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Dream Job. Does It Even Exist?

Dream Job. Does It Even Exist?

A lot of people, if not the majority, go through life with rather unrealistic expectations and notions concerning what they believe to be a dream job. What every particular person believes to be such an occupation is different, but there is one thing most people who talk about their dream jobs have in common – they never seem to have such a job at the moment. A dream job is always somewhere around a corner. After all, it is a dream – it is not attainable, it is just something to wish for.

So what is a dream job? Does it exist? Is there only one dream job for everyone? Let’s try to find out.

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What Is a Dream Job?

Everybody has their own definition of a dream job, and their own factors that define how close to the ideal the job is. For one person a dream job is closely associated with a huge paycheck and daily challenges. For somebody else money may not be such a huge motivation; he would be much more interested in a possibility to do something he likes and not be bothered by external distractions.

Is There Just One Dream Job for Me?

One of the most harmful misconceptions people hold about dream jobs is that each person has exactly one calling, and there is only one dream job that accommodates for it. In reality, for each person there exist countless positions in which he will be able to thrive and be happy – at least if he applies some effort.

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The thing is, it is your business to make yourself happy doing your job and not vice versa. Two things we always have power over are our thoughts and attitudes concerning things that surround us. It doesn’t mean that you can do any job equally well and be happy in the process, but it does mean that you can contribute a great deal to whether you feel content or miserable in your current position.

Do your job well, look for opportunities to improve yourself, rise higher than your immediate status, enhance your work process – and you will be amazed how closer your job will get to the ideal. Repeat to yourself that you are bored out of your mind, that your job is hopeless drudgery, that your bosses don’t appreciate you – and even the most enviable occupation will turn into a living hell.

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Does Dream Job Mean Constant Happiness?

Not in the least. Just like you are going to have moments of satisfaction even in the most hateful line of business, your dream job doesn’t guarantee an evenly blissful experience. There will be moments of frustration, annoyance and outright despair.

In practice, it means that you may currently have a dream job without realizing it, because you believe that if you aren’t satisfied with it 24/7, then something must be wrong. Any job has challenges, and not all challenges are pleasant, so don’t get discouraged.

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How Do I Look for My Dream Job(s)?

Try to remember what you liked most about your previous jobs? What kinds of activities did you like most at school or college? It doesn’t necessarily mean such things as mathematics or biology – perhaps you liked to organize things, and this inclination went through all your year at school and university, so it may be a good idea to look for jobs that include organizing.

Dream job is an extremely vague notion, but a powerful notion nonetheless. Don’t let a desire for a dream job in future spoil your current life and deter you from doing your present work well – for it may be much closer to be the occupation of your dreams than you think.

Featured photo credit: Businessman On Park Bench/nmdude4 via flickr.com

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Melissa is an entrepreneur and independent journalist. She writes about communication, entrepreneurship and success on Lifehack.

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Last Updated on March 23, 2021

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

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