign and you can assign tasks in small or large chunks.  For example, if you just can’t stand keeping your books, hire a bookkeeper to do it, If you don’t like updating your blog, hire a virtual assistant or a ghostwriter to write for you.  Handing off these tasks allows you more time for the parts of your job that you love, or that bring you more profits.

By leaving the tasks you don’t enjoy in someone else’s capable hands, you can love your job all over again. Increased enthusiasm about your job will most certainly increase your effectiveness. It can also give you the time to focus on the more important aspects of your business, likely resulting in increased profits. It is a win-win situation; love your job, make more money. What are you waiting for? Fall in love again.

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5 Comments so far:
  1. This is so true and so wise!

  2. Kelly KellyVA says:

    Thanks Micheline!

  3. Great blogpost, didn’t thought this was going to be so awesome when I read your title with link!

  4. i absolutely enjoy your posting taste, very charming.
    don’t quit and also keep creating for the reason that it just simply nicely to follow it,
    excited to browse through way more of your well written articles, have a good day 😉

  5. Kelly KellyVA says:

    Thanks for the kind words. Glad you enjoy my blog!

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