The good news: I am now available to work on new paid projects! I also have more time for those stacked-up fun free projects.
The bad news: I don’t like not having regular income, and I feel that my time would be spent more valuably working in an organisation that has positive social impact rather than spending my time filling in job applications. I know it’s a necessary penance… but it sucks.
I dread jobseeking yet here I am. And look how happy the new economics foundation‘s and Action for Happiness‘ Happiness at Work Survey says I am! It surprised me. Maybe I am doing ok after all. I filled out the questions keeping in mind that I work for myself, filling out job application forms and working on various freelance projects.
The survey provides guidance on how to make an action plan, and gives a full break down in different ways of your results. To me it was helpful because it made me realise things aren’t as bad as I thought. I get to plan my own time so I spend plenty of time with family and friends. I manage myself well, and I like my studio and get one with people around me. The career path I’m on is a meaningful, purposeful one. I’ve got more scores of 10/10 than under 3/10. Not bad.
To be honest, I am not totally sold on the dynamic model. Maybe it’s familiar workplace language to some people, but it’s not really working for me. I would like to see more illustrations/annotations on that diagram. I reckon I could take it on as a project…
You don’t have to publish your results as I have, and please let’s not destructively compare happiness levels. This is a snapshot of how I feel in the status quo, and other people might feel better or worse in the same situation for a multitude of factors. Happiness is NOT a competition. Please see #sharefailure.
I want to take the survey again when I am next employed. Let’s see what the impact of employment has on my wellbeing.