It is 6.00 a.m. in the morning. The sun is starting to light up the room through the window. I comfortably lie on my bed just out of a dream. I twist and turn to sleep again because there is no work today.
Anyone reading this would assume that today would be a holiday, but actually everyday is a holiday for me right now. I quit my job last month and finding another one has not been successful yet.
Being single, and being jobless is a very bad idea. Apart from the fact that I find it really hard to pay my bills, I am overwhelmed by the feeling of loneliness. I have no one to talk with.
Today, after scrambling out from bed, I started to research on the subject of strategy: Military Strategy- Alexander the Great vs Darius. It was 300,000 of Darius’ Persian Army vs 45,000 of Alexander’s Macedonians.
In those days, (and still today), being superior in numbers is often the deciding factor. In a regular battle, the larger army would slaughter the smaller one. But this battle was different. Alexander outsmarted, outmaneuvered and outran (through the flanks) an army five times about his size! Hundreds of thousands of Persians were butchered that day and their bodies lay on the ground waiting for the raptorial birds to prey on.
Strategy is a good subject. It is especially good for reading on a holiday or on a long journey. But reading it on a day like this will not hold me in good stead in my quest to find my next job.
I thought about it for a while. What value can I give for a potential employer? I do graphic design. I write. I do DTP. I design websites. I would be of potential help to some ad agency.
Or if nothing works out, I can do medical transcription. I was a professional medical transcriptionist some time ago, albeit for shorter durations.
Days like these are bad for certain reasons. Apart from no-pay, there is the problem of wasted time. It is a valuable resource that I can’t redeem if not used properly.
So what do I do? I make a list of on-job skills that I want to get better at. I plan for my each day the night before. I work on my skills that I want to improve. I make it quantifiable. And I review it every night before I go to bed. I ask, “What improvements did I make?” “What can be done differently to make an even better advance?” “Did I waste my time doing things that did not make any difference?”
I am single, and periods like this will recur. I feel it prudent to acknowledge it. This way I will be better prepared every time it happens.