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Raise Your Hand if You Hate Your Job!

"Oh, oh, and I almost forgot. Ahh, I'm also gonna need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too... "

My awesome friend, Mr. Andrew Weitsman, had a nifty little idea a while back! Apparently he has so many bright ideas that there just aren’t enough hours in the day for him to write about them! So he has a plethora of blog posts just waiting to be used up. He gave said ideas away to those who were interested so, of course, I jumped at the chance to help these poor little orphaned posts out by giving them a home!

The following is one of Andrew’s blog post ideas. I have bolded his content so that there’s a distinction between his thoughts and my own input. I do hope you enjoy and check out Andrew’s blog sometime as well!

7 Tips & Tricks for Those Who Hate Their Jobs But Still Need to be Productive and/or Efficient & Have no Other Options

1. Create a fantasy role around your work day, such as “Ashley was trapped deep behind enemy lines, forced to collate copies and send the department head weekly updates, all while gathering the information that she could use to bring them down.”

Frankly, I don’t really know what to say about this one because my imagination is not nearly as active as Mr. Weitsman’s… A word to the wise, however: keep the “I’m going to bring this company down” thoughts to yourself, as that sort of chit chat, if overheard or read, can and will get you fired.

2. Invest yourself in your hobbies. As long as you can at least somewhat tolerate your work but are having a great time outside of it, you’ll be fine.

I like this one. A huge key to happiness is work/life balance. If you can leave your work at the office and come home to enjoy your family, friends, hobbies, etc. you will at least have something to look forward to while you tolerate your work day.

3. Look into a work-from-home option.  Refer to the book “The 4-hour Workweek” (or ask Andrew) for more info on this.

This would be awesome, right? Unfortunately, a lot of employers aren’t terribly keen on this idea for one reason or another. In many cases an employer gets burned by a past employee to whom they gave too much leeway and therefore developed an unwarranted distrust of all future employees. I personally haven’t read the book, but I may have to look into it…

4. Batch tasks.  Andrew wrote a post about this somewhere, but basically it’s doing all associated tasks at once (ie: checking email, making calls, filling out reports, etc).  It cuts down on frivolous time expenditures, which will let you leave work earlier.

This sounds like a no-brainer, but even the most dedicated employees need a reminder every once in a while. This is going to help you be so much more productive and minimize distractions. One thing that helps me is shutting down my Outlook except to check it once each hour (or at least turning off that little pop-up notification that is oh-so distracting!)

5. Integrate yourself with other departments on projects.  If you can distance yourself from those who are giving you grief and move more towards another area where you like the people and the work more, you might be able to get a transfer.

This brings up a good point. Do you hate your job or do you hate your coworkers? Remember, if you like your job but hate the people you work with, it is okay to focus more on work and less on personal interactions. You are there to do a job, not become best friends with your weirdo cube-mate.

6. Use some of those vacation days.  Sometimes, it’s a need to distance oneself from work over actually hating the job.  When you come back from a (hopefully) relaxing trip, if things still suck, maybe you should look into a career (or at least office) change.

Everyone deserves a vacation. Even if it’s just a “staycation” as I call it, aka using vacation time to just relax without ever leaving your city.

7. Look into your core competencies and interests and determine if you can start a personal side-business in your off time.  It’s easier than you’d think, and you can build personal income and business reputation while still pulling in the big bucks from your office job.

If you are serious about freelancing, I would like to recommend “My So-Called Freelance Life” or “The Anti 9-to-5 Guide” both by Michelle Goodman. The transition from a desk job to a freelance career will be much smoother with a little knowledge under your cap.

I would like to leave you with one parting thought: If your job is making you so miserable that you are taking a bad attitude home with you, making the people around you unhappy, losing the ability to function at work, having frequent work-related meltdowns, or if it is affecting your physical and/or mental health, GET OUT!

Take it from somebody who knows firsthand what a job like that can do to you. No job is worth your physical or mental well-being. You have options! Freelance, temp, work two part-time retail jobs, whatever it takes to get you out of that situation. Seriously.

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I am a Freelancer

April 18, 2010 9 comments

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There, I said it. And even as I sit here typing the words, I’m thinking to myself, “Self, you’re a liar. How can you call yourself a freelancer when you have no clients?” Okay so my inner monologue is not nearly as supportive as one would hope…

But I have decided to follow the advice of a very wise man who I once heard speak about creating a vision for your life. He suggested making an “I am” statement instead of an “I want to be” statement. His logic is that rather than just setting goals, which take will power to achieve and rarely last, making an “I am” statement creates a vision for your future. He believes that once you create a vision for your life, you live that vision. Your daily rituals change, and you slowly become the person you say you are in your “I am” statement.

I love this idea. It seems so simple, but I honestly hadn’t ever thought of my future this way. I always set goals for myself, of course, but never realized that when I didn’t meet said goals it was because the will power wasn’t there and I simply hadn’t done enough to change my actions to create the future I had hoped for.

So I’ve already begun changing my daily rituals to reflect my vision and I can’t wait to continue! For now, this is my full-time gig, and can I just say that it is hands-down the most liberating feeling in the world? Of course I’m still looking for my next fabulous job here in Kansas City, but I am 100% committed to my vision statement even if it ends up just being an evening/weekend thing!

So rather than sitting here listening to the naysayer in my head tell me that I’m not yet a freelancer, I’m going to go ahead and say it:

I, Ashley Nicole Campbell, am a New Media Consultant and Freelance Copywriter!

That wasn’t so hard…

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