The Forum: Incremental Rebalance
Kevin Salwen on Life
Picking up on Halley's post below, improving worklife quality often requires only a fairly small change of perspective, not a particularly jarring one.
When I was a fairly young reporter in the Washington bureau of the Wall Street Journal, I had a multi-month period in which it seemed that every story I did ended up buried in the back of the third section. I'd work my tail off, then be frustrated that the editors weren't seeing how important and interesting my stories were. It even got to the point where we joked that if you wanted to find my stories, simply turn to the 'cargo plane page' -- C17A.
After hearing my latest diatribe against the stupidity of editors one afternoon, another reporter wearily replied, 'Why don't you stop doing those stories then? Obviously, other people don't find them that interesting.' As I sat there recovering from the 2x4 he had just delivered to the back of my head, I realized that this had been MY issue all along. Sure, I was riveted by this stuff, but no one else was. I was busy but I wasn't productive.
I began to bypass more of the day-to-day coverage and search for the bigger, deeper stories. My pieces began to receive better display and my job satisfaction improved immeasurably over the following year. Two years later, I was promoted to a great editor's slot.
I'll bet most people, as Halley notes, can find something similar in their own lives and make a tweak.