You should be thrilled to go to work. Pure and Simple.


If you don't feel the urge to get up every morning and get your job done, you should be making quiet plans to find a place that you find interesting and that challenges you each and every day.


Now, I'm not suggesting that you go out and quit your job tomorrow, especially in this uncertain job environment, but your dream job should be the top objective in your one-year and five-year plans.



Don't have a one-year or five-year plan? You should.



What's it take to have a plan? Just write down what you want to be doing in one year, and five years down the road, and list how you plan to get there. It doesn't have to be complex, but you do have to start listing your objectives and goals to get you rolling in the right direction.



And one of the top things on your list should be working at a job that best suits you, one that you enjoy, and one that you find challenging.



But don't confuse loving your job with working less. That may be the case for a few people, but for the most part it usually means working more. Sounds counterintuitive, huh? But trust me; if you like your job, and what you're doing, there won't be enough time in the day to get stuff done.



If you're not doing what excites you right now then it might take some training and education to get there. The bonus here is that if you undertake training to get to your dream job, it is possible that your current boss will see that as initiative on your part, and help you out by giving you work that correlates with your new training. This will just reinforce your new job skills.



The good news is that for many workers training and education resources are still available. Like I tell many of my corporate students, if you're not using the training money your company has set aside for you then you're throwing away this bonus that they offer. Would you throw away cash if your company offered it? All it takes is an investment from you to see a multitude of rewards in taking advantage of training and continuing education resources.



Don't know what you'd like to do? If it has something to do with networking then you're in the right place. If you don't know what your dream job might be, or you're not sure, there are plenty of resources at your local bookstore or on the web. The point is to get out there and try new things. Ask friends, talk to people, this will help you figure out what you'd like to be doing.



You should feel challenged and be learning something new every day. If you are, then you'll look forward to getting up every day and going to work.