My Daughter lent me #GIRLBOSS. It is a hit with her sorority sisters, and she has been reading these great business books, so I wanted to read it too. In one of the chapters, Sophia Amoruso, the author, speaks about the word Sigil. Sigil is a real word, meaning a symbol, or a sign or word having power in the occult or magic, I suppose like “Abracadabra!”
I’ve been transitioning my role in my job, against my wishes. I’ve really been fighting it (with massive complaining!) for awhile. While I am doing a good job in my new responsibilities, the tasks themselves are B-O-R-I-N-G (more than just Boring with a capital “B”) and, I feel, don’t take advantage of my more fruitful skill sets.
It is a Catch 22. I’m always going to do my best and do a good, NO, a Great, job, but I don’t want to do so well that I get stuck with these tasks forever.
When I was first transitioned, I trudged to work each day, going later and later as the days went by. I listen to NPR on my way in to work, and got little glimpses into the BBC World Report at 9 AM. I like their style of reporting, so kept going in a little bit later so I could listen to more of it. Then I found myself leaving the house at 9 AM so it would be playing. Not good as I should be in the office by 8:30!
I took a note from #GIRLBOSS. I came up with 2 Sigils.
The first one was bcrtv85%. Be creative 85% of the time. But then the rules started flowing: only when you’re awake, some things have to be done and don’t have to be creative (doing the dishes, the laundry, etc.). I stumbled across a blog post on wildcreativesoul about how it takes so much work to be creative. Hmmm…back to the drawing board (pun intended)?
The second one is – Njwhtrdng. Enjoy what you are doing. So much better! No need for parameters or rules. And guess what? The job got better. I’m feeling happier. More knitting projects on the horizon.