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Time Keeps on Slippin'

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. ~ “The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot

Two days left of work. Two days left of boot camp. Four days until the weekend.

My old boss called me a clock-watcher. Then, it was a bad thing. I couldn’t wait to leave at 5 p.m. each day.

For the past year, I’ve done nothing but watch the clock, but at a TV station, it’s a good thing: I strive to produce a news show by 6 p.m. Every second counts when you’re trying to put the day’s news into twenty-seven minutes and 30 seconds, minus commercials. I spend eight hours working on a show, I watch it happen, and it’s quickly over. The seconds fly by at the end. (Unless something is going horribly wrong.)

In two days, I will no longer be a clock watcher.

They say you have to be a little be crazy to start your own business. I agree. I must be crazy to give up the security of a full-time job with health benefits and a steady paycheck. But here I go.

Many of my friends and family know I’m leaving, but they don’t know exactly what I’m doing. They are all expecting a simple insert-new-job-title-and-company-name-here answer. Nope. Guess again. The answer is: a lot of things.

It’s not easily summed up in a 30-second elevator pitch. So here’s a breakdown, as we say on TV:

  • Freelancing – Writing, editing, social media management. Producing content for Web sites, media relations, marketing. If you know anyone who needs my services, send them my way. I may have landed a client who needs a book edited, which I’m excited to do.
  • Professional Organizing – I’ll be taking classes with the National Association of Professional Organizers, and, if my plans work out, I’ll be working as an organizer part-time.
  • Meeting Management – I still haven’t heard back about this one, but I’m hoping a meeting management company has some part-time work for me that would allow me to go to different cities and help companies set up meetings.

I’m an organized and efficient person, so I doubt I’ll keep my eyes from the clock while doing any of these jobs. But at least it will be for me.

Two more days.

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