The average employee spends approximately 9-10 hours a day at work, which adds up to nearly 45-50 hours a week. Knowing this, wouldn’t it make sense to do something you love?
In a country like Nigeria, where finding a job is a bit of a challenge, there’s the temptation for people to grab the first job that comes their way, whether it’s something they love or not.
Finding your dream job isn’t easy, but when you do, it can be one of the best feelings in the world. It can make all the difference in your career and personal life.
Here are some signs to help you figure out if you’ve finally found a job you love:
1. You don’t dread Sunday nights
For people who don’t like their jobs, every day of the week has a certain quality. Monday is for the blues, Wednesday is halfway there, and Friday is the sweetest day of the week because it means they are one lazy work day away from the weekend. Many Saturdays are occupied by a hangover, and Sunday, well, even though it’s a day off, it can feel like one of the most dreadful because another work week is around the corner. But when you love your job, Sunday is a great day! Just like most of the other day, and you find it exciting to get back to work after a refreshing weekend.
2. You enjoy helping colleagues
Another very clear sign you are absolutely in love with what you do is the fact that you are always willing to help your coworkers, no matter how difficult that task might be. You like seeing your colleagues succeed, so it’s second nature to help them out. You pitch in automatically. You always think about other people’s well-being and not about your individual needs. You always try to share credit with your colleagues and make them celebrate every success, no matter how small it might be.
3. You’re 2 steps ahead of your boss
One clear sign that you’re doing a job you love is that you never have to wait for your boss for instructions, especially, when it’s part of your job description. If your boss asks you to do things and you’ve already done them, then you’re not only good at your job, but also in love with it. On the other hand, if your boss is constantly having to dictate every tiny little job to you, your head might not be in the game.
4. You don’t mind going the extra mile
Every job has its challenges, but in the case when you love what you’re doing at the job, these challenges are what keeps you going. Many times, when you have to work a little harder to get ahead, it’s never a problem for you. If, at work, you’re constantly adding tasks you’ve come up with yourself to build and expand on your delegated tasks, and you’re always finding ways to go above and beyond, it’s a key sign that you love your job.
5. You never look at the clock
When you’re doing something you don’t love, it’s normal to want to know how many minutes you have left to end it. On the other hand, when you love your job, the clock is just one of the things you hardly take a look at because you are too passionate about what you’re doing and it always feels like time flies when you look at it. Also, if you can’t wait to get back the next day to finish what you’ve started and you even think about your tasks during your spare time without feeling anxious or stressed out, you most definitely love your job.