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gav (2710)

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Journal of gav (2710)

Friday March 12, 2004
07:08 PM

Frustrated

[ #17890 ]

For the last couple of months I've been feeling frustrated at work. Instead of fixing problems, creating solutions, and making customers happy I've been hacking at workarounds, half-arsed solutions, and trying to keep clients from being too unhappy. In some ways I feel like Sisyphus in my toils, it seems with a bit more effort I can push my stone over the hill and move on, but instead it's been a bit two steps forward, one and a half steps back. I'm not expecting that work should be so much fun that I jump out of bed every morning excited about they day ahead (though that would be nice), but it shouldn't feel so much like a struggle. Should it?

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  • I find that, for me, if I start feeling like I'm struggling in a job for which I'm qualified, there are probably serious communication/organization issues. Given that I worked on a contract with your company, though, I'll say nothing else other than I was disappointed to find out that none of my code was ever used :)

  • As Ovid points out, if you've got the qualifications for the job, it could be something else, organizational, that creates the struggle.

    Faced with something similar a while back, I had a couple of clear choices. I could either try to cope as best as I could, but no longer take work as seriously. In other words, find other things that interested me and just treat it as a job, do it the best I can and then move on. Sometimes, as was the case for me, managers never expect all of it done, but you get invisible