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  • by tinman (2063) on 2004.03.13 18:29 (#29370) Journal

    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 "brownie" points at least for trying.(in my case, from an organization that thought biannual reviews were a "waste of time", but said brownie points had to be accumulated to "succeed")

    The other idea is to take an aspect of your work and treat it like your pet project. Experiment, goof off, branch the code off and hack on it, basically do stuff with it that you wouldn't normally do. This presupposes that you occasionally have time to spare to do it :) The point being to do something that doesn't feel like organizational drudgery and redtape imposed on you from on-high, but actually something that might interest you.

    Standard disclaimers apply ;) but ultimately, my final solution was to leave, albeit on very friendly terms, and go back to school. Still deciding if I want to go back to that place or not. Probably not, I'd think.