This summer I worked 12-13 hours most days as well as the weekends. In my effort to do a good job in my new position, I completely lost track of what’s important to me. I hardly saw any of my friends or family and poor Mike had to deal with Traysaurous more than he should have. It can be really rewarding to take on a failing project and put all your energy into it to making it successful, but at the end of the day if that’s not what you’re passionate about it’s not worth all your energy. On that note, I’ve decided to look for a new job.
This time I’m taking a different approach. I’ve never made a vision board before but I thought now would be a good time to try. If you’re unfamiliar with this concept it’s real simple. Flip through a bunch of magazines and rip out any images that you have an immediate positive response to. Glue them on a board and hang it up somewhere. Take it a step further and study it for a while to see if there are any themes you didn’t recognize when you were first ripping out the images. Having a visual map of something to work towards helps you figure out what you need to do to get there.
I didn’t have a good collection of magazines so I did mine on Oprah.com. It’s free and it has lots of images, but you do need to create an account. After doing mine I realized how much I value the great outdoors and the balance of companionship and peaceful solitude. I’m not sure yet how this will help me find the perfect job, but it was more fun than spending another afternoon on idealist.org!