I’m pretty comfortable at my desk job.  I’ve always been more of an office guy.  I’m definitely not what you’d consider rough and tough. While I enjoy working on things and getting things done,I’ve never thought about life outside of the office.  But, maybe it’s time to think about what-if.  If nothing else, it’s just for fun.  What desk job alternatives would I consider?

Desk Job Alternatives

I guess the qualifications for this would be pretty straightforward:

  1. I’d have to enjoy it.
  2. I’d have to be good at it.

I know you have to consider salary as well.  After all, I do have to make a living and provide for the family.  But, for this exercise, I set that aside.

There are a couple of things that I could see myself doing:

Cleaning Carpets

Last week, I had the house to myself for around 24 hours.  I decided that I wanted to get some carpet cleaning done.  I had purchased a small steam cleaner a few months ago.  This is more to fill in times between getting them professionally cleaned.  Since it’s been a while, I wanted to get a few rooms done.

mb-2015-01-carpetI set about doing some of the highly used rooms in our house.  With the limited time I had, I didn’t move furniture. It was just a basic clean hitting the main traffic and open areas.

I had figured each room might take an hour.  I was way off.  Given the amount of dirty water I was dumping out, I just kept going until the water was relatively clean.  It took about 2-3 hours per room.  And, the thing was, the extra time didn’t bother me!

Cutting Lawns

I have my dad to thank for getting me into the practice of cutting grass, as I would help him cut the lawn at my parents house while growing up.  He taught me a lot of the various nuances and tricks to make sure that you’re not just cutting the grass, but doing so in a way to keep it looking good, and I’ve enjoyed taking that knowledge with me as I now have my own home.

Of course, it’s the dead of winter so I haven’t cut the grass in a few months, but when the season rolls around, it’s something that again, I don’t mind doing at all.  In fact, if anybody gets annoyed, it’s my wife, because sometimes I’ll set out to do it just a couple of days after having done it last time.  While I’m not escaping, as she half-jokingly suggests, it is nice to be able to throw on my headphones, listen to some music, get a little fresh air, and a little exercise, all while keeping the yard looking good.

Things I Would Instantly Disqualify Myself For

Here are two tasks I definitely would not consider if it ever came down to it:

  • Painting – I’m pretty good at painting but generally only in short stretches.  After a couple of hours, I start to get sloppy and I’ll end up yelling at the paintbrush as I go over drips or wipe wall paint off of the ceiling.
  • Shoveling Snow – I do our snow with either the shovel or snow blower, and will help out with others, but I had two hernia surgeries years back, and for some reason the snow aggravates the areas where I’ve had them.  While I’ve been assured that there’s little risk of giving myself another hernia, that it’s probably just pulling on tight scar tissue, the feeling is bothersome enough that I would not want to do it regularly.

Readers, have you ever considered, without truly considering, what types of things you would do if you decided to completely change your career approach?  Have you or anybody you know ever traded in your desk job for something else (or vice-versa)?