Is your job fun (TGIM)?

Did you wake up this morning, and couldn’t wait to jump out of bed, finish your morning routine and rush off to work (TGIM – Thank Goodness It’s Monday) ? Do you look forward to getting to your office, smelling the fresh coffee, and seeing the smiling faces around your cubicle?

This past week I was listening to a podcast on CBC Radio about Lister Sinclair. Lister used to be a producer for one of the more interesting radio shows, Ideas. Ideas, to me, was like a Dr. Seuss book – the subjects ranged from A to Z and everything in between. Lister died at the age of 85, after having contributed to the broadcasting field for 60 of those years. One particular statement caught my ear; Lister called his work "The fun factory". Those two words are rarely heard together.

Fun: The therapeutic refreshment of one’s body or mind. Factory: The place to gather and concentrate resources — workers, capital and plant.

Lister had the "TGIM" bug. For most people, fun is reserved for the weekend, hence the widely accepted term "TGIF", or "Thank Goodness It’s Friday". The weekend is when you have fun and rejuvenate, in order to enable you to get through the week. Is it possible for work to be like this? I believe it is possible. I calculated that if just 10% of the working population felt that way, 20 million people went to their "fun factory" this week. Yes, it is a small percentage, however, that is still a heck of a lot of people who are on the right track.

Lister had fun and we all benefited from this. When you are having fun, you are 60% more likely to have a long and healthy life.

Next week I will share 3 ideas on how to find your very own "fun factory". If you can’t wait until next Friday, then visit us online at www.careerjoy.com to book a consultation. Life is too long and too short to spend it any other way!

Along the road with you, Alan Kearns

This week’s 10 Minute WORKout: How would you describe your "Fun Factory"?