work life

Add a little passion into your work day

I knew I wanted to be a writer in elementary school. Well, a writer or a paleontologist.

Had I been a paleontologist, my office would’ve looked like this.

I know how lucky I am that I get to do what I love every single day. Even though I love my job, I don’t love all of my projects. Sometimes, the work can become tedious, and I often feel uninspired. The way I’ve learned to stay motivated, though, is to add a little of my loves to every work day. In other words, I craft my time around my passions.

For instance, I’m obsessed with my dogs. I love the little buggers, so I launched a dog blog as a fun side project. Then I landed a guest post with a popular dog magazine and assignments from animal publications like Petside.com.

I’m also passionate about living an eco-conscious lifestyle, so I’ve tried to target publications that share my beliefs. Bonus: I landed a gig as the pet expert for an eco-friendly website!

Even though none of those are make-me-rich projects, they’re soul enriching. Cheesy? Maybe. But it’s true.

How can you infuse your passion into your work? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • If your passion is totally unrelated to your day job – you love knitting sweaters for turtles but you work as a corporate accountant – launch a blog and use your lunch hour to write posts.
  • Find an interest-specific activity on Meetup.com or join a forum.
  • Create a Facebook page that revolves around your passion. Not only will you meet like-minded people, you’ll also discover tons of sites and resources that you were probably too busy to locate on your own.

If all else fails, use a picture of the cutest turtle wearing your chicest sweater as your screen saver. Everyone needs a little passion in their work day, no matter how you weave it into your routine!

Image: Kurt Thomas Hunt