I must confess, I find this question…odd.
I’ve been asked this question several times in the past few weeks. It usually happens in the context of a face to face business meeting, where people are trying to unearth information about each other (which no doubt is a great thing)! We talk about work, and then, the aforementioned and odd question pops up.
Here’s why I find it odd. To me, fun IS my work. I ENJOY what I’m doing in my work. MY WORK IS FUN! Granted, I’ve worked my butt off to get to where I am in my current career spot, and continue to do so and enjoy the support of great friends and family to help me along the way, but I’m lucky enough to love what I do, and although EVERY job has at least a few billing and administrative dim spots, why would anyone do something that makes them absolutely miserable, and reserve ‘fun’ only for the waking hours OUTSIDE work?
I fully understand and realize that people NEED to work in order to pay their bills, and put food on the table for their families, and may not have the luxury of doing exactly what they’d love to do. But, a job being ‘fun’ or ‘not’ is somewhat a state of mind…yes?
If you view your work as fun, congrats! You are lucky! Maybe you like me find the title post an odd question too…? Not sure. But I’m super stoked and grateful that work and fun are not separate compartments – it makes the time fly, and it really doesn’t feel like work!
If you aren’t quite there yourself, maybe it is time to start asking what would make your work more fun? Is there a way to foster the stuff you enjoy doing at work and remove some of the weedy stuff you don’t enjoy? Besides, someone at your work might LOVE dealing with your nightmares, and ROCK at it!
Life is short. Be sure to grab some fun! And hopefully, it is already inside your work, too!