So my work phone decided to give up on me. I have two phones: one for work and the other for my personal phone. I felt I needed this setup after my current personal phone (which has been with more for probably more than three years now) started freezing up with all the apps in it. Rather than upgrade with a higher RAM, I thought it would be better to just have a separate phone so there’s kind of a distinction with what I’m attending to.
After barely just a year of working hard, this phone felt it was the right time to die. From the way it kept restarting, I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the battery. I was surprised and disappointed. It was the shortest any phone lasted for me (most of my phones last more than three years). Granted, it was just a budget phone, but it got me thinking: was I overworking myself too?
Clearly, I need a replacement phone. But this decision goes deeper than the budget and model I wanted. Do I upgrade my current personal phone and just demote it to a work phone? Or do I just buy another budget phone?
For this, I have to consider whether I want to continue on the career path I’m taking right now. Do I want to continue on the path I am taking now? Or will I not eventually need that extra phone?
That’s a tough one, especially now I’m feeling a little demotivated with the workload I have. But without a next step in mind, I feel lost and it’s like I just go through the motions each day until I’m sure of what to do. My friend has always asked me whether I would return to the BPO industry, and I’ve always used the pandemic as an excuse to wait and see. A reason to stay put and just be comfortable where I am.
Now that things are almost (but not quite) back to normal, is it time to take a hard look at what the next step should be? After all, everyone seems to be moving on with their lives and there have been lots of changes around me already.
It’s really a tough one for me because the tradeoff can be quite tricky. On the one hand, I appreciate being able to work at home, having not so much politics and office drama at work, and having a fairly reasonable boss. On the other hand, I do want to have more financial stability, a higher salary and better handling of my taxes, social security contributions, and other matters that are easily taken care of when there is an HR in the company.
But then again, the daily commute and being away from my dogs for hours at a time is not something I look forward to.
What I can say for now is that I don’t feel confident yet to take a leap and rock the boat. Until I find that compelling reason to make a switch I guess I would really just have to buy another work phone for what I am currently doing.