Time to move on?


I don’t know about you dear reader, but for me, there’s nothing quite like a week with your family to help set some perspective.

Where we live is quite the rural idyll and by quirks of geography, we escape much of the rougher weather. With that in mind, the Ever Lovely Mrs J and I have had many dog walks together. Wee Man has had space and time to relax and play his guitar while we’re out. Little Miss has entertained herself with gaming or reading. We’ve been out on day trips and had good times together, so it’s been a very pleasant break.

I, perhaps foolishly, checked my work email to remove some of the crap before I go back. There’s nothing on fire nor stuff I’ll cop for on my return. Yet, I look at the messages and think, does any of this actually matter? There seems to be a lot of busy work and running around, but little to show for it.

Take for example the week before I went. I found out that two of the projects I’d worked on had been canned. Not that I mind; binning them was the right thing to do. My question would be why did we start in the first place? It seems such ideas start from the top and go unchallenged. They creep forward like a glacier, driving things out of the way, trading things within, before grinding slowly to a halt when the momentum runs out.

If I have an *ahem* Bright Idea, the Ever Lovely Mrs J and/or the kids will poke at it and we’ll discuss things. If, after some reflection, it’s deemed not to be right, we don’t plough on regardless. We may try things for a while, but there are few occasions where we refuse to turn back. Not that we’re quitters, moreover I think we know when to change our plans.

Maybe it’s the return to work blues talking, or maybe it’s time for a new scene. I look out of the window and see the beauty of the trees, rolling hills, and fields….

I don’t miss the office. In fact, if anything, I would rather spend more time here than sat at a desk. The trick, if you will, is to find something that pays the bills and interests me. I can find the former or the latter; but not both. Gah! Money, money, money…. Still, only a few more decades until retirement eh? 😉

Take care,


  1. I have switched jobs several times and that includes moving from one coast to the other….more than once. Every time I've done this, it has given me renewed energy and actually made we want to go to work. I've found it to be a "rush" to move to a new city, learn the culture (and yes, in the USA the culture can be radically different in different cities, especially when they are on different oceans) and meet new friends. I've been in my current job for many years now and I still look forward to going to work every day.

    I'll note that my kids have turned out just fine and came to enjoy the relocations for the same reason I enjoyed them.

    Anyway, I know that's not exactly the topic of this post, but I thought I'd add my two cents (Pence?) worth.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Calie. Both kids are well established in school, and Mrs J's career is doing very well.

      I used to enjoy what I did, but having had a taste of training and coaching, I find the other stuff all rather tedious. Due to my 'cis male' white privalpri, I'm pretty well paid for what I do, so finding something that keeps the pennies rolling in, is rather tricky. Maybe I'm just too impatient 🙂

  2. I lost my temper at work early in 2017. So badly that I went out and got another job. As the offer came only weeks after my dad had died, Mrs D said "Are you in the right frame of mind to take a life changing decision?".
    Since not taking the other job, I've repeatedly seen the same cycle of destructive behaviour: "We know technology is changing we must embrace new technology, but which ones? Let's form a strategy". And so the cycle of six months sitting around talking, producing a slide deck and pretending we've achieved something, finding it's changed again, rinse and repeat. And my cry is "I don't mind either doing this or not doing this, I just need to know which".

    But as a friend (in fact, maybe a mutual friend of ours at Airbus) told me: "If you're a manager then the only thing in your problem solving toolbox is to do management".

    1. Ah, strategy. Remote, exclusive, out of touch, and rarely involves 'the little people'. It does lead to many long talks and some fancy lunches. It also keeps cowboy consultants in BMWs, so it's good for the car industry. 😉

      I feel your pain, if I may say that. To be caught in such a web is very stressful. Oddly, a research study into worker's lives held this up. It's not 'though at the top' as frequently the top can adjust things to suit.

      As to management, if it's enfircemenf of tasks, it's by the numbers. IMHO we need more leaders than managers.

      PS: Would the mutual friend by SW?

    2. SW indeed.
      Had that particular delight, the annual review this afternoon (at my place they are now "Winning Together" reviews, otherwise known as either "Whingeing Together" or "Whining Together"). Less horrific than previously as my immediate line manager has as much respect for the system as I do.
      As to your original point, I noticed this interview in this morning's Metro, and the first half of the answer to "What lessons has your career in comedy taught you?" sums it up perfectly. https://www.metro.news/sixty-seconds-with-dylan-moran/1089552/

    3. Ah, another term for "No Raise for You" meetings 🙂

      Thanks for the link. Satire aside, I think he – perhaps like many good comedians – had things very well observed. In fairness, the are some techniques or ideas that are very useful, but I'd be very wary of any one pegged or viewed as a saviour.

      Oh, human tribes. We do still love our chiefs 😉

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