Thursday, September 9, 2010

Do you enjoy your work?

There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?
—Ecclesiastes 2:24-25

Let's be really honest here, are you enjoying the work you do? Not everyone will enjoy every aspect of their job and everyone has days when they wonder why they are doing what they do. As a home-based business owner, I pray that you have started a business that brings you joy.

Fun ways to find joy in your work day:

Pray your daily calendar. Before you begin your daily tasks, look at your appointment calendar and your "to do list" and pray over your day. Be specific "Lord, be with me on this call/appointment/project, etc., give me focus, wisdom and discernment."

"My God shall supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19 NIV) He has unlimited resources, unlimited energy, unlimited knowledge, unlimited time. He says I can supply all of your needs.

Tackle your problems first thing. Know your energy levels and work on the most challenging projects when you have the highest energy. After your challenging projects are complete, the day will be filled with the things you enjoy doing most.

Take mini-breaks. I'm probably repeating something I have already told you here, but I take "mental pauses."  Play one online game, read your Facebook posts, listen to a song or watch a video, but control your time. Breaks should not be more than a few minutes.  If you were working in an office or in the "normal" workplace, you would get a few breaks during the day. Be sure to take those pauses at home too.

Learn something new each day. It's very important to grow your business and keep on top of the "latest" in your industry.  If a new gadget has been introduced, schedule time to learn about it. Read an article, download a trial offer, take an online class.  You chose this field because you had a strong love, knowledge or desire to work in the field.  Learning new things will keep you fresh - and it's good for your brain!

Work to promote your favorite client today. We all have a favorite client we work with, but in this case, I'm talking about your own business.  Too often, we get so busy with our clients/customers, etc. that we forget to promote our own business.  Make a list of five prospective clients and get on the phone. Pray before calling, and remember, the person you are calling needs your product or service.  If you don't call them, your competitor will.  Have fun with the call.  When you get the person on the phone, ask how their day is going, you may be surprised to learn that you are the only person who asked about their day. 

There is a movie out called Eat, Love, Pray. I don't think those are the right priorities in life and I've seen others renaming the book so here is our new book title. Pray, Love, Work at what you love doing.

Blessings for a prosperous work week.


  1. Thanks for sharing; your list really helps.