How to Find More Passion and Purpose in Your Workday

We all go through times when we don’t feel passionate about what we’re working on. When you’re feeling unmotivated, small steps can help rejuvenate and reframe you, so you can find purpose in your work and emerge as your most effective, passionate self.

Here are four simple strategies that can help you feel more passion and motivation during the workday:

Reframe your story

Research shows that our self-talk affects the drive and passion we bring to our work. In Quartz, Cassie Werber writes that our feelings about our work often stem from “career mapping” – the maps we write of our career paths. To reframe a task you’re working on, try focusing on the skills you’re learning, the people you’re working with, and even the end result. As Werber says, reframing can “transform the way you feel about what you’re already doing.”

Begin to “sculpt work”

Job carving, explains Tim Herrera in the New York Times, means slowly shifting our responsibilities within our position from what exhausts us to what energizes us. Herrera encourages people to write down their loves and dislikes about their careers, and to identify hidden clues about what feels significant and what doesn’t. “This exercise gives you a roadmap for how to focus your time and energy on the things that excite you,” Herrera writes. To get started, try talking to your handover manager and find other projects that might help you progress in your career. Chances are, they’re happy that you have a long-term plan to stay committed to your job.

Contact your colleagues to register

The people we work with can have a big impact on how we feel about the work we do. If you don’t feel passionate about what you’re working on, ask a colleague what they’re doing. When you approach someone to ask a simple question, you build a deeper connection that can help bring more joy and meaning to your daily work.

Focus on a bigger goal

Experts say finding meaning has nothing to do with our job titles or our position in the hierarchy of our company. In The New York Time Magazine, Charles Duhigg cites a study in which researchers found that some hospital janitors seemed happier than others – and the reason was simply because they felt meaning in their jobs. “Some of the housekeeping staff saw their work not as mere tidying up, but as a form of healing,” says Duhigg. “If you see your job as caring for the sick, rather than just cleaning up the mess, you’ll likely have a deeper sense of purpose each time you grab the mop.”