Tag: Jobs

Nothing is really work…

Nothing is really work unless you’d rather be doing something else. James Barrie. Peter Pan

This is a very unorthodox way of viewing work, but if one ponders long enough, the truth in the statement will liberate us from feeling like a bonded laborer.  The reality is that each one of us without exception would have experienced the pangs of having to do something that is unappealing, boring and perhaps unavoidable. No sooner that task is replaced with something that we are keen to do, appealing to us and exciting to our way of thinking, we enjoy the process. With rare exceptions, there is no task that is so engaging that one can happily embrace it for the rest of our lives. The trick in making our living worthwhile is in focusing fully on the task on hand as an opportunity to leverage our time, talent and our temperament. There is no better example than the cheerful way a mother goes about her chores despite the children making the most unreasonable demands on her.

Many times the work we enjoy doing best is ‘doing nothing’ because then there are no targets set, no deadlines to be met and the icing on the cake is the fact that it takes very little effort. However, sooner than later, we are racked with guilt that we have whiled away our time, the miserable feeling of productive time having being squandered away and our inherent sense of responsibility prick us. We then put our nose to the grind not willingly but more as an obligation to be discharged and the resultant effort becomes work that is unavoidable. Yet if can reorient our thought process to view the effort as harnessing our resources to do what is essential under the circumstances, the time spent would seem to fly and the entire process would seem to be enriching and rewarding. E.g. Very few of us enjoy the process of filing our income tax returns because we see it as ultimately ‘giving to Ceaser’ what belongs to us. However if we can see it as an opportunity to better plan our finances and taxes we would eagerly put our heart and soul into it and ensure we don’t have to worry about the taxman’s ‘Damocles Sword’.

How does one cope with tasks that one despises, finds repulsive and would rather avoid given half a chance? The strategy to cope with such a situation is to first be fully aware that each and every individual does face this dilemma. The second is to accept the reality as it exists and not to make any pretence of ignoring its existence. The third is to avoid procrastination and take the bull by its horns so that we tackle the issue rather than spend futile hours speculating on how to bypass the unavoidable reality. By this three pronged strategy, we reconcile to the reality that there is nothing else that we must tackle than what is staring at us. Once we begin the task with earnestness and fortitude, we would relentlessly pour our energies into  completing the task. The euphoria that we experience soon after we tackle our demons is the ecstasy of life.

Remember:  It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.  Pablo Picasso

Try this:

  1. Assuming you are shifting to your new house, list out what excites you about it and what are those activities related to the shifting process that you dread most ? How would you cope with those tasks that you dread but cannot avoid or pass it on to anyone else?
  2. What are those demons in life you would ideally love to avoid? (Here are a few pointers to help you reflect on various possibilities.) How would you use the learning fro, today’s post to tackle the demons and actually enjoy the process??
  • Exercise to lose weight
  • Making  a list of resolutions and following it faithfully
  • Carrying work home
  • Having to sacrifice your favorite TV show (being shown live) to accompany your child to his/her best friends most (boring in your opinion) party

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Be focused

He who begins many things finishes but few. Italian proverb

Multitasking is the buzz word that sets the cat among the pigeons in this fast paced world. The ability to do manifold work of varied nature is considered a key differentiator when selecting a recruit and yet this can also be the bane of the work place. While people may be adept at a variety of tasks it is obvious that he/ she will be excellent in some tasks and reasonably good in others and perhaps passable in a few. The trouble though is that human beings are prone to mistakes of omission and commission and so the effectiveness of the multitasking can be just about average. More importantly, there is a tendency to start working on many tasks and leave almost all of it partially done by the time deadline has arrived.

Many a time we are under the mistaken delusion that without us nothing can happen and as a result we end up poking our finger in every pie. We enthusiastically jump into every new challenge with gusto and bravado, little realizing the commitment and complexities involved. No sooner we hit a road block our enthusiasm is dampened, our gusto is diminished and our self belief takes a beating. Thereafter we give only cursory attention to the task just enough to show involvement but not enough to take it to its logical end. There are some of us who just cannot say no and so go on taking new assignments. Many of what we take on is half hearted. The other tasks are not our forte and what is really our core strength can get marginalized in the process. At the end when we take stock of our achievements we are left frustrated that our potential has been wasted and there is very little left to show as achievement.

It is the procrastinators who have the biggest problem for they always have a perennially unending list of tasks all in various stages of urgencies that create a chaos in their lives. It is a catch 22 situation where their tardiness expands their list of tasks and the huge list of tasks in turn terrifies them and so the quality of output is dismal, leaving behind a trail of unfinished jobs. Finally there are those people who are terrified of delegating any tasks for fear of someone usurping them or taking credit for the tasks. The end result is that they end up getting involved in menial work, unproductive work, focus on jobs they are comfortable with and their critical jobs are then handled in a rush thereby leaving gaping holes in it and completing it in a shabby and unbefitting manner.

The way forward to ensure that we are not overburdened with useless, futile and unimportant jobs is in classifying all the jobs into jobs to be done by me, jobs to be delegated and sundry jobs that can be taken care of by others. This classification is tricky for there is a matter of judgment to be exercised and that comes out of experience and practice. It is also a good practice to focus on the toughest tasks and get it out of the way so that the anxiety and pressure associated with it is mitigated at the earliest. Our mind is then free to focus on other relatively easier tasks. Putting deadlines and breaking major tasks into smaller sub tasks can also help dramatically. Without deadlines tasks have no seriousness attached to it. The deadline also helps us focus more vigorously and push ourselves to completing whatever is on hand.

Remember: “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”  Alexander Graham Bell

Try this:

  1. Recreate the school science experiment by taking a piece of paper and using a magnifying glass to let the suns rays pass through in a concentrated form to ignite the paper. This will help us realize the power of focusing and also transport us to the good old days.
  2. Make it a practice to write down your thoughts and list out the tasks to be done. This means that you always carry a paper and pen and /or ensure they are always handy.  It would also help if you use a daily or the appointment function in your mobile phone more efficiently. To begin with make it a practice to make a birthday list of as many people as you can and wish them without fail. This is a routine but effective task that cannot be delegated.

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Every job…

If you have a job without aggravations, you don’t have a job. Malcolm Forbes

If one has to treasure ones job what is most important is realizing the subtle nuances of the job more than merely knowing the job inside out. Every job is repetitive in nature and so monotony is common to all jobs. However every job has some skill sets critical to the job and only someone with the right aptitude and attitude can execute a job successfully. Every job has an element of boredom, a bit of frustration and unexpected twists that jar the normal flow and work tempo. If you look at these attributes of a job it is obvious that every job will have some unique problems that will irritate, annoy and frustrate anyone undertaking that task.

What one has to understand is that if these problems did not exist all jobs would be boring, non challenging and never fulfilling. In fact without these challenges it would never be a job but just a hobby. In a job there has to be rewards commensurate with the job challenges. Take the example of the job of a life guard at a beach. One can endlessly sit on the beachfront with nothing spectacular happening more so if it is a non tourist season. In no time one would be so board that despite having to do nothing and merely collect he pay check one would chuck the job and pursue something that is more active and challenging.  The same life guard during the tourist season would be constantly on his toes and taking risks to protect irresponsible tourists. This time he could be so over worked that he wants to quit to pursue something more relaxed.

There are many jobs where close team work and coordination are the most important aspect of the job. Here differences in personal temperament and in ability to put up with task master bosses and indecisive bosses, invariably is the flash point. Here there could be constant bickering, blame game going on and even the occasional flares ups. It can be challenging to match our temperament with those who have a different style and work ethics and yet as team members one has to work in close coordination. When collectively the task is not fulfilled there is the inevitable blame game and fall guy; but when there is success there is a collective feeling of achievement and a general environment of bohemia. Team sports like football, cricket and basketball often throw up bizarre examples of both extremes of collective ecstasy and ruthless passing the buck when the chips are down.

Changes in the job invariably create a tensions and apprehensions. If the change in job profile is due to a promotion or greater reward the tension and apprehension is more on ones ability to meet up with the new responsibilities. On the other hand sudden changes can make a person very apprehensive about what the future holds in store, makes people speculate on the long term effects of the change and there is a secretive hope that the change will be for the better. What is uniform is that there is disturbance and turbulence that is brought about by changes at work. The good part though is that all these numerous job aggravations keep us on our toes, make us agile at the workplace and most of all makes us value our jobs.

Remember: “The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.”Oscar Wilde

Try these:

  1. Jot down what you think is your dream job. Give it a title and a brief job description. Now enumerate 3 things in that job that you are sure you will dislike immensely.
  2. Write down 3 things that you hate in your current job. How are you coping with it now. Are there better alternatives to tackling these pet hates?

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