Most people spend a lot of their lives at work. This is a fact. So, how can one integrate the spiritual and the professional? The professional seems to automatically wander far away from the spiritual—fostering fake smiles and political politeness over purity and genuineness—but are the two doomed to forever run parallel to each other? Certainly not.
The following are a few tips on how to make your professional life more wholesome and straightforward.
- Don’t Over-work. Of course there are times when this is inevitable, however working hard and over-working are two very different things. Working hard is, in nature, rewarding—you are pushing yourself for the sake of a goal and a purpose. On the other hand, over-working is pushing yourself past your limits and exhausting yourself. This is not healthy nor will it create a good work environment for you. Know your personal limits and work within them.
- Set personal goals—make the professional meaningful. By going to the same job every day, you may become bored of your work. Try setting personal goals for yourself. For example, if you work in the customer service industry, you could choose to set a customer service goal of asking “How was your day?” to at least ten customers. Make the best out of your environment. You might even come across a happy individual that easily brightens your mood. Just as other people have the power to lift your mood and compliment you, you have the ability to do this as well. Find what’s good and then reward yourself for fulfilling your goals. You will soon find that you can easily make the professional meaningful by the hand of your own power and attitude.
- Keep your work area clean and uncluttered. Make your space yours. Make it a space that you can easily relax in. Keep it organized and open. Your home and work office are often said to be a representation of the inner condition of your mind.
- Focus on the good and on the little things. Try to see the good in the little things your work provides you. “Our lunch room is actually quite clean,” “This job gives great opportunities to move up the professional ladder,” “My boss is agreeable,” or “I’m able to freely take extra long breaks every now and then.” These little things are what make up your work environment. Instead of focusing on the negative, focus on the positive.
- Find purpose and execute it. Search for purpose in the tasks you are completing. There is purpose in everything no matter how small. Are you a dishwasher at a restaurant? Take pride in knowing the important role you play. No job is insignificant. No role is better than the other. No matter your position, as long as it holds the title of “job,” you are a clog in the system that eases its function. You are important. Realize this and understand this. Take comfort in the role you play, and embrace your professional purpose—which is one of many.