I was recently challenged to evaluate my business based on the tasks that make me happy, as well as the tasks that I am really good at. It is one of those things that is based on the idea that you should spend the large majority of your time doing things that you love and things that you are good at ... and that really shouldn't always include the things that you are good at that you hate.
So, I started writing down each thing that I do ... and I was a little horrified that I really wasn't writing that I enjoyed doing a lot of the things that I was doing. However, I love my job ... so something wasn't making sense!
I started to look at the things on my list ... like cutting metal, cutting boards, cutting fabric, ironing fabric ... you get the idea. And really I don't love most of these things ... especially the ironing! However, when I get finished making a magnet board, I can honestly say that I LOVE making magnet boards! The finished product is beautiful!
I also don't really like wrapping things in plastic, securing them with bubble wrap, packing and taping boxes ... But the satisfaction that I get when I put that shipping label on packages is hard to explain.
By the end of this exercise I was really concerned ... wondering if this business that I have poured my heart and soul into was completely wrong for me!
After fretting over this for a couple weeks and then getting completely distracted by some fabulous new product ideas that I have come up with, it occurred to me that I love the process of what I do ... I love my work as a whole, not the individual parts. It is the mix of the things that I do almost everyday that keeps me coming back to do more. It is the fact that I never have to sit and do one mundane task over and over that makes work something I am passionate about. It is the finished product, knowing that I did all of those steps and ended up with something fabulous.
It is work ... and I LOVE it!