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Back to one of my favourite blogs – Farnam Street – this article in particular struck a chord with me this week as I have had a few conversations about ‘What makes someone happy in their job?’

Being bored or unchallenged by your job can leave you feeling unmotivated and undervalued. So you eventually start to hate all of the mundane tasks that you have to get done, and then lo and behold there’s our favourite past-time – procrastination. This is not a happy state for any employee.

At the other end of the spectrum, being totally stressed and overwhelmed by your job can also make you hate all of the tasks (mundane or not) that you have to complete. Procrastination also takes hold in this situation, adding to your stress! There are so many effects of a stressful job on your life and your health – you have trouble sleeping, you’ve no time (or desire) for a social life or exercise, and even in some extreme cases you break out in a rash or hives as your body physically responds from this overload! Again, this is no way to live a happy life.

The phrase “A Happy Medium” really does ring true. Farnam Street quote US psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who used “Flow” as the state of Happiness that we’re all looking for.

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So it’s basically about finding balance, to be in that place where you’re not drowning in To-Do lists, but are challenged by, and enjoy doing, your work.

If you find yourself at either end of the spectrum, you may want to take a step back and reevaluate the value of this particular job in your life.  Your recruitment consultant can help identify the choices that you have if you do decide to enter a job search.

Read more from this article here.

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