3 Ways to Love Your Job in 2013

Make the best of this year to see major long-term gains

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After the ball has dropped and the confetti has landed, we’ve come to the realization that holiday season is over and it’s time to get back to work. If one of your resolutions for 2013 was to enjoy your job a little more, you must ask yourself: What do I want to achieve this year? Where do I want my career to go? Check out these 3 ways to love your job in 2013.

Have a long-term vision and a short-term plan. Use your time at the job to figure out exactly what kind of job you want next. When you’ve done that, create a plan on how to get there. Find a mentor, create your professional brand, widen your networks and take career development courses. While creating a plan may not be the easiest task, you’re a lot more likely to find your way to a better job or to even enjoy your current job a little more than if you have not plan at all.

Find significance in what you do. Take some time to really reflect on what you do for a living. Do you have a meaningful job? Are you doing something fulfilling? Many people bounce from one job to another in hopes of finding fulfillment. Perspective plays a huge role in personal satisfactions and sense of well-being. Try to remember why you took the job in the first place.

Remember, you are more than your job. Give up thinking that your work life should mirror that of your friends, public figures or celebrities. Realize that while your job doesn’t define you, how you do it does. You’re much more than just a job title. It is equally, important to identify your interests outside of work so you don’t become a one-dimensional workaholic.

How do you plan to make your job more enjoyable in 2013? #SoundOff and follow Jamie on Twitter @JayNHarrison.

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