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  • #46
    Consider excelling by doing a job you love, thus (theoretically) you will stand apart from others and rise in the field, maybe branching out to own your own company within that field. Sky could be the limit if you if you get to the place you where you have passion.

    I requested a less prestigious position within my organization, but which I knew I would excel. Now I'm completely running things, in my lane, and thriving and en-route to a promotion. I would not have stood apart from my peers in a great way if I did not change jobs. My pay however did not change. For that I am grateful.

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    • #47
      So, your main goal is to: 1. upskill; and 2. get a handle on your work-flow needs (how much time you need to create a collection and how many pieces per collection to make).

      Once you have that, then write your business/marketing plan and get rolling. Yes, you can do it around your day job.

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      • #48
        Originally posted by nikitakolata View Post
        Seriously! I don't understand how I keep finding jobs where I have so little to do. Either the people I have replaced worked REALLY slow or they somehow had friends in the office the would talk to all day. It's strange. I'm an extrovert and I love talking to people, but I just never seem to have anything in common with the people I work with. I make small talk about the weather with the receptionist and a couple people if I happen to pass them in the hall, but it is always short. I have an office in the corner of the building with no one else nearby. Offices on both sides of me are empty. I hate it because it keeps me isolated socially, but I like it because that isolation means leaving early and coming in late go unnoticed.

        I'm going to look into finding a financial planner and trying to stick to a better budget. My husband and I are not short on money and as a result we don't have to consider every purchase like we did 5 years ago. We buy stuff we don't need, that's for sure. I just wish I could pay off the house because then I'd be free...

        Anyway, thank you everyone for the advice. If there's more, keep it coming. I feel a little better today than I did yesterday. Maybe the sale of my company will turn out to be a good thing because it will definitely increase my workload. Considering I played The Sims on my phone for like 5 hours yesterday I certainly have the time to do more work and maybe feeling more productive will leave me feeling more positive in general. I think that's why I like retail jobs; there is always something to do. Plus you're on your feet and talking to people. I'm still going to apply for those jobs and maybe someday I'll format my cover letter just right and get an interview.
        How about downloading a stack of podcasts to your phone, take a docking station into work, and listen to podcasts that interest you whilst u work. I love Robb Wolf, everyday paleo, paleo hacks etc, there are loads.

        At least your time will feel more productive till u make a decision

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        • #49
          audio books could be a good idea, as well. you can put them on the iPod, too. people will think you're listening to music while working, etc.

          but, i'm the same way. my mother and I both work about 10 times faster than most of our coworkers. Back when I was in law school, i worked in a law clinic. the secretary once asked me if I felt "overworked" considering how all of us had "so many cases" each -- she told me that the number was 3. All other law clinic folks had 3 cases on their load. I had 7.

          Anyway, i felt like I didn't have enough work, really -- since most of my clinic hours were spent doing my homework for other classes. We had to do 10 hours a week. I finished the work for my 7 cases usually within the first 4 hours (two days). I used to turn in my work right away to run more quickly through the editing cycles, but I realized that's why I kept getting more cases.

          So instead, I used my templates (that makes life a lot easier for a lawyer), then sat on the work until the due date time, and in between, I would do my homework, read books, or write my own stuff.

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          • #50
            FWIW, I'm in the tax field so I can relate to the boredom (ever read "The Pale King" by DF Wallace?). Anyway, having worked in house and with the consulting/law firms like E&Y, KPMG, etc., I find that even though I've done the same type of work in house and with a consulting firm, the in house work is far more isolating. It sounds like you work in house so you may be experiencing some of that. It's like being a rock in a library gathering moss. I found it much more collegial in a consulting firm type atmopshere where you are seen as a profit center unlike in house where you are viewed as a cost center to be pared to the bone to save costs. You also may be able to have more part time flexibility with a consulting firm.

            And consider yourself fortunate that you don't have kids. Any idea how many people think like you but cannot switch because they have two kids and a non-working spouse to support? A lot.

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            • #51
              Originally posted by JeffC View Post
              FWIW, I'm in the tax field so I can relate to the boredom (ever read "The Pale King" by DF Wallace?). Anyway, having worked in house and with the consulting/law firms like E&Y, KPMG, etc., I find that even though I've done the same type of work in house and with a consulting firm, the in house work is far more isolating. It sounds like you work in house so you may be experiencing some of that. It's like being a rock in a library gathering moss. I found it much more collegial in a consulting firm type atmopshere where you are seen as a profit center unlike in house where you are viewed as a cost center to be pared to the bone to save costs. You also may be able to have more part time flexibility with a consulting firm.

              And consider yourself fortunate that you don't have kids. Any idea how many people think like you but cannot switch because they have two kids and a non-working spouse to support? A lot.
              I actually never thought about consulting that way (the cost center stuff). That makes so much sense though. I have a friend from a past job that has started a consulting company and he told me that they are always looking to expand the talent pool. So, I've definitely been thinking about going that route in November (after I get my bonus). I would LOVE more flexibility, mostly so I could work on things I actually enjoy. The one good thing about my job right now is that they are finally realizing that my department is severely under-staffed (even though I'm bored they like people to be compartmentalized). They have been sending me to tons of conferences and other training type things. By the end of the year I'll be much more knowlegeable and only all to happy to take that knowledge with me to someplace else and/or use it as leverage to negotiate a more flexible schedule here.

              zoebird - I know exactly how you feel. I've just stopped telling people when I'm done with work, too, and use a lot of time to research my hobbies. In fact, today, I found the products I'll need to start making copies of pieces I've already soldered/cast without having to make a bunch of wax molds. Yay.

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              • #52
                10 More Reasons You Need to Quit Your Job Right Now! Altucher Confidential

                Alternatively:
                1. You have A JOB! (a third of young people in Spain and Greece cannot find jobs; they would do anything for a living now; hell if they get paid 70K a year to sit alone and do nothing they would do kill for it).
                2. If you have time at hand, do something in that time for you or for others. There are so much to learn. You can learn about valuation. Pass CFA perhaps and with your current experience you can move up to front office. And i can bet you within a year you would not want come across another human being!
                Few but ripe.

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by diene View Post
                  Start writing a novel. That's what I'd do if I had a job where I didn't have to do any work. Hah! I would LOVE to have a job like yours. Corner office far from everyone else. Little to no work. I'd just sit there and work on my novel. I bet I'd have something written within 6 months!
                  Have you heard of "NoNoWriMo" aka National Novel Writing Month?

                  Average 1700 words a day throughout November, which is easy peasy, for 30 straight days and you have 50,000 words - a shortish but adequate novel.

                  My point being time is no constraint!

                  National Novel Writing Month

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by thriveful View Post
                    How about downloading a stack of podcasts to your phone, take a docking station into work, and listen to podcasts that interest you whilst u work. I love Robb Wolf, everyday paleo, paleo hacks etc, there are loads.

                    At least your time will feel more productive till u make a decision
                    I had a boss once who was well known by women and men for being sexist. I was out on his operations team. I was given no job description or expectations. I tried to be helpful in this way or that. Finally I found a way to be an asset, by creating a 300 page document of common defense concepts and policy. This is all I did. I received an excellent report card in the end. Before I started the task, however, I had nothing work related to do. I started an online course to keep me engaged, and gained a reputation for taking very long lunches. That behavior ended though when I found a place to contribute.

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by Lady D View Post
                      Have you heard of "NoNoWriMo" aka National Novel Writing Month?

                      Average 1700 words a day throughout November, which is easy peasy, for 30 straight days and you have 50,000 words - a shortish but adequate novel.

                      My point being time is no constraint!

                      National Novel Writing Month
                      Hey, I just saw this, but thanks! It looks awesome! I think I'm going to do it!!!

                      My journal

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                      • #56
                        I've decided quitting is a better option than the horrible boss. I lasted 7 months so I'm afraid it'll look bad on my resume but I've lasted the 2nd longest of any of her employees. How do you talk about something like this when you get asked about it in an interview? I was being asked to do unethical and dangerous things, so quitting was a better option than getting caught doing what I was asked and never being able to get a job in any related field ever again.

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