Episode 072: Learning to Work Happy With Jo Casey

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Jo Casey

Jo Casey, host of The Work Happy podcast, is on a mission to show people how to be happier in their work. Happiness and work aren’t mutually exclusive. Learn how to boost your happiness at work and become more resilient.

Jo started her career in the private sector, working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers in London. There she learned the source of her work happiness came from having more meaningful connections with people. Knowing that about herself, she left corporate life to for the public sector, so she could work more directly with people.

She was so interested in what made people happy in their work, she got her Masters Degree in Coaching and Organizational Development. Almost two years ago she decided she could no longer ignore her entrepreneurial ambitions, so she launched her own blog and coaching company, JoCasey.com.

With 12 years and 1,000+ hours of coaching experience under her belt, she has become a resilience expert about how you can become more happy in your work.

Key UnStuckable Takeaway

Being happy in your work is not only possible, but you have more control over your own happiness than you might have realized!

Work doesn’t have to be miserable to be considered work. If you already know you are unhappy in your work, than why don’t you think you deserve to be happy?

Most of us don’t derive our day-to-day happiness from promotions, titles, salary increases, bonuses and other corporate perks.  Our daily happiness is influenced by several different factors including:

1. Understanding of our own personal source of happiness.

2. Managing stress on a daily basis.

3. Controlling distractions that prevent us from doing quality work.

4. Aligning our personal values with our work opportunities.

Create time each day for reflection for a deeper awareness about what makes you truly happy.

Quick Action to Get Unstuck

Start researching people that inspire you to learn more about why they inspire you!   

This a great exercise to find your “why” or what you true purpose might be in life. Take the time to do some light research about the people you admire the most or who inspire you.

Learn about their values and goals. Discover how they like to work and live. Which of their values or ideals do you identify with the most?

You might consider creating a visualization of your heroes, so you can be inspired by their values and your own values on a daily basis as you seek your own unique path in life.

UnStuckable Quotes From Jo

“A lot of the judgements we can make about ourselves and other people can be real barriers to our happiness.”

 “You can now create business on a bootstrapping basis and still get really good  results.”

“That’s what is so great about the age we live in . . . you can find a model or a lifestyle that suits you.”

” I was so scared of entrepreneurship when I was 25, but when I turned 40 I was scared I was never going to do it.”

“What makes us happy is knowing your ‘why,’ having a connection and feeling the right amount of stretch.”

“We’re never stopping and paying attention to how we are feeling.”

“There is loads of research showing that if we can focus on one task at a time we are more productive during that time.”

“Constant interruptions is quite stressful on our brains.”

“Resilience is your emotional muscular strength.”

“Entrepreneurs take on too much and then get overwhelmed by it.”

“Someone who is unstuckable knows they are filled with possibilities.” 

“People with high levels of confidence are very good at noticing their progress, as well as all of the things they’d still like to achieve.” 

More Habits & Actions

  •  Even when Jo was working full time, she says she always had a side project she was working on as a creative outlet.
  • As an entrepreneur, Jo is very “heart-centered”.  She pursues opportunities aligned with her values.
  • Turning 40 inspired her to take action and go after her entrepreneurial ambitions.
  • Jo recommends regularly checking in with your feelings to see if you are happy with your work or not.
  • A key habit to develop is learning how to stop and take a break from our work, so we can creative some quiet time for ourselves.
  • Set a timer for three minutes and focus on your breath as an exercise to slow down your life.
  • Try solo-tasking instead of multitasking.
  • Check your email no more than three times a day.
  • As a way to build up your resilience, it’s important to carve out active relaxation time, like going for a walk or spending time with friends.  Those activities help get rid of the stress chemicals in your brain.
  • When you are feeling overwhelmed ask yourself these key questions: 1) What do I want? 2) What’s is in the realm of my control? It will help reduce your stress, so you can think about the problem more logically.
  • A support network of like-minded people is crucial to help manage your stress.
  • At the end of each day, write down five things that went well that day and recognize your achievements, no matter how small they might be.

Alternative Perspectives

  • While working as a trainer for PriceWaterhouseCooper, Jo realized a large source of her happiness and motivation came from having a closer connection with her clients.
  • When many entrepreneurs finally achieve financial success they realize it didn’t create the happiness they thought it would.
  • The web and mobile have dramatically increased the number of ways to become an entrepreneur and widened the path to entrepreneurship.
  • Success, promotions and money aren’t particularly the things that make us happy.
  • Many people are unhappy in their job because they don’t have a sense of autonomy over their work.

Resources

The Work Happy podcast

The Work Happy blog 

Article: Google creates new rules around it’s 20% time for personal projects

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