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Dream Job. Does It Even Exist?

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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.

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Last Updated on October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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