Over the past few weeks, I’ve begun to notice the secret to enjoying the work I do. Here’s what I found, and how you can use this secret in your own life.
Recently, I read the book So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport. In the book, one of the key principles emphasized is that getting better at your work is key to enjoying your work.
I didn’t understand what this meant at first. But after experiencing the feeling of getting better (and getting worse) at my work, I’ve noticed how I enjoy the work that I do.
To understand why, let’s look to my AP Chemistry class. In the first half of the school year, I was a top student in the class. I aced every test and ended up with a perfect 100.0 at the end of the semester.
I was great at chemistry (for my level at least). In fact, I started to enjoy it.
But that changed this semester. With the addition of an after-school sport (tennis) and a college Calculus course, I’ve had less available time recently.
The extra time commitment (especially to tennis) means that I can’t spend as much time as I used to on AP Chem.
That’s led to worse performance in the class. I’m still a relatively good student, but my performance has dipped recently.
I’ve noticed that this has led to less enjoyment when doing chemistry.
Thankfully, however, this is starting to change.
Since I recognized the root of my problem, I’ve focused on doing better work. I’m improving my abilities, increasing my satisfaction from doing chemistry homework as a result
Thanks for reading!