Operation Achieve Anything: Day Two-Hundred-Ninety-Three, Dateline 10-20-2018

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Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.
— Colleen C. Barrett

Good morning crickets. Welcome to day number two-hundred-ninety-three of Operation Achieve Anything. Yesterday turned out to be a good one where I didn’t beat myself up once over what I was and wasn’t getting to, at least after I completed the obligations that I absolutely needed to get done. It helped that my day job was down yet again, allowing me to put some time into the side paid gig that I was planning to get to this weekend. Now, instead of having to put in a full eight hours into this task, I’ve now got three days to complete four hours worth of work. This will allow me to ease my way through this weekend a tad bit easier even though I still have to fit in this paid work.

Not only that, but I also got a notice that my work had found a secondary task for me to work on whenever the primary responsibility runs out of tasks to work on. This wouldn’t be a second job like the side gig that I’m mentioning because unlike that job, I have no obligation toward this secondary task unless my primary gig goes down and I want to make up any missed time. This means, gone are the days where I will be working weekends to make up for any time lost during the week.

It also means that on the days when the system does go down, I could just jump right over and get directly to work on this secondary task instead of having to check in all throughout the day which wastes a lot a time and effort while also killing any focus toward my personal projects. This should provide the balance that I’ve been seeking ever since the day job became so unstable a little over a month and a half ago. Now, hopefully, since I will no longer have to think of a backup plan for how to either make up for the money being lost or where I can fit in any makeup hours which would allow me to switch my primary focus back to my own projects.

The hardest part of these last couple weeks is that my last paycheck was so low that it scared me into making up any lost hours that I used to just blow off since work was to blame for any missing hours which allowed to enjoy these impromptu mini-vacations without the fear of being fired. Granted, while I was in this “why worry” mindset, I was extra productive with my own tasks which also contributes to why once my focused shifted to the day job, I felt like I was slacking since I kept running out of time which didn’t use to be a problem.

I can’t wait to see how this work plays out because in my head, with so many options I can’t imagine it not going smoothly. All of this actually fulfills the task from yesterday where I was supposed to find and take advantage of a brand new opportunity. Considered that I still had to accept and qualify for this secondary job, when I could have easily just ignored the email, I found this to be the right opportunity for me, and so I took advantage of it and would have whether it was part of the assignment or not.

As for today’s assignment, I’m now supposed to try to figure out a way to have more fun at work play off the idea that if you enjoy what you do, you’ll never have to work a day in your life. This one is going to be interesting for me because I’ve always loved work, my issue has always been with jobs. Even this shitty job that I do right now, I love working on the tasks at hand my issue is with the bubble fucks that they have in charge of the inconsistent auditing system that makes what should be the most simple job in the world feel more like a social experiment.

Of course, I’ll delve more into what I’m talking about when I check in with tomorrow’s update. Until then, it’s now time for me to wrap this one up as usual by saying, good day and good luck to you and all of your projects.

Talk to you soon.

Sincerely,

The Wicker Breaker

P.S. Below are links to my novel, which I plan to promote as part of Operation Achieve Anything, as well as a link to where you can buy the book that is providing the structure to this project in case you would like to purchase it in order to play along.

Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.