My work can be boring and tedious at times.
Starr Saphir was an amazing lady who lead birding tours in New Yorks Central Park for over 40 years. She did this 4 days a week in all kinds of weather starting at 7:30 a.m. and continuing until she thought there were no more species to see that day. A tour might not end until dusk.
Ms. Saphir was still leading birders until a few months before her death despite having metastatic breast cancer, cataracts, a bad back, a limp and arthritis. These are her words:
“I am enormously lucky in that I absolutely love what I do every day that I do it. It doesn’t mean that it’s not tedious for moments, or for hours… It’s work. But I could keep this up for, I think, for hundreds of years. Nobody gets a chance to find that out.”
I love her honest statement, because I have moments like this too.
I really enjoy most of what I do on most days, in most situations. I am very fortunate. Like Starr, I am in a situation that keeps my mind and interests engaged on an ongoing basis. I find people, careers, ideas and leadership endlessly fascinating. However, there will always be tasks that make the clock stand still.
Remember, everyone, Birders and Career Coaches included, has a routine and gets bored at times.
This is normal.
If you find your work boring and tedious most of the time, that is a major problem not just for you but all of the other important people in your life, like your partner, kids and yes, your employer.
The key is what I call the “boring ratio”. Engagement divided by Boredom quantified as a function of time spent in each category. My goal is simple: to make that ratio work for you.
Engaged, along the road with you,