Do Something, Anything...

Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
Trip End Jun 04, 2006

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Monday, November 7, 2005

I love England. Full stop. No argument. I don't exactly know why either. I understand England, I know England, and there are many people here that I love and care deeply for. Political correctness... Ok I'm from the UK too and I genuinely like my experiences of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and their people very much, but I am unashamedly English and this is one of the few places in the World I can switch onto auto-pilot, understand every cultural reference and be at ease. There's only one problem....'s driving me crackers at the moment. I really don't know what else I expected, but to come back to work and have almost nothing to do is immensely frustrating. Having come back from a year's sabbatical leave to an organisation where it's normal to move from project to project with a short gap in between, I'm going up the wall with boredom, frustration, and dare I say it enthusiasm to just contribute. In years past, I'd have been delighted to be told to take a week or two being paid to catch up, do a bit of training and so on, but at the moment, I'm like a caged animal.

The daftest thing is that I can see a scenario panning out whereby I have to do something now to stop me getting wound up, but which I know from experience will drive me around the bend in 3 or 4 months time. It will be, "can you help us out for a month or two? It won't be desparately interesting work, but..." Right now, I'd take someone's hand off for a couple of months of active work, but if I'm bored in a couple of months I'll be taking someone's hand off to get out of there! And that's when the punch line will come, "We need you to stay here longer..." Tis the nature of the beast: A fantastically flexible employer, allowing you to do all manner of work in all manner of places and yet sometimes depriving you of an element of self-determination at key moments. It's amazing to me that after just a couple of weeks back in the office I'm playing this age old soundtrack over in my mind. The answer.... Do something today and worry about tomorrow when it comes I think, but after a year away I now know just how easily I can find another job anywhere in the World if I don't like this one.

All this philosiphising is great. However, right now I'm just ready to do something and feel productive again. I have to write this down, because I may never want to work again at any other point in my life.
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