Hi, from the woods.
My wish for ya’ll on this Labor Day is that you will get lost in a labor of love. Define labor on your terms. I chose getting lost hiking the woods. Solo.
A labor of love is not how most of us would define our 9-5, however what if finding joy in the mundane was a key to success?
The February 2012 issue of the Harvard Business Review reports that “happy employees have 31% higher productivity, their sales are 37% higher; their creativity is threes times higher”.
So how do you turn your JOB into JOY? Here are some practical tips…
“Identify the value that your current job brings to you and be grateful for it. Collective groan – gratitude again? At least try it. Before you head out for work each morning, find one thing to be grateful for about your job. Also think about the value you create for others at work. You may feel frustrated that you cannot get things done as you like. But you do help people, customers and fellow employees in ways that may seem insignificant to you, but could be very meaningful to the person being helped.”
“Remain positive. Remember that your own attitude is the one that counts. No matter the environment you find yourself in, if you stay positive, you’ll find your own daily outlook and interactions improve. Focus on brainstorming small ways to improve your routine.”
“Detach emotionally from the job. It is not who you are, it is just something you do. Change how you speak. Instead of saying “I am Manager of … at XX Company” try saying “My job at XX Company is manager of ….”. With this semantic change you have moved from being the job to having the job.”
“Be proactive. Brainstorm new ways to approach a problem or process at work, look to improve current job tasks, and work to add to your repertoire of skills. These actions will provide you with a sense of control over your own work and increase the impact you feel you have. You’re shifting the power dynamic, and that is incredibly empowering.”
“Start something with passion. If you feel something missing from your life, consider turning in that direction with passion and creativity. Take the lead on a new initiative or project at work, focus on a project outside of work, or further your involvement in the community – these activities will help foster other interests and will allow you to focus on what brings you joy. Utilize this passion when you approach your work – regardless of the task – to infuse positive energy into your day.”
Happy Labor Day, friends.
Description: Cooking with color is just…more…fun. Period. Cooking with local color is the MOST fun. Support your community and enjoy the bounty of this time of year with a Farmers’ Market Find Salad!
Farmers’ Market Find Salad
2 cups fairytale eggplant
3 cups green beans
2 cups grape tomatoes
1 tablespoon Old Bay
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Wash all fruits and vegetables.
3. Remove green bean stems and slice eggplant width wise. Lay on greased cookie sheet and bake for 11 minutes. Place immediately in bowl and put in freezer 5 minutes to stop cooking process.
4. Cut tomatoes in half and season with Old Bay.
5. Slice plums.
6. Combine green beans, eggplant and tomatoes in bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
7. Place plum slices on top and serve!
“There is precious little hope to be got out of whatever keeps us industrious, but there is a chance for us whenever we cease work and become stargazers.”