In just about every type of career choice there are things you have to deal with that are just not enjoyable. This is even true when you are doing a career that you love. I’m a professional video producer which is something I love, but there are things about the job that I definitely don’t like doing. I’m sure there are details in a job that you love that are annoying to you as well.
You wish that you could just do the fun stuff all the time.
Even when you start a career that you love you’re going to discover struggles that you wish you could just jump over and avoid. As a video producer the pre-production process can be really difficult at times. Especially when you are trying to constantly do greater work every time you take on a new project. Your brain can just feel burned out and empty.
It can be discouraging when you feel like you are doing mediocre work. This happens more often than you’d like it to.
Loving what you do is a process.
Learning to love the unenjoyable parts of a job is not easy. It’s going to take some time to realize that the small and tedious parts of what you do are really what make what you do so great. Those annoying little things are what make your work greater.
The seemingly insignificant parts of what you love to do are the building blocks of your great work.
It’s the small repetitions and focus on the details that really resonate in a finished project. So how can you learn to love to do things that feel like the bane of your existence?
- You have to be conscious of why you are doing the detail work. Remind yourself that doing the groundwork and focusing on the details is for a greater good of a project or for others.
- The details can help keep your organized and aware. Knowing the ins and outs of a project might just be the one thing that keeps your project on track. Forgetting something can slow things down or ruin a good presentation.
- Remember that you’ll be glad that you do the tedious stuff. Putting things under a microscope might just be the one thing that saves you from making an error. If you know the details you can have a better understanding of why you are doing a specific task. It also can help you make better decisions throughout the project.
The more you allow yourself to care about the tasks that annoy you, the more you can show that you truly are a master of your craft. You start to see that the big picture is awesome because of the details and not the other way around.