Posts Tagged ‘i hate my job’

My monday mornings start with a hike with a group of friends – climbing, huffing, puffing, chatting. Today’s hike was in the foggy hills, it was exhilirating.  And a funny thing happened as we walked. We realized each of us used to hate Monday mornings.  We used to work 9-5 jobs.  Now we hike Monday mornings.  We all still work.. just differently.

Jealous?  Ya, I remember working and seeing women out for a run and wishing it were me.   Okay, maybe this post isn’t cheering you up. Sorry. But honestly, your life can be different.  And it will be!  (picture me enthusiastically cheering you on!) You, too, can hike on Monday mornings!

In the meantime, imagine it. Oh, and get a coach to get clear, create plans, and get going.   Mondays don’t have to suck anymore.  What’s your dream?


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ask yourself “how can I make this funny?”

No. Wait. I take that back.  Ask yourself this question before all else fails!

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An article worthy of taking that extra click:  office bullying – it exists, and you may recognize it when you read the article. 


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I really don’t watch TV much. But when I do, there are always digs on every show that has a cubicle, about hell in the cubicle.  Pretty much sets a standard to hate your cubicle.  Of course, they are playing to the general population who really don’t want to be in a cubicle all day.. but what if you actually liked showing up to your cubicle? What if you liked your work? What if your boss isn’t an idiot and your co-workers don’t have square eyes? What if no one is big brothering your email?   Do you still feel some sort of pressure to hate your cubicle?

I’m just curious. I don’t actually know anyone who likes their cubicle. But if you do, congrats. Add that to your list of what makes you special.  Haven’t made that list?  oh, goody, another thing all of you can do to while away the cubicle day AND trigger thoughts on how to get the hell out of the cubicle- well, except those of you who don’t want to leave.  Honestly, you ought to celebrate that.

And you can celebrate by buying christmas lights that are powered via USB. How cool is that?  I love Thinkgeek.   Just got the latest newsletter full of insanely creative goodies for cubicle dwellers and actually anybody who likes insanely creative goodies.  Link is on the left.  See? → → → → →. never mind, it’s refusing to show up there. And it’s not even an affiliate link that wordpress sometimes attacks!  so here it is: http:www.thinkgeek.com

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Before I leaped from the corporate world, I did spend some summers stuck in an office, counting the minutes to the end of the day so I could go boating, counting the minutes to a couple days off for camping, and counting the minutes until vacation so I could really escape with my young family.  That was a lot of ‘minute counting.’

I understand September in the Cubicle. I understand that one suffers ‘re-entry’ after vacations.  Somehow you know you gotta survive til next year’s holidays.

That’s kinda depressing.  Re-entry sucks.

If ever a quote fits, this is it:

“‘Life’s too short’ is repeated often enough to be a cliche, but this time it’s true. You don’t have enough time to be both unhappy and mediocre. It’s not just pointless, it’s painful. Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”
Seth Godin, from his book, Tribes

My leap wasn’t simple or easy. It would have been awesome to have a life coach help me see the whole thing clearly. My leap was a roundabout, bizarre, series of … stuff.  If I’d had a life coach, I could have always been taking tiny steps towards making the change. I could have had a clear image of what could work or not work. And I could have avoided a rather grand portion of my ‘thought time’ that was stewing over  ‘how the hell am I gonna get out of the cubicle?” without getting a hell of a lot of answers.

Hmm, this post was supposed to be a light and entertaining welcome back to the cubicle!  I screwed up.  Do you feel any better knowing I understand and am empathetic?

I’m sorry you are stuck in a cubicle.  I have faith you will find a way out.  OH, check out this post… 101 ways to leave the cubicle for good. https://outofthecubicle.wordpress.com/2009/09/08/101-ways-to-get-out-of-the-cubicle-and-into-your-life-by-guest-writer-and-life-coach-janet-whitehead/

This’ll be an empowering step for you….


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So,  here’s the thing.  For every ‘study’ and newly discovered ‘fact’ based on research (research that some creatively brilliant person concocted to get him/herself a whopping grant), there is another study saying the opposite.

Choose wisely. 

You like coffee?  Good, because there’s a lot of research now that says its good for you.  And off on a tangent that could be another long essay but isn’t going to be:  If you truly believe coffee is good for you, then it is. Your body responds to your thoughts. Now it’s been hard for people to believe coffee is good for them because of the inundation and obsession with discovering and announcing and advertising of every thing ‘bad’ for you… but okay, finally coffee is good for you. There ya go.  If you don’t want to drink coffee, just don’t. Lay off the spiel of how bad it is for you. Nobody cares. 

Back to the original tangent:  Here’s where you can choose wisely in justifying your time at work.

Recent studies:

Study #1 Published in Chatelaine this month… study says that employees who take 15 minute breaks throughout the day  by playing on their computer (games, surfing, facebook, etc.)  ARE more productive than those who don’t.

Sudy #2  Recent study..(I think I have this one posted in previous post) says that employes who multi task -Ie; moving from email, to phone calls, to writing papers, to facebook, to …etc etc  TAKE about 15 minutes transition time between each tasks, thus wasting billions of dollars for those poor employers.  (do go find the link to this one… what I’ve said is just a tidbit)

Use #1 to justify computer play.

Use #2 to justify refusing more crap to your workload, or when you refuse to answer the phone, or the emails, or the front desk.

Get it?   Whatever you want to do in your job, find the research (or make it up on the spot if necessary) to justify it.   No doubt the research you make up will exist. You will intimidate your boss who likes to think he must be more ‘up’ on human resources than you since you are a lowly cubicle worker – but of course, he never does upgrade his knowledge and he knows it, so you will really intimidate him with this.     or she if she’s a she.

Apparently some companies are constantly scanning everything you do on the computer.   For them I wish bankruptcy and for you an incredible new opportunity.  In the meantime, make sure some of your emails include the research that justifies what you do.   Fun.

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 “‘Life’s too short’ is repeated often enough to be a cliche, but this time it’s true. You don’t have enough time to be both unhappy and mediocre. It’s not just pointless, it’s painful. Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”
Seth Godin, from his book, Tribes

     Not much to add to that, says the blogowner, except, a life coach will help.  Let me know if you want to know more about that. 

In the meantime, if this quote has you beating yourself up for not yet getting out of the cubicle and into your life.  Stop it.  Be kind to you.  Go play oneword.   Go buy an ingenious treasure at Thinkgeek.   (those are listed on the side of blog – great survival places while in the cubicle.  and out, I suppose, since they are favourite places of mine!)

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