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This morning I lost perception of time. For some reason I thought it was the weekend when I woke up. If it were not for reading my emails first thing this morning, I would have been guessing it was Saturday or Sunday. I have been working hard on a few projects (even more to get new clients and projects) so I am working 7 days a week. People think that it is strange that I fell in love with Mondays but I have to say I am also in love with every day of the week. The only thing I don’t like about every day is how quickly they go by.

I have been working since the age of 12 and my perception of time has changed over the years. There have been many moments in my life where I wished the time went by faster. I realized I was not happy with what I was doing. One example would be when I was in the military at basic training and I counted the seconds till training ended. I did choose to go to the military at the early age of 17, but once I was in basic training my mind shifted to wanting to leave. I served my full contract in between active and reserve duty for the full 8 years and once it was over I decided not to return. I guess the many disappointments and broken promises on behalf of the army, made my exit a final one.

Count down to Quitting time

Many can’t wait to quitting time! Every week I interact with people online or offline that are counting the hours, minutes, and seconds until they leave their job.

In my opinion some workers in Puerto Rico show up for work but just want to get paid for their presence. Every hour of their day is spent on completing X amount of hours so they can get home and do something they enjoy. I believe that a key component such as customer service suffers because employees are counting down the clock.

Why do they stay?

Many people feel like that the current job they have might be their only option. They stay for economical reasons but many at the end are searching for a safety blanket. In the military I had a contract of 8 years, which I could not easily break, but most people can leave their job whenever they wish and find another one.

What to do if you’re not happy at your job?

My advice to those that are not happy with their job is to find something they like and go after it. But the most important part is to make sure you are making the best out of your current committments and fulfilling them completely. If you are at a dead end job either quit or give them your best while you are seeking other options.

I personally love Monday’s because I enjoy what I do. For me a day has a name to keep track of meetings and other things. I am equally happy on a Monday or Saturday but it took me some time to reach this point. My life is not perfect and it is full of obstacles like your life probably is.  The difference is that I make the best of every lesson that those struggles and obstacles have brought me.

Are you enjoying every day of your life?

Do you find happiness in your every day activities?

What advice would you give others and me on how you reached it?

If you are not happy what are the obstacles that are keeping you from fully engaging in the pursuit of happiness?

 photo credit by svintus2010

2 Comments

  1. Gabriele Maidecchi on August 2, 2011 at 9:57 am

    This post reminds me of an old post by Chris Brogan about escape velocity, it’s not always easy to be able to choose a better option in first place. Sometimes you’re stuck with what you got, sometimes you take it the wrong way and can’t push yourself to enjoy it (even if it’s not that bad), sometimes you can’t leave, other times you don’t *really* want to.
    I came to realize liking what you do is definitely not the norm, and more oft than not people feel miserable ’cause of what they do. Me and you are very lucky to like what we do, but I don’t believe everyone is bound to do something tailored fro him, for how sad it is. That would require a pretty substantial social revolution, and I guess we’re kinda not yet mature for that.



    • Raul Colon on August 2, 2011 at 5:58 pm

      Gabriele, 

      I completely agree with you. First doing what you like comes along with many sacrifices which many are not willing to over come. 

      I have to say that doing what I love has been a great exercise of patience and believing in myself in a healthy way. Also recognizing that doing what we love might not be as attractive financially as doing what brings us more income. 

      Great thoughts and thanks again!