One Reason You Might Be Dreading Work
If you find yourself dreading the idea of going to work, what you’re doing at work might be misaligned with your values.
Have you ever considered that your daily actions might actually be challenging your core values?
What are your core values? These are the things that matter most to you. Your values are foundational to living your life to its fullest potential.
Your core values are the things that matter most. My top core values are very clear:
Freedom Family Close relationships Trust (both with myself and those I surround myself with)
No matter what your core values are, they do (and should)
drive all of the decisions you make and actions you take.
If what you are doing each day at work conflicts with your values, you will struggle to fulfill your potential and you’ll start to dread having to be
productive at work. Why Do Values Even Impact Your Work Life?
Your core beliefs determine how you live and work. They help you decide if something is important and worth doing. Usually, life feels best when your behavior matches your values and core beliefs.
What happens when they don’t match? Usually, you’ll experience a lot of
inner conflict and struggles, particularly when your professional environment doesn’t align with your values.
Getting clear on your values, beliefs, and priorities is key to making sure you enjoy the work you are doing—and that your work fulfills you! To Identify what your top values are, consider what you strongly believe in. Go deep in trying to identify your values. Values can even be things you’ve always believed but were never able to express fully, especially at work.
To avoid losing yourself in your daily life and the roles you play,
make sure that you fully understand what matters to you. Write out a list of your core values, what they mean to you, and how they resonate with you. This will help you overcome the work dread and move forward in a productive way. A Simple Fix: Do a Daily Action Audit
Now that you have a better understanding of what your core values are, pick something you would like to see more of in your life as a whole.
Pick one of your values that’s the most interesting and important to you right now. Work towards having that value in all the different areas of your life.
One of the best ways to stop dreading work is to do a daily action audit. This will help ensure that your actions align with your values and goals.
To do this, each day, write down the actions you took to achieve your goal and make sure that your values are prioritized, even at work. As time goes on, you can reexamine your goals and refocus if necessary.
Reflect on your actions each day and ask yourself these questions. Reflect mentally or write it down in a journal:
Is there any action I can improve on? Did everything go smoothly or not? Did my actions help me achieve my goals? Am I getting closer to my authentic self? Is my true self becoming more visible in all my roles? Did I spend my time wisely? Did I expand my knowledge on the belief I want to live out every day?
After a month or two, reflect on how far you’ve come. Look at what you may need to work on in the future.
Related: How to Use the Power of Meditation to Control Yourself How This Daily Audit Will Help You Stop Dreading Work
If you’ve been dreading work, write down what you do each day so that you can figure out where the misalignment is. If you still feel that way even as you make progress, you may need to shift careers to do something that lights you up on a deeper level and fully aligns with your values.
Prioritize what’s important to you. As you analyze your life and the areas you want to change in order to live your authentic life, you will see improvement in everything. Many people simply don’t know how to improve. If you track your life and the actions you take, you’ll learn more about your personal situation and behavior.
You’ll begin to see what’s similar in your different roles and what things you may do out of fear or expectations. Once those are identified, you can work on improving those areas. At times you may notice some bad habits or unhealthy behavior. Noticing spots where your values are being pushed aside, or your work ethic isn’t what it should be, will help you improve yourself and your mindset long-term.
Accepting who you are and what matters to you is an important step to help you find value in your life and in your work. Dreading work is an unpleasant feeling. But it’s one that usually stems from a misalignment between your actions and role at work and your values.
Your passions, values, and beliefs should drive the decisions you make. Sometimes, your current path might not let you do that. It’s important to understand yourself and what matters to you. That way, you can figure out the best way to move forward, whether that’s with a career change or subtle mindset shifts at your current job.