Music makes life much more bearable.
People are like maniacs on the street. So much negative and nervous energy I pick up. Ugh.
Headset and sunglasses do a good job at tuning out the unpalatable stimulus.
Lately have been having some twitches in my thumb and a couple of fingers. The doctor thinks it’s because I’m writing a lot. LOL. He was so funny. He did an air-typing animation for me too. Better cool it for awhile on the writing — overuse of hands / fingers. Occupational hazard (Gemini on the 5th / 6th house cusp). ;P
When you do a job or a task have these three principles to work by:
1. Enjoy it for yourself
If you are bored, how can you make it more fun? Can it be played like a game? What parts do you like about it? Can you do more of that? Listen to the music; find the music within the work, the flow. Talk or write about the work, in a productive way, to people. Take initiative; own your job.
2. Excel at it and be the best
Can you make your job more efficient and productive? Is there something that you can do to your job to make it better than anyone thought it ever could? Can you run a seminar, write a column, become an expert? Excelling at your job means you can move on to more enjoyable activities of your own choosing.
3. Better it for others
Tweak and document processes and procedures so you can have someone take over your job (with ease) once you have reached excellence. This is very helpful for when you want to move on to bigger and better things quickly — onwards and upwards.
Please note: Do NOT use these principles if you want to perform in a mediocre way or do a job just for the money because by following these principles you will be excellent and acquire passion for everything you do.
(First published Apr 16, 2009 @ 8:5)