Getting Clarity on Your Crappy Job
The Clarity Journal primes you for a massively productive day. But, what if you don’t care about a productive day; you hate your crappy job and simply want out.
Can the Journal help?
Are you dreaming of quitting and starting a new full-time job? (One that doesn’t suck) Or, maybe you want to start a side hustle as a path toward an independent business.
Either way, you need to identify that ideal gig and clarity can help.
If you’ve already made that decision, “CONGRATS!” Just use the Journal to help design a plan to get there.
But, what if you don’t have an ideal gig in mind? Hating your current job is easy. Knowing what job will be rewarding is tough. Assuming you have skills, interest, or ability to learn in more than one area, how do you choose?
The Logic Approach
If you love spreadsheets, this is your baby. Create a sheet with pros and cons. This should satisfy your desire to justify any decision with a foundation of reason.
You can even create a weighted decision matrix. Here’s an example.
Now, even though you LOVE reason, what happens when the conclusion doesn’t feel right? Something is nagging at you—telling you this is wrong.
Did your decision matrix fail to take something into account? Are you using logic to suppress a higher calling?
Should you ignore your intuition and just follow the results of the spreadsheet? Will you end up in another crappy job?
I love the rational approach. But, I’ve been in this dilemma many times; the outcome doesn’t feel right.
Sometimes you can go back and review the list of pros vs cons (or weighted matrix) and find criteria you’ve overlooked or underweighted. But, when you’re subconscious saw the conclusion, it kicked you in the gut to take another look.
For example, let’s say I have “work remotely” as one of my criteria along with 9 others.
When I tally all the scores, the gig with the highest ranking is NOT one that works remotely and my gut says STOP.
In this case, that factor needs a weighting of 90%, or I could simply make it a pass/fail criteria before considering any of the other factors.
The Passion Approach
At the other extreme is the advice to “Follow Your Passion.” That may work wonderfully (or not).
There two reasons a Passion approach might make sense.
First, any new job is freaking hard at first. If you’re not passionate about the gig, you’ll burn out before you hit your stride.
Second, if you’re working with clients, affiliates, partners, etc—they know when you’re just going through the motions vs when you’re really passionate about your job. (The can smell your apathy.)
There’s also the possibility your passion will leave you broke at the end of the month. But, maybe working for a nonprofit that serves homeless teens is all the reward you need.
There’s also a possibility that what you thought would bring passion has been a disaster. Waking up each day and writing 5,000 words before lunch isn’t quite as romantic as you expected. The novel you’re writing just another crappy job.
What if You Can’t Connect with a Passion?
Want to follow the passion route, but don’t really have a passion, or don’t’ know how to connect a passion to a job profile?
There are many tools, just search on a term like, “career quiz” or “career aptitude” or “how to find a job you love.” (The last term returns over 100 million search results. You’re not alone in your quest.)
Or, here’s a link to 10 popular tools.
I’m always a little skeptical of any career test—I suspect my subconscious is skewing the results in ways I don’t realize.
No Choice Approach
What if the perfect gig is just a dream? Circumstances prevent you from acting.
How can you find peace with your situation?
My career has been a roller coaster; a new gig provides emotional highs but is quickly followed by deep dives and a double loop that makes me want to hurl my lunch.
I’ve also started a new gig with a sense of dread only to learn that my fears were unfounded.
The Clarity Journal is all about optimizing your state of mind with the assumption that you have a job or project that has stalled and you want to improve it.
But, what if you’re in a shitty job and just don’t care? What can the Journal do?
I’ve been in jobs like that, ones that make you wake up with a stomach ache every day, not wanting to get out of bed.
The Clarity Journal didn’t exist then.
Since the Journal asks a series of questions about your state of mind, isolates the issue and moves you to action, it can be used in a variety of situations.
The conventional use is to help you accomplish the Top 3 Things in your job. But, if you’re obsessed with getting OUT of that job—does that become your priority.
Conventional work still needs to get done. Identifying the Top 3 Things each day can help your current job performance at the same time you’re looking for something new. It may free up time to search for jobs.
If you have enough bandwidth, you can make one of your Top 3 Things, “Finding a New Job.”
Or, if your current job has an established routine, you could put all your focus on the new gig.
The Top 3 Things are all related toward this goal.
#1: Review the results of my strength finder test
#2: Determine what jobs that related to my strength
#3: Search for data on employment prospects
Use the questions on the Daily Start page as an exploration of your progress toward you new gig.
If you’re using the Clarity Journal to search for a new job, don’t take the journal to work with you.
Note: My example of Strength Finder isn’t an endorsement of that method as the best one. If you’re searching for the ideal job and don’t have a clue, I suggest you try more than one methodology and see if they reach similar conclusions.