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Unhappy

 
#1 Unhappy
20/02/2007 17:11

Unhappy Chappy

I'm unhappy. I just have that general feeling hanging above my head, it's been there for weeks now. There just always seems to be so much to do and it's got to the point where I just don't care anymore.

Can anyone help me?

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#2 RE: Unhappy
20/02/2007 17:36

jj to Unhappy Chappy (#1)

All in your head mate.

Try www.moodgym.anu.edu.au

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#3 RE: Unhappy
20/02/2007 17:43

Overworked Underpaid to jj (#2)

Tell me about it. I have so much to be happy for, but I feel miserable. I feel like I'm in a rat race then one day I'll wake up and find out I've wasted my life.

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#4 RE: Unhappy
20/02/2007 18:01

Unhappy Chappy to Overworked Underpaid (#3)

It's a real feeling of emptyness, I just don't think I'm contributing anything.

I work hard and produce good results but I feel so far removed from what's happening that I may as well do it over the phone.

I want to build something, to care for it and nurture it. Helping people do something better isn't enough, I want to be involved.

I didn't think it would be possible to have so much and yet feel so little.

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#5 RE: Unhappy
20/02/2007 18:09

Overworked Underpaid to Unhappy Chappy (#4)

Again, tell me about it. All those powerpoint slides and 100 page word documents - who cares? What difference does it really make? It's like doing work for the sake of it. I could make the same point in a 30 second telephone call as I do in these 100 page documents, but for some reason they want the huge piles of paper. It's a pointless task.

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#6 RE: Unhappy
20/02/2007 20:24

anon to Unhappy Chappy (#4)

<i> "I work hard and produce good results but I feel so far removed from what's happening that I may as well do it over the phone.

"I want to build something, to care for it and nurture it. Helping people do something better isn't enough, I want to be involved." </i>

Sounds like you need a break from consulting - try working in industry - it might provide you with that sense of continuity and purpose that you're looking for. Alternatively, if that seems like too big a jump, how about joining a consultancy more focussed on implementation and transformation or even an outsourcing outfit where you can get involved in building and running a new organisation, not just poking at bits of an existing one.

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#7 RE: Unhappy
20/02/2007 22:46

R to anon (#6)

Take a sabbatical and go join VSO...

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#8 RE: Unhappy
15/03/2007 16:27

A Mars A Day... to Unhappy Chappy (#1)

1. See a doctor - you may in fact be depressed. Failing that, talk to family, partner etc, people who actually know you. If they think you are depressed, you probably are.

2. Is it existential angst? Wondering what else you could be doing instead of what you are doing now? The grass not only looks greener on the other side, there are so many lawns to look at.

3. Ask yourself what you really want - if you want something else, change. You have 1 life, so live it. If being cooped up in an office most of the day, feeling disassociated from the world around you just isn't making you happy grasp the nettle and change your job.

4. Switch the laptop off and go outside and get some sunshine.

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