At my last job, one of my tasks that didn’t exactly fall in my job description was being tech support for the rest of the staff. No one ever asked me to do it. I did it partly because there was a void there, but also because I enjoyed it. Every now and then, I would schedule a full “tech” day just to focus on certain things that needed my attention. I did troubleshooting, network maintenance, software upgrades, projector installs, new computer setups, and whatever else needed to be done. I remember looking forward to my days that were set aside for tech work. Working on computers all day doesn’t really feel like work to me. I actually like it.
A few days ago, my friend Dan and I started building a web site for a mutual friend. We had sat down a few weeks ago to talk about what the site needed to be like, but now we finally got all the hosting and domain details set so we could get started. I brewed some tasty coffee, and then we got started at 9pm. We had the site basically set up by about 1am (it’s a pretty basic site). There was still a lot of content that needed to be added and some design tweaks that needed touching up, but the first big part of the job was done. And you know what? It was a blast and I learned a ton.
In a perfect world, I suppose everyone would have jobs that they love and that feel more like play than work. There is something great about being productive and having fun while your at it. It’s even better when you get to help someone out in the process. The things I have to work on certainly aren’t all fun, but in those moments when work and play coincide, it’s a gift. I hope you get a chance to be productive doing something you love today!