Immersing yourself in your chosen vocation involves absorbing everything your industry throws at you. This results in you holding the answers to all problem-solving issues your peers may have. Utilising new media can help you keep up to date with any trends in the industry, which will help you plot any opportunities to be innovative and make the difference. Recruiters and bosses alike love someone who immerses themselves into any given task, it is a tell-tale sign of someone who lives and breathes the job they do.
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By becoming fully engaged with your work, you are achieving the state of mind ‘flow’. ‘Flow’ is a state of mind concept proposed by psychologist Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi, and you will find yourself doing the following things:
- Being focused on the task in hand
- Forgetting about the outside world
- Losing track of time
- Feeling happy and in control
- Becoming creative and productive
To be able to progress in your career, bosses and recruiters need to see you become immersed in what you do. Here are our top four benefits to immersing yourself in your career, and how it can help your personal and professional development:
Higher Levels of Productivity
1. Higher Levels of Productivity
When you immerse yourself, you will find you get more done, get the important stuff done and you will be happier with your performance overall, which will help your confidence and will not go unnoticed by your boss and peers. You will find you work more efficiently rather than stopping and starting upon distractions, and that feeling will be hugely satisfying and rewarding.
You will set the standard for others to follow and being a role model will be hugely impressive to any suitor looking to hire you in years to come. We have an influence on all those around us and having an infectious, positive attitude will lead to a higher morale in the team.
The more you immerse yourself, the more energy you bring to the role, the more confidence you portray and that first impression when you begin to network is pivotal to the success of your career. You will have less stress and will be happier, which will transfer into your personal life so being productive has a whole range of benefits.
2. More Control
In the state of flow you will have complete control of everything including your emotions. Your work will come naturally to you and the increased level of performance will give you a lot more confidence to be able to take on more challenges. Being in control has its benefits professionally and mentally, with studies conducted by the National Institute of Aging showing that allowing your mind to become disorganised can actually be bad for you.
‘A disorganised mind leads to high stress, chronic negativity and impulsivity. These states stifle productivity and contribute to a slew of health problems including weight gain, heart disease, sleeping problems and migraines.’ – National Institute of Aging.
By staying in control, you are in charge of your own destiny. You hold the key to your own success.
3. More Energetic
A study conducted by Warwick University found happier people are 12% more productive in the workplace, they use their extra energy to work more effectively to produce better results.
The benefits to enjoying what you do and becoming fully engaged with your work aren’t limited purely to your professional development but also your physical and mental well-being. You will find yourself sleeping easier, exercising more and feeling more relaxed mentally, as you will be in control of the direction you are heading in.
Bosses and recruiters are always on the lookout for energetic, self-starting individuals with high levels of initiative. By immersing yourself in your job you are showing you have the qualities and the personality to succeed.
4. More Opportunities
By being passionate about your work you are striving to better yourself on a daily basis, you are displaying all the things your bosses are looking for when it comes to career progression. Your improved confidence will see you seek out opportunities for growth and that can-do attitude will take you far.
The knowledge you pick up along the way combined with your relentless attitude towards self-improvement will see you reap the rewards for years to come and make that smell of success even sweeter.
That extra energy won’t be able to be ignored by your bosses, who will likely regard you as the go-to colleague for any progression or promotion opportunities within the company. Bosses are always on the lookout for vibrant, eager and enthusiastic colleagues, they won’t make the effort for clock watchers!
‘You must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work… You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That is the secret to success and is the key to being regarded honourably’ – Jiro Ono.
Immersing yourself in what you do does not mean working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you still need to maintain a healthy work-life balance, but what it does mean is absorbing everything your industry throws at you.
Stand out to your bosses, stand out in front of your peers by becoming the go-to person in your office. Once you live and breathe what you do, you set yourself on the pathway to success.