As part of a fun Life Well Lived campaign, BlogHer has invited bloggers to answer the question…
“How do you stay happy and engaged while working?”
For lots of people, that’s a tough question…stay happy, at WORK?
I am a stay at home worker…I can’t tell you for sure what I even do. I work on my free early learning printables website Making Learning Fun. I blog here are Jo’s Country Junction. I do a variety of quilting stints and I managed the house and garden…but none truly feel like they are jobs. Do I earn money from them?…yes. But nothing that I do truly feels like work. I think that’s because all of “jobs” are passions of mine.
I am passionate about children. That’s why I work on the printables site. I love my life and quilting. That’s why I blog. Having true passion for my work helps me stay happy. I think that’s key but there are other things I do too…
I work on the computer most of the day…it can get long and tedious. There are a few things that I have discovered that help me stay focused at the computer. One of those things is Pandora. I am a HUGE fan. Have you discovered Pandora? What happens is I go to their website. I type in the name of a song and Pandora plays that song and similar songs like it. If I don’t like the song, I give it a thumbs down and they don’t play it again. If I like it, they play more music similar to it. Listening to music while I work gets me more engaged in the music and less engaged in the clock…and the time slipping past.
Another thing I have discovered are audio books. I love, love, love them. Several of the area libraries have gotten together and have an on line library. I can download audio books for free onto my computer. I can keep the books for a week and then they go back to the online library. For me…this is amazing. I often times get so involved in a book that I work longer hours than I intended just so I can keep listening to the book. Check with your own local library and see if they have a similar lending system.
Overall, I think my expectation of happiness isn’t all rainbows, ponies and fireworks…my expectation of happiness is contentment. Our family goal with my work is be able to make enough money so I can stay at home with my family. I have learned to be happy that I am working on my printable site at 11 pm. If I am working at 11 pm, that means I got to go to Minnesota and visit my mother-in-law during the day. If I am up working at 6 am, that means I will get to take my daughter shopping during the day. If I am working on Saturday, that means I got to quit early on Friday so I could make an amazing meal for supper on Friday night. Visiting my mother in law, shopping with my daughter and making an amazing supper for my family are and will always be the things that truly make me happy. I think we all need to take a moment and see what true happiness is…rainbows, ponies and fireworks…or contentment.
You can check out what others are saying in regards to being happy and engaged at work my following this link. While you’re there share the things that make you happy and engaged at work. To make you a bit more happy, BlogHer is also sponsoring a $250 sweepstakes….check that out here.