Here is a great piece that I have picked up from the book ‘Grit’ by Angela Duckworth.
There’s no getting around the fact that sometimes we have to do things we don’t like. And the chances are we’ve all procrastinated and postponed doing a task that seemed like a hassle.
The best way to avoid procrastination is to get motivated by finding the purpose in your work.
Motivation can be easy to find if you’re doing something you love. But realizing how your work contributes to the well-being of others can be just as motivating.
Research from 2015 highlights that those who see their work as a calling to help others are often the most content.
And you don’t necessarily have to be helping people. Another study surveyed zookeepers and found that many are happy with their comparatively low salary despite their good educations.
These zookeepers identify their work as a calling, and, as a result, their job gives them a greater sense of purpose in life and the belief that they are contributing to making the world a better place.
This also means they are more willing to work overtime and stay on duty to tend to sick animals.
If you haven’t found your true calling yet, don’t worry. It can take time and you might even find it while you’re doing something else.
Professor Michael Baime taught internal medicine at Pennsylvania University after struggling through medical school and an internship. He knew medicine wasn’t his true calling but he did like being in the position to help people.
Meanwhile, he was developing his real passion: meditation and mindfulness, a practice he’d been in love with ever since he looked up at the sky as a young boy and felt a deep connection with the universe.
Eventually, Baime became the director of internal medicine at a Philadelphia hospital and, in 1992, he formed a meditation class for terminally ill patients.
By sticking with his medical practice he was able to make a place for his true calling. Now, his meditation program is his main occupation.