In ten years, I would like a job I don’t completely hate. I’ll accept a little bit of animosity when it comes to some minor things: waking up early to do certain tasks, writing about stuff I’m not completely passionate about, and working for others is fine. Just as long as everything is reasonable. So here’s a list of five things I’d like, more than anything, at the start of my 20th year of employment:
Complete Financial Stability
When studying successful people I respect in multiple fields, one trend I see is how little money could hinder their operation. It’s not that money is trivial. More that if something needs to be done, get it done. Just don’t waste too much time or money to get it done quickly or cheaply. Maybe that means these people don’t solely depend on their work for income? That might be the stronger incentive I needed to consider investing time in independent financial investments.
Mostly Enjoy Work
I’ll let you in on a secret: I haven’t completely enjoyed the writing process for everything I’ve written here. I don’t enjoy writing critical analysis, for example, though I’ll write reviews if that’ll put my name out there. I’d similarly prefer leaving work each day, whether that’s in a capacity where I’m writing independently or working for someone else, without feeling like I hated my time there; mostly. Just like with my secret, if my work satisfaction is above 80%, I’d be happy.
Flexible Workload, Hours
I strained my leg rowing Sunday night and it still hurt Monday morning. I wouldn’t expect to be able to call out sick on for any whim. I also scheduled time off for an upcoming concert because, as I told my team, I’d rather not arrive home at midnight and then wake up at 3AM. I’m fine going into work after a concert with less than 6 hours of sleep. Maybe being able to work from home more often would be the compromise?
Lack of Tedium
I’d get bored just writing about one subject. That’s why Better Zombie has its daily themes. As I braindump all my thoughts about careers, I’ll think about how self-confidence in both the positive and the negative plays a role, which then purges my brain to think about “The Story.” If I just thought about fiction all day, I’d get burned out. I find the same to be true with my work. 40-hours of working on one task will exhaust me almost completely.
Write Every Day
Another secret: I was discontented with most things up until about two years ago when I realized writing was my thing. Videogames are entertaining enough, movies are acceptable enough, and occasionally they’re more than just surface level distractions.
Writing gives me more.
About once a month, I’ll complete something like “Ten Years Ago III,” and consider myself lucky to have found some work that I feel can genuinely help people more than just closing tickets, processing emails, or saving a company money.
Related: The Ten Years Ago series from last week inspired this week’s “In Ten Years” series.