Lately (the last five years or so), I’ve been suffering from cubicle blues. For you who don’t know what a cubicle is, it’s in the picture above.
It’s your own little office within the office.
Some of you might call it your own little prison inside the prison, but that might be a bit harsh.
Anyway, I’m not sitting in a cubicle. I’m in what you call an open office setting. It looks like this:
Well, not exactly because I found this image on Google Images, but you get the point. You have close desk neighbours. (Not personally close, just geographically close).
So why did I call this post cubicle blues? Because sometimes I feel a bit tired of working 9-18 in an office and cubicle sounds much better than open office blues (the feeling of being trapped is easier to understand with cubicle reference). I know a lot of you do, but I just wanted to vent and open up the opportunity for you, dear readers, to vent in the comments.
Besides venting, what do you do about cubicle/office blues? Just get on with it? Treat it as a passing feeling?
I think the only thing you can do, besides looking for another job (which might lead to the same kind of pain, but not necessarily), is to try to work on your own thing on the side. This could be your life-long dream of x, or a start-up idea you’ve had for some time, or a hobby you want to take to the next step. It’s just something to keep your head high and out of the bluesy waters of office-land.
I’m writing books. Not sure they’ll get me anywhere, but at least I have the dream to hold on to and it makes my days in the office more bearable.
I should for the record say that I don’t have an awful job in any way. Far from it. It’s just that I, like possibly millions of other people, was born with the feeling that I want to accomplish greater things. Or at least my own things. And it could be that I’ve been working six years in the same place.
What’s your office story? Please share in the comments. And let’s get our heads up above sea level.