Since turning 16 years old I have always had a full time job, and for the past 15 years I have been searching to find the right job for me. Whether at a restaurant or in an office setting I have always strived to work my hardest and to show my managers that they made a great choice hiring me. Up till now I really haven't thought about whether or not the job I was at made me happy, or if I felt like at the end of the day that I truly loved my job. “Because what we do for a living encompasses so much of our time, it's important for our overall well-being to do what we love and love what we do. When people are doing what they were meant to do, they deepen their sense of meaning and purpose (Occupational Wellness, n.d.).” Now that I have turned 31, I feel like I need to put goals in place to work towards a stable job that pays well to provide for my future, a job that still leaves me with free time for my friends and family, and a job that I know I can be happy working at until retirement. With that said I know I need to put together an Occupational Wellness plan that can help me gain the tools and knowledge needed to get me to that perfect job. The way I will put together a strong plan is by focusing on five steps; Developing personal awareness, Establishing initial priorities, Exploring and evaluating these initial priorities, Developing action steps toward a priority goal, and lastly appraising progress (Harper R., Drake D., Larkin L., Manning M, and Woods B., 2010, Occupational and
Educational Wellness). By putting a plan together now early in my career I can guarantee myself less stress and more happiness at work. With happiness comes productivity, and with productivity comes praise and promotions. You have to like what you do in order to be fully productive, I know from personal experience that being unhappy at work shows in your work. Lastly and most important, I need to get the education to be ready for those upper level...
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