I left off on Friday with a technique to envision what might be what a perfect work day would be like.
Returning to Zen and the Art of Making a Living, the next exercise is remembering when work has been "perfect". This might provide hints, actually proof, of what kind of work you really enjoy - looking back to see the future...Back to the Future...get it now.
As an added plus, it can help you with some great answers to behaviourally-based interview questions and supply some great info for your resume!
1. What was the most important contribution you feel you have made in your career?
2. What has been the most exciting aspect of your work?
3. What has been the most difficult work challenge in your career, but one that you met face on and worked through the obstacles?
4. What, in your career, are you the most proud of?
5. What has been a creative highlight?
6. What skills have you perfected in your career that you have incorporated into your day-to-day life?
7. What have you enjoyed the least?
8. What have you been formally rewarded for in your career?
9. What have you been the most committed to in your career, where you were deeply involved, emotionally committed, and determined to succeed?
10. What have you done that someone said that you couldn't and shouldn't but you knew was right?
11. What have been some times when you were absorbed in your work, when you hardly noticed the time (or the bad pay)?
(L Boldt, Zen and the Art of Making a Living)
I have a follow-up interview tonight for a job that still has a lot of question marks for me. I will ask these questions of myself this afternoon and into tonight, trying to figure out if it can give me the same satisfaction as some of my past highlights.
Blog again with you tomorrow.