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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Escape Part 1: Finding my passions, knowing my limits

Well, it's been awhile since I've put a lot of energy into The Job Problem. Mostly I felt like there was too much negative energy coming out of my brooding over my job situation, and frankly, I needed a break. And now I'm going to re-explore the issue, but I want to try to focus more on where to go from here instead of my frustrations with my job now.

For the record, there's nothing really wrong with my job. It pays well, doesn't really involve too much customer service, gives good bennies, and no one has really lectured me too much about how I roll in late every morning. I guess I'm lucky to work with a group of fellow non-morning persons. All except the other secretary. She lives a lot further away than I do, and she's still in the office an hour before me. I don't even want to think about what time she gets up. I have a hard enough time dragging my tired ass in there at 9:30, and I live about a half mile away.

But none of that is really the point of this post, so I'll get to that instead: I've just started reading a book called the Anti 9 to 5 Guide by Michelle Goodman. I found out about the book through Ramit Sethi's finance blog. Google him if you're interested in finance at all. He's got a lot of good information. (Alright, I got off my lazy butt and got the link for you: I Will Teach You To Be Rich. You're welcome.)

Anyway, the first chapter of the Anti 9 to 5 Guide advises me to get busy making lists to identify (1) What I like to do, (2) What I'd like to learn, (3) What I'd like to avoid, and (4) Where I'd be comfortable working. So this post is to document my lists. The book also suggests asking friends what they think I should do based on what they know about me. So I'm inviting anyone who reads this blog (and, indeed, thank you for reading), to give me any suggestions that come to mind.

What I Love

Editing words
Playing & Writing music
Drinking coffee
Editing music
Analyzing grammar
Word processing
Scanning documents
Word games
Scenic driving
Collecting music and movies

What I'd like to Learn

Business skills
Improve my music skills
Better people skills
Better sewing skills
More technical German

What I'd like to Avoid

Waking up early
Asking for time off
Meetings - especially pointless ones
Red tape
Staying to the end of the day, even if there's nothing to do
Too involved customer service

My comfortable environment

Autonomy - little group work, large independent responsibility
Friendly but professionally distant coworkers
No time restrictions
Homey environment
Little or no commuting
No micromanagement
In fact, I'd like to just be my own boss, make my own decisions

Currently reading :
The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube
By Michelle Goodman
Release date: 28 December, 2006

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