Working can be a drag sometimes, even when we are working in a job that we love. Problems come up in the best of work environments. Whether we work for others or start and grow our own business, we face continual challenges. Family caregivers, as well as work-at-home parents and grandparents, also are often are on overload. Being in transition and out of work with little or no source of income, with too much time and too little to do is even more frustrating. So what's the solution? How can we achieve peace of mind, never mind happiness, in today's every-changing, chaotic work world?
Joan Marques, Ed.D. has come up with a simple tool to help us focus and achieve a sense of equilibrium, and even joy, on a daily basis, no matter what work or lack-of-work situation we find ourselves in. Marques's tool is a 400-page daily calendar book. Since most of us change careers three to seven times and change jobs 10 to 12 times during our income-producing years, we can benefit from using this tool.
The concept of a daily calendar of positive quotes is not new. What is unique about Joy at Work, Work at Joy: Living and Working Mindfully Every Day is that the focus is JOY. Every page in this book of joy is devoted to a day of the year. Each page is divided into the following three sections:
When the author of this article received the galley copy of the joy calendar book, the first thing she did was to look at the current day's words of wisdom: "Who has confidence in himself will gain the confidence of others" —Leis Lazarow. These words were just what she needed to hear that day.
- a thought-provoking "Guiding Quote," that gives us something to reflect upon;
- a practical and positive "Action," that can help us focus;
- a "Point to Ponder," (usually in a short story format), in which the author builds upon the theme of the quote.
For those who come into contact with the daily reader of Joy at Work, Work at Joy, look out! Dr. Joan Marques' pragmatic approach to this 365-day program, to bring positive thoughts and actions into our lives, can dramatically change how we approach each day and can turn our workplace into a more joyful and productive space, not only for us, but also for those around us.
Joy is contagious.
Joan Marques, Ed.D. facilitates business courses focusing on organizational leadership and workplace behavior at Woodbury University. She has founded and managed several for-profit and non-profit entities in Suriname, South America; is co-founder of the Business Renaissance Institute and the Academy for Spirituality and Professional Excellence (ASPEX), founding editor of 4 globally distributed journals for scholars and practitioners in the U.S., and author of more than 200 scholarly and popular articles and of several books, including The Awakened Leader, Spirituality in the Workplace, and The Workplace and Spirituality. She lives in Burbank, California. Visit her website.
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