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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

Writing
Painting
Singing
Sewing
Drawing
Photoshopping
Editing words
Biking
Playing & Writing music
Hiking
Drinking coffee
Editing music
Analyzing grammar
Tutoring
Word processing
Scanning documents
Reading
Mathematics
Riddles
Word games
Scenic driving
Crocheting
Baseball
Soccer
Collecting music and movies
Mod-podging


What I'd like to Learn

Business skills
Finances
Improve my music skills
Knitting
Better people skills
Better sewing skills
Latin
More technical German
Yoga


What I'd like to Avoid

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


My comfortable environment

Relaxed
Autonomy - little group work, large independent responsibility
Friendly but professionally distant coworkers
No time restrictions
Homey environment
Music-friendly
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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