The last 2 years have been the most productive of my life. I was always a multi tasker and busy with 10 things at a time but I have had ample time to indulge in my hobbies- running, blogging, working out, travelling, reading. They have also kept me sane. Most importantly, they have kept frustration and stress at bay. This is also why I choose my hobbies over people.
Life is tranquil most of the year and then appraisal season arrives. I am the sort of corporate rat who does not compare myself with others. I refrain from asking people’s salaries or evaluate their career moves. Or rather, I try my best not to. But the pressure catches up. When I feel am ok, the pressure to move up bogs me down. Why can’t one just do their job, work from 9 to 6 and just be? Why can’t I just ‘chill’ and stop worrying where my career is going. It will go where it has to go. Or maybe it won’t. Does it really matter?
Sigh. As appraisal season starts, I get ready to torture my manager with questions about “career development”, “growth”, “long term plan” and “increments” even though I know the market is bad, companies are struggling and 90% of the time am fine where I am.