Keep On Keepin’ On

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Day to day can be so tough. It might be that same project you’ve been trying to work on for weeks, or a series of calls from people you don’t want to talk to that seemingly get booked back to back for weeks on end, or those emails that just keep piling up because they take more time to research and answer than you can manage while glancing at through them while on your smart phone at the grocery store line.

It wears you down with the sameness of it all. One of the reasons for this, outside of the fact that some of your work probably is the same, day to day, is that as this blog post from Ali Luke of Aliventures states, in many ways, we’re conditioned to view work as well, work. She actually calls it a “necessary evil”, one that only exists to pay rent, buy food, and gain access to the things that really make life living. And it looks like she’s not alone, if you google day to day drudgery at work, nearly 489,000 responses come up.

Good news though for those of us who are having trouble keeping on keeping on. There’s actual research that says YES you are making a difference in long term career success for you and there’s help to be found along the way. On this Friday that is seemingly taking forever, here are a few great highlights that might help you know you can indeed make it!

1) Long term means expertise
Knowing when to leave is important, but giving yourself a chance to stay long enough to build up your expertise is important. A 2012 Forbes article indicates that long term success indicates that one of the strongest indicators you’re going to “make it” is staying power. From Bono to the estimable Joan Rivers, to Jimmy Carter and Angela Merkel, or Anne Sweeney or Warren Buffet; these folks demonstrate that sticking with it will get you places you might never have imagined.

2) Long term doesn’t mean short sighted
As the saying goes, it’s all the small stuff. Short term satisfaction contributes to long term success. If you absolutely are dreading your day to day on a continual basis, your health, environment, and people around you will likely suffer. Make the choice to establish what it really means to live your life for the long term and find things that will keep you happy in the short term. If this means setting goals for that vacation you want to take, building in burn out days (mental health time off), or merely taking a social media break to help spur your workplace productivity, make the time to build those in so that you’re not short shifting yourself.

3) Keep your network close
Work is not just about work. It’s about relationships and the people you get to work, collaborate, and yes, commiserate with. And if you work from home or dislike the people you work with, social media like these keep on boards from Pinterest or these great tweets and memes will be there to pick you right back up.

Happy Friday y’all. We’ll see you same time, same place on Monday…

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