Archive for May, 2013
Having nothing to do. As much as work can be annoying or difficult or frustrating, there is nothing worse than have nothing to do all day. There is only so much surfing the internet and checking your email you can do.
Sure I try to get involved in other projects, but there are some days that are just dead. It would be the perfect time to just go home or chill in a park somewhere. Even just a small nap would make the time go by quicker.
Man sometimes you just run out of stuff to do.
I think my biggest problem is that I get lazy.
It’s really the thing that holds me back from everything. I get lazy and just do the bare minimum of what I need to do on a regular basis. This is at work and home it seems.
Well I think it’s time to change that. From now on, I’m not going to be lazy any more. I’m going to look for the things that I need to do to proactively make my life better.
I’m starting with baby steps here. One example is working out: I tend to think of exercise as an all or nothing activity. Either I get a gym membership, go to the gym, change clothes, lift weights, run on the treadmill, shower, change back, and then go home or back to work OR I sit and do absolutely nothing. This is a terrible way to look at it. Guess which one I choose most of the time?
So, baby steps. I’m going to do one set of one of each of these 4 exercises every night before bed:
One-legged dead lifts
Enough to work the whole body, even if it is only a little at a time. It’s better than nothing. I’ll slowly work my way up to doing more, but I’m making a point to at least do something every day.
Same with work. Instead of going above and beyond to learn a new skill, I’ll do one small thing every day. Something I’ve been meaning to do for awhile is to learn VBA. It always seems so daunting. So I’m going to find a tutorial and do one small step every day. Just enough to keep me into it, but not so much to make me quit.
That’s my plan for now.
Strange how time flies when things are changing.
Well, I got laid off in February. I knew it was coming. They told me back in November that it was going to happen. I was really unhappy about it at first. But over time, it was freeing. I was given until Feb to look for another job. Which was pretty awesome. I didn’t find one during this time, but shortly afterward, so things are okay.
But I did something crazy and interesting. I moved with my girlfriend to a big city across the country. San Francisco to be exact. It’s been awesome. We’ve been here since Feb and I’m really enjoying it.
I found myself another exciting cubicle job. But this time I’m looking at it a bit differently. I’m not just surviving the cubicle anymore. I’m thriving. I’ve had a huge change of perspective over the past 6 months.
I’ve realized that I’m never going to quit the easy office job and do something crazy. I’m getting older and have really realized how nice it is to have a paycheck. What I am going to do is take an active role in building my career. No more will I sit around and wait for someone to recognize my greatness and give me a better job. I’m going to work hard and make sure I get that better job myself. There is no more time for waiting for good things to happen. If I don’t take control and make it happen, it never will.
Another thing I’ve been realizing is that your location really does matter when it comes to being happy in a job. Back in the cold winters I felt like crap going from a warm bed to a freezing walk to a boring office. Now I get to be in beautiful weather and see awesome views every day. California is great.