The Joys of Work

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

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Work. Love it or hate it, most of us get wrapped up in it at some time. Too much work, it takes too long, and why do I have work with those stupid people are commonly heard gripes. And yet after a period without working hard and really having to think, I find I miss it. I'm not the most self-motivated of taskmasters, and am inherently lazy so their's something about the obligation of performing that gives the extra little push of motivation.

I've just spent a weekend working on and off in two hour stints, stopping for a cup of tea and a chat, to watch the football, grand prix or golf on TV, or to help with a BBQ. I was still at it at 11pm on Sunday night, cursing at yet another unforeseen eventuality. It was a good weekend, and a fulfilling one in terms of achievement and activity. I don't pretend for a minute that I would choose to spend a weekend of my choice like this, but it does remind you that to commit yourself to achieving an objective and to feel you've achieved something is satisfying in itself. For all that we gripe about work, it's also why we shouldn't sell ourselves too short. 4 months ago I had a job I could do on my ear and I hated it with a passion.

To do a good job, to achieve some progress, and just to learn more from your own experience about how to do these things are worthy and satisfying. In saying this, I don't for a minute mean to belittle so-called undemanding jobs, for the value of the contribution that every individual brings can to be measured in many different ways. Similarly, different people find their comfort zones in different levels of stress, challenge or activity, and personally I enjoy work when it helps me focus on performing, growing and staying out of the mundanity of the comfort zone. Even if I do have to work the odd weekend.
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