I’ve been run down for the past few weeks, and not exactly motivated about doing much of anything, including blog posts. I’ve been really bad about hitting Twitter and commenting on other people’s sites, and need to get my butt back into gear. If I seriously want to make a go of this blog, I need to make more of an effort.
I’m hoping today will give me the kick I need. About a year ago, I switched positions (by choice) but stayed within the company. I’d done my old job for a total of 12 years (2 with my current company, and 10 with another one before that), and two things made me decide it might be time for a change.
1) I had a co-worker who has evil and just awful to work with
2) There wasn’t really anywhere to go with the job I was in.
So I made a switch. I knew it would be hard to start a brand new job, but it ended up being a lot more brutal than I expected. My boss was completely hands off, and my “mentor” was a type A personality who never bothered writing anything down, and often left me out of meetings etc. I needed to be part of. I was miserable for about six months, and had great plans of freelance writing, etc, but never really made a serious go of trying to break into it.
Things seems to improve, so I decided just to drop the freelance writing idea. I finally started this blog, but certainly haven’t been putting the work into it that I could. I’ve been coasting.
I’ve now hit another major roadblock at work again, and realized my chances of going anywhere on this team and with this boss are limited. I don’t think I picked a bad job – just not one I can handle with a boss that refuses to train me or provide me with information I need. It’s frustrating and demoralizing.
The “silver lining” in this case is that I hope it’ll kick my butt back into gear, and I’ll get a bit more motivated with this blog and looking into freelancing. My goals for the month of June are:
1. Set up Twitter on my phone so I will actually be more active on it.
2. Take out the “Canadian Writer’s Market” from the library again, and actual make a serious effort to try and find some magazines etc. I can work for.
Small goals, but realistic ones.
If you are aware of any freelance (paid or unpaid – portfolio building is always nice) work, please let me know!
What does it take to get your butt in gear?