Operation Achieve Anything: Day One-Hundred-Fifty-One, Dateline 5-31-2018

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have got to go after it with a club.
— Jack London

Good morning crickets. Welcome to day number one-hundred-fifty-one of Operation Achieve Anything. Oh boy, here we go again. First of all, the website that I work through has been unstable all week and being that it’s a work from home gig, I don’t get paid anything while the company struggles to get their act together and figure out the issue.

Not only that but they are horrible at communicating so instead of sending an email to everyone when everything is up and running, we have to check in throughout the day in order to see if work is available. This would be fine if once it was any stability because every time I would get into a groove the site would go and mess up again. Yesterday it took me over eight hours to get through four and a half hours’ worth of work.

On top of all this, the company’s feedback is so inconsistent that it’s driving me out of my mind. This really sucks because the job is super simple where all I have to do is rate the relevance of online search results against what was queried, then note whether or not the result is a physical location as opposed to a service and company page, and then rate the quality of the webpage.

Sounds simple right? The problem is, none of the people who provide feedback seem to agree on the subtleties between the subjective categories that we’re supposed to choose from. To add to the problem, it takes them up to a week to rate our work so you can knock out a ton of tasks using one thought process thinking it’s fine and then BAM, next thing you know you’re told that you’re doing terrible.

They do have a message board set up to ask questions online but the officials still take up to a week to reply so you’re usually stuck with answers from other workers who are just as confused which only adds to the confusion. Finally, they seem to be giving us extra pressure because the client we’re working for seems to be complaining about the quality, while their feedback is just as confusing.

Thankfully I made it through my first month and will get paid enough for a full mental evaluation. As I’ve said in the past, all of my diagnoses have been unofficial by either General Doctors or shrinks who have talked to me for less than an hour. I’m hoping with an official diagnosis I may qualify for programs where they will help me find more fitting work that challenges me, since I struggle to sell myself or my level of experience without any confidence, especially after my meltdown.

I would love to keep this gig because other than the inconsistent feedback, it actually is the perfect job for me that pays well and allows me to balance work with my personal project. That said, at this point, I feel much more comfortable with the potential that I could be let go due to not being able to keep up with the confusing quality standards that would be the only reason why I would go.

Thankfully, as far as assignments go, yesterday I was assigned to take a break and today I’m supposed to take in the lesson about how inspiration doesn’t just come out of thin air and that as the quote above says, it’s something you have to chase with a club. As someone who has been doing this blog on a daily basis going on six years, I’m fully aware of this concept so it’s a simple task at hand.

I’ll delve more into my thoughts on the topic when I check in with tomorrow’s update. Until then, it’s now time for me to wrap this thing up as usual by saying, good day and good luck to you and all of your projects.    

Talk to you soon.


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.