A reminder of why it all matters

by Lauren Van Schepen
follow me on Twitter: @lvanschepen

In December a childhood friend of mine signed a major record deal. Another friend, previously unhappy in a PR gig, took a director position in a presidential campaign last month. Someone in my professional network is getting ready to move to West Africa to do economic development work

And I'm sitting here at my desk, answering another email about conference registration.

It's easy to identify the excitement and meaning in others' work, but lately I've been trying to intentionally connect some of my more mundane tasks with the mission of the organization I work for. This work may not make City Pages, or even Pollen, but I know it is important. It can just be difficult to feel its importance.

I've mapped out the effect of a few of my least glamorous job responsibilities below. I would highly recommend diagramming if you're questioning the importance or meaning of your work. Visualizing a connection to an inspiring mission may be what you need to not just get through that mail merge, but see its meaning. Happy diagramming!

YNPN Blog | March 2012

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