“Creativity is just connecting things.” – Steve Jobs
Living our jobs is often a badge of honor. Encouraged by trends outside of ourselves—increased productivity, companies’ work force reductions over the last decade, and the ubiquity of technology and interconnectedness—our jobs and careers can take up most of our time, inhibiting other parts of our lives.
The downside of not spending more time connecting to all aspects of our lives on a regular basis is illustrated in Steve Jobs’ words: the missed opportunity for greater creativity at work and everywhere else. But what if, instead of making your life fit around work, you started from a different perspective? What if you thought about how to inject more of your life into your career? Consider all the new opportunities and possibilities that could develop.
Injecting more aspects of your life into your work can make work more interesting and fun. It’s easier than you think, requiring only a bit of creative thinking and experimentation. It is not just about finding what you love to do. It is about weaving the many parts of your world together to create new patterns and textures in all parts of your life.
With small changes, start more consciously to connect your life and your work.
- Inject your life into your work. Bring one aspect of your life to work—sports, skills, community interest—by starting an affinity group, playing on a company team, or organizing a give-back day to one of your favorite charities.
- Build a skill that makes work and life better. Seek training opportunities that provide skills that you can use both professionally and personally. For example, speakers’ training (e.g., Toastmasters) can help you build greater confidence and visibility at work and in your community.
- Connect the people in your work life and your personal life. Start your own personal networking group, bringing personal and work friends together. Discover fun and new opportunities as everyone connects and creates new possibilities for themselves and for you.