4 ways to do more Great Work
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.” – Steve Jobs
At X or Y we’ve been on a mission lately to help people discover what great work means to them, and how to do more of it. Here’s what we’ve discovered.
- Work out what “Great Work” is for you by reflecting on 3 career peak moments – times where you were making a significant impact and you were 100% engaged. What was happening? Why was it a career peak? if you work out what the themes are, that becomes your view of what Great Work is. But it doesn’t come find you; you need to create the proactive opportunities to do more Great Work.
- Spell out your personal values on paper (here’s one way to do it), and focus on work that hits at least 2 of those values.
- Get a coach. You need people around you to hold you accountable for doing Great Work and not being mediocre. Maybe your manager does this. But probably not. So get a coach. (Not a mentor, they just tell you what they’d do in the situation; you need a coach to question you and prod you).
- Get in flow. Your best work probably comes from creating the space / bandwidth / time to think more deeply about issues than other people. You probably aren’t going to do Great Work when you’re checking email or social media. So, find the time and space to get in flow. Most people are at their most productive around 2-4 hours after waking up so make sure you use that time wisely.
Whatever Great Work is to you, make sure you know what it looks and feels like, and set yourself up to do more of it.