Friday, January 1, 2010

Taking Stock

It’s a new year – time for taking stock of our lives and making positive change.

So let’s start by taking a look at how you feel about your job:

How satisfied are you with your job?

If you don’t love your job or feel satisfied most days, what positive change are you going to make this year?

If you do love your job or feel satisfied most days, what suggestions do you have for those who don’t?


Anonymous said...

Completed IBM's Transition to Teaching program and started teaching in 2009, so I'm now an IBM alum. I love my teaching job. IBM job was good, but I wasn't passionate about my work and had a hard time seeing how I was making a difference. The positive change I made, which started 3 years ago, was to pursue my passion...working with kids and teaching. My advice to those who are unhappy in their work is to take the time to identify their passion (a good career coach can help) and pursue that passion even if it seems crazy (less money, etc.). You'll be happier in the long run.

Colette said...

Anonymous -- that is awesome! I'm glad you found something you love!

Megs - Scattered Bits said...

Find ways to destress.

I have a production based job. My number of worked claims determines how well I'm doing my job. This despite the fact that I'm working my tail off on the claims that take FOREVER to close because they're weird. I'm the junk girl. If it's junky, it'll probably end up on me. :sighs:

But I love it because I remind myself frequently that I'm making a difference, because I plan my day to minimize problems concerning production and maximize results. A lot of getting more done and not killing myself doing it is simply planning in advance and making sure you don't stop, drop, and roll for just anybody interrupting the routine.

Make friends with your managers. Be open about things you find difficult and also about your strengths. Try to focus your abilities on your strengths. Ask your managers what they would prefer you to focus on when one thing gets shortchanged for the other.

At least, this is what works for me.

Colette said...

Megs, those are some awesome suggestions. I agree about trying to destress -- something we should all strive for. I think it's less about balance and more about mindset.