I’m an artist.
I love creating. I love those who create. I love the whole vibe from creative people.
This past weekend I got to do 24 Hour Plays, where a play is cast, written and performed all the course of 24 hours. Awesome and challenging. It was such a thrill to experience that creativity explosion with other writers, actors and directors (here’s my 24 Hour Play experience from last year).
On Monday, it was back to my day job which isn’t always creative. Like most day jobs, there’s a lot of redundancy, e-mailing, spreadsheets, meetings and numbers.
I love my day job.
- I love that my employers know I’m a creative person and allow me to do creative things that benefit the company.
- I love that my day job doesn’t rule my life–it simply borrows me for 1/3 of my Mondays thru Fridays.
- I love that my day job fuels my creative projects like this blog or writing this book to help other creative people.
- I love that my day job is teaching me things about business that I wouldn’t know otherwise.
Artists with day jobs have two choices: embrace or resent. It’s a terrible existence to spend 40+ hours per week living in resentment–why not embrace and enjoy your day job!
How to Enjoy Your Day Job
A few ways you can change your day job mindset…
Make a List
Make a list of four or five reasons you are thankful for your day job, just like the list above. Begin every sentence with “I love that my day job…”
Use it As Fuel
Cars don’t run without gas and dreams don’t get accomplished without support. A day job is support to your creative dreams. Realizing that your day job fuels your creative projects and dreams gives purpose to the spreadsheets and meetings.
Talk to Your Employer
Does your employer know what your creative gifts and talents are? If not, let them know! You might be surprised how many c-level executives are looking for creative solutions to problems that you might have answers to. As an example, I’ve gone from sales rep to writing, casting and directing commercials for my company, all because I let my employer know what my gifts were. So grateful.
I got up at 5:00 AM today to write this post and get ready for my day job that starts at 8:00 AM. I’m grateful. I’m so thankful that I have a great day job. I’m thankful that I can get up early. That I can do something creative before delving into the sales department. Grateful that I can support my family and still be creative.