Uncomfortable At Work? These Signs Will Tell You What’s Wrong With Your Job

Tonight will feature two blog posts. This first post is a guest post from Artur Meyster of careerkarma.com.

Feeling uncomfortable at work may compromise your performance and stop you from achieving happiness in life. If you’re considering quitting, you may have landed the wrong job. Recognizing when your job isn’t a good match can be hard when we don’t keep our eyes wide open. Today, many employers are doing everything they can to meet workers’ needs because of the talent shortage. However, since overwork and stress can have adverse effects on your health, just a good salary isn’t enough. 

To identify if you’re in the wrong place, here are some signs that will tell you what’s wrong with your job. They will help you make the right decision at the right time with ease.

You Hate What You Do At Work

If your current position seems like the job of your dreams during the interview, but you realize that you hate what you do, this is a huge sign you’re in the wrong place. When workers don’t enjoy what they do, they provide poor results and feel frustrated. In this case, you should consider talking to your boss to fix the issue. 

If not using your strengths is what makes you feel unmotivated, try to collaborate in projects. It’s ok not to love everything about the job. But, if the bad outweighs the good, you should quit ASAP. Feeling frustrated won’t allow you to achieve happiness and might trigger strong emotional reactions. In other words, your job isn’t healthy, and you shouldn’t stay any longer.

The Work Environment Is Terrible

If the position is everything you have always dreamed of, but the work environment is awful, quitting could be a good alternative. If you feel that your current job is negatively affecting your mental health, you shouldn’t keep it. When the work environment isn’t good, no matter how happy you are at the beginning of the day, you’ll always have a bad mood at the end of your shift. Don’t forget that keeping a good emotional state and a positive attitude is essential to move forward and improve your well-being. Thus, you should look for a job that makes you feel comfortable.

Google, for example, is concerned about workers’ health. The company offers amazing perks to help workers feel comfortable, create relationships, and improve their well-being. Google’s workers love their job and enjoy what they do. As a result, they work harder day and night to help the company achieve its goals. 

There Are No Opportunities to Grow

If you applied to your current job just because of the money, you’re probably in the wrong place. No matter how good your salary is, your job is stopping you from achieving happiness if you can’t grow. Having a monotonous life may cause mental and emotional issues. If you feel stuck at work, consider starting a new job search.

Before making your decision, you can ask your boss for a new position or a promotion. If they agree, you might be able to solve the problem. However, if they disagree, leaving is the best decision you can make. 

Keeping Your Skills Up-to-date Is a Nightmare

Job training has become essential for employees to stay relevant. The competition is getting more challenging, and if you don’t want to be taken out of the game, you must keep your skills updated. If expanding your skills and developing your potential is a nightmare at your current job, this is a clear sign you’re in the wrong place. Get a job that allows you to enroll in coding schools like Lambda School or Rithm School. They are among the best options to get equipped with in-demand programming skills and learn how to build websites.

On the other hand, if you would like to solve the issue, you can ask your boss for free coding resources. Learning how to code will allow you to implement better techniques and provide better results. Also, if you get equipped with machine learning skills, you’ll increase your chances of getting a better job as you will have what it takes to help companies succeed. 

In Summary

If you recognize any of these signs at work, you should consider getting a new job. Nowadays, several companies are concerned about workers’ education and well-being. Therefore, don’t hesitate to take the leap and get what you deserve. Don’t forget that having a great work-life balance is vital to keep excellent health and achieve happiness. 

Après la Neige (After the Snow)

A beautiful sight but a sad aftermath.

Hello, everyone. If you’ve been following our blog, there was no Mega Millions post. This is because we went close to three days without electricity. As for Lotto Texas and Powerball? We got our electricity back late last night and will not be able to provide analysis tonight. We’ll be bringing you the latest Mega Millions analysis in Saturday’s post.

Late Sunday night/early Monday morning, Texas was hit with snow and ice, plus record-low temperatures that hadn’t been seen in decades. The state’s power grid couldn’t handle the load and parts of it needed to be shut down. Otherwise, it would have spelled an even larger catastrophe.

Because of the refusal to properly winterize Texas’s power grid, millions were left cold, hungry and frustrated. As many dealt with (near) freezing temperatures in their homes and/or pipes that had burst, some lost their lives.

The saddest part is that all of this could have been avoided. As Texas continues to get back on its feet, keep us in your thoughts, y’all.

Shameless Plug: Instagram

For years, I resisted the urge to create another social media account. I rarely post on Facebook, so why invest in yet another platform…which is now owned by Facebook?

Resistance was futile, as it was late last year that I broke down and created an Instagram profile. I wanted to show my artistic side, build an audience so that when other artistic endeavors drop, there’s a fan base ready to like and spread the word. Oh, there would be pictures of food here and there, too. And then, I was hit by a double whammy.

One, I wasn’t consistent with posting and when I did post, my feed wasn’t really consistent. Number Two was something crazy in hindsight, and it’s something I do not recommend to anyone engaging in creative endeavors: I compared myself to other artists. That, and not knowing what to draw caused me to avoid Instagram altogether. I let the account set for almost a year before I posted anything.

Back in September, I participated in an art challenge. Once every three days, I’d post something, and it got me some likes. Okay, I thought, this is something I could work with. Then October came, and I started posting more drawings. I was starting to get back in the groove and finding my aesthetic.

And then, November’s Huevember challenge really helped me find something I could stick with, and as a result, I ended up archiving September and most of October’s posts. The challenge helped remind me of the other reason I joined Instagram: to maintain a consistent drawing habit.

Here are a few things I worked on in December:

A recent sketch:

Processed with VSCO with c3 preset. Sketching out a family. From @artofzematter

Want to see more of my artsy side?  Check out my Instagram account @artofzematter. Feel free to like, comment, share and follow!  

Special Post: Knowing When It’s Time to Quit Your Job

Happy Tuesday, everyone! If you’ve stopped by this blog, chances are you want to win those millions.  Thing is, winning the lottery requires both picking the right numbers and patience. In the meantime, you need money, not just to play the lottery, but to live.

But what if you’re currently unemployed or feeling unfulfilled at your current job? Tech jobs are in high demand. Career Karma is a network of like-minded individuals helping each other seek employment and enhance their careers in the STEM world. Today’s guest post is by Artur Meyster, CTO of Career Karma:

Feeling Uncomfortable at Work? How to Tell if It’s Time to Quit

When searching for a new job, many people have high expectations. However, after starting out in a new role, sometimes things might not be what you expected. Because of the high demand for qualified talent, employers are doing whatever they can to convince skilled candidates to join their company. Even though you may be making an exceptionally high salary, you could still be unhappy.

If you’re in a job where you feel unhappy but don’t know if it’s the right time to quit, you should look for the following signs. Noticing these will help you decide if your job is not a good fit for you.

You Can’t Be Yourself

Your personality is what makes you unique. If you can’t be yourself at your job, it’s a sign that it’s the right time to quit. When employees can’t express their feelings, they feel uncomfortable and frustrated. In this case, your performance will start to decline. Talk with your boss to express your feelings and try to find a solution. But, if you can’t solve the problem, don’t hesitate to write a resignation letter.

The Company Doesn’t Practice What It Preaches

Maybe during the interview, it seemed like the job of your dreams. But, you arrive at your new job, and the company doesn’t practice what it preaches. If this happens, you should leave to look for a job where your values align with those of the company. Before applying for new jobs, do some research to see if the company’s culture meets your expectations.

Your Responsibilities Are Overwhelming

Having a lot of responsibility on your shoulders can increase your stress levels significantly. Constantly dealing with stressful situations can have adverse effects on your health. Admitting that you can’t handle your work tasks may be a blow to your pride. But, don’t hesitate to ask for help or a break if necessary. Don’t push yourself too hard and recognize when it’s time to take time off.

A full-stack developer, for example, often has to deal with stressful situations during a project. They have to meet deadlines and provide results in a short timeframe. Given that, they must ask for help, otherwise the company will not meet its deadlines. If your boss makes you feel even more stressed, it’s another sign you should leave.

The Company Does Not Encourage Learning

Keeping your skills up to date is crucial for staying relevant and increasing your future job opportunities. Having a job that provides you with personal and professional growth is essential. If learning isn’t emphasized by the company, you should think about quitting. If you can’t learn new skills, you’ll be left behind, and finding a better job will be a struggle. Ask your boss if you can take online courses or enroll in a vocational school.

Vocational schools like General Assembly, for example, help students learn in-demand programming skills. Ask your boss if you can get tuition reimbursement benefits for a course like this. Otherwise, analyze the situation and see if there’s a chance for the company to provide an on-site class.

You Don’t Feel Motivated

A lack of motivation can be a good sign you should leave your job. However, before making a decision, you should see what’s going wrong. Being unmotivated will affect your performance. Analyze if it’s the work environment or your colleagues that are harming your motivation. Collaborating on projects and engaging in teamwork can be one way to fix the issue. If your co-workers disagree to teamwork and keep you in a bad mood all day, you should think about quitting.

You Aren’t Using Your Strengths

Sometimes you may land in a new job that seems perfect. But, in a few months, you may realize that you aren’t using your best skills. If you can’t use your strengths, you will feel frustrated and overwhelmed.

For example, if a software engineer isn’t using their coding skills, they can’t learn new techniques to implement better practices. As long as you can use your strengths, you will be on the right path to success. If there’s no chance that you can use your strongest skills, you should leave.

Conclusion

A job that allows you to become better each day is essential to prepare yourself for future challenges. If your current position affects you emotionally or is holding back your career, don’t hesitate to start a new job search. Although money is important for paying the bills, remaining competitive requires more than just a handsome salary. Look for jobs that will provide you with an appropriate work-life balance and the benefits to help you level up your skills.

Concerning Patterns and Groups

As I went through my email last night, I came upon this message:

What does the 2 2 1 1, 2 1 2 1 and 4-2 patterns mean? Like what does the number mean? Do you have a blog about that?

Those are good questions and there is a blog post now!

The numbers in Patterns like {4-2} represent how many numbers come from a Group. The {4-2} Pattern is exclusive to Lotto Texas, so let’s start there. Lotto Texas has three Groups:

  • Group 1 is 1 – 18
  • Group 2 is 19 – 36
  • Group 3 is 37 – 54

The {4-2} Pattern is made up of numbers from two Groups. For example, we can have four numbers from Group 1, and two from Group 3. A more in-depth explanation of Lotto Texas Groups and Patterns can be found here and here.

A similar logic applies to Mega Millions and Powerball. Both are made up of six Groups, though it’s broken down a little differently. Mega Millions is like this:

  • Group 1 is 1 – 14
  • Group 2 is 15 – 28
  • Group 3 is 29 – 42
  • Group 4 is 43 – 56
  • Group 5 is 57 – 70
  • Group 6 is MB (Mega Ball) 1- 25

Powerball’s Grouping is like Mega Millions’ until we get to Group 5. In Powerball, Group 5 goes from 57 to 69 and Group 6 is PB (Powerball) 1 to PB 26.

Let’s look at the {2-2-1-1} Pattern. We can, for example, have two numbers from Group 1, two from Group 4, one from Group 5, and one from Group 6 (Mega Ball or Powerball, depending on lottery). Note that with Mega Millions and Powerball, the last group is always Group 6. The main Mega Millions and Powerball sites break it down visually on their Groups and Patterns pages.

What in the World?!

After another very long day on the job, I was unable to provide y’all with the latest lottery news. In the meantime, here’s a special post by the Lottery Trend architect herself, Mary Harris. I want to thank her for writing this up last night. Everything will be “on schedule” tomorrow.

Hi! Mary Semiene Harris, here, filling in for Lotterymeister, Freyja Harris.   I really don’t know the first thing about blogging. I’ve read some blogs, but I don’t know about blogs, per se. So, here goes.  

I assume that if you are reading this, it is because you are looking for information on either Lotto Texas or Powerball or both. And you’ve come to the right place.  Lottery Trend offers a consistent and unique perspective on the draws from Lotto Texas, Powerball, and Mega Millions. Unique in that we provide information that helps the reader get a better handle on selecting winning combinations. 

We Started with the TEXAS Lottery

With very little money in hand, about $5.00 or so, I picked winning Four-Number Combinations A LOT. I started playing in November 1992, and later, got a little lottery club together (four or five people at any given time). Between us we played a total of 18 to 24 combinations, spending anywhere from $18.00 to $24.00, and came very close to winning the jackpot itself, around Christmas (1996?). Again, we picked a winning Four-Number Combination, and we were one-digit off with the remaining two numbers. Texas changed its system from 1-50 to 1-54, and I got involved in other things. I did not play the lottery for at least seven years, but in 2006, for reasons I will not go into, I got dragged back in. I started winning Four-Number Combinations again, and swore when I hit the 30 mark, I would quit counting. I hit my 30th Four-Number Combination win in 2008, and I stopped counting. I’ve won Four-Number Combination sets several times since, but needless to say, I’m ready for that jackpot, but I can’t complain too much since $5.00 is my limit and I don’t play all the time. As of this writing, it has been over two years since I played at all. I’d always said that I needed to put a club together (more money available for playing means increased odds of winning, and no additional financial risk), but I, personally, have not had the time. I’m still working behind the scene on Lottery Trend.

But this is my vision for Lottery Trend: That people who come to the website, would see the value of it, and then they could form their own lottery clubs, and would start winning jackpots, implementing strategies based on information provided by Lottery Trend. But back when we first introduced Lottery Trend, a relative gave me his honest opinion, telling me that he did not want anyone to know about the website. “Aah,” I thought. “That could be a problem.”

I noticed that this blog’s followers are few, but the actual visitors to this blog every month are in the thousands and from around the world. Not many are choosing to follow, but they don’t have to, because the information provided is free and easily accessible. No hurdles or anything to jump over.

Future plans are to expand the websites, providing more specifics, such as (1) providing odd/even statistics associated with each pattern, which will be based on six groups, rather than the present three for Lotto Texas, (2) providing and contrasting theoretical and actual pattern percentages, including general and specific order (i.e., what is running ahead/behind, and by how many drawings), and (3) by way of monthly or quarterly reports, providing an overall lottery synopsis covering said period.

We already possess the above-mentioned capability for all three lotteries but providing this information will depend on whether there is enough interest in subscribing (@ $5.00/month) to Lottery Trend . Stay tuned!

Now for the October 2, 2019 analysis. We’re going to start with the {4-1-1} Pattern

Texas Lottery

October kicked off with the {4-1-1} Pattern playing the numbers 9, 26, 39, 42, 47, and 49, Specific Order 1_1_4.

New month, new Pattern. Source: lotterytrend.com.

Did you know that if this was the pattern you played last night, your odds of winning were about 1 out of 3,000,000, rather than 1 out of 26,000,000 (see what strategy does?)? If you played this specific order, your odds improved to about 1 out of 1,000,000. If you spent $10.00 playing this Specific Order last night, even better – 1 out of 100,000. Now imagine that you were part of a club…

Specific Order 1_1_4 comprises 35% of the winning drawings that make up the {4-1-1} Pattern, and 3.83% of all 1695 Lotto Texas drawings (numbers ranging from 1 through 54). The {4-1-1} Pattern characterizes 10.91% of those same 1695 drawings. Both the Pattern and Specific Order had not seen the light of day since August 28 2019.

There were no repeating Four-Number Combinations.

Powerball

Although the {3-2-1} Pattern dominates Lotto Texas (this pattern is based on arranging 1 through 54 into three groups, 18 numbers each), this is not so in Powerball. In Powerball, we divide 69 numbers into four groups, 14 numbers each, and a fifth group with the last thirteen numbers of 1 through 69.  We put all 26 Power balls into the sixth and last group. 

The {3-2-1} Pattern in Powerball makes up 5.47% of all Powerball drawings (compared to 52-53% in Lotto Texas) so far (1 through 69, Power Balls 1 through 26). This Pattern and the [3-2-1] General Order, were last seen on June 5, 2019.

Looking at Wednesday’s drawing, the [3-2-1] General Order slightly leads its counterpart, General Order [2-3-1], by 14 to 12, and that is due to the drawing of 4, 8, 10, 43, 53 and Power Ball 7

A quiet start for Powerball. Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

The [3-2-1] General Order makes up 53.8% of all drawings designated as part of the {3-2-1} Pattern in Powerball, and 2.78% of all 417 Powerball drawings. That said, we hadn’t seen Specific Order 3_0_0_2_0_1 since its debut March 16, 2016. With only two appearance so far, it makes up 14.28% of the [3-2-1] General Order, 7.69% of the {3-2-1} Pattern, and  0.48% of all 417 Powerball drawings.

There we no repeat Three-Number Combinations.

 Freyja had other appointments today, and I volunteered to fill in. It was a pleasure blogging (is it “blogging to you” or “blogging for you”?). Oh, well. Have a nice evening!

Signing Off,

Mary Semiene Harris

Guest Blogger

Once Again–No Combination Repeats, But Two Reigning Patterns Return!

Well, Lottery Trend Fans, this is guest blogger, Romulun Harris, about to give his last post for a while. To begin, the reigning patterns in both Lotto Texas and Powerball made their return. And now the details.

 

Lotto Texas

Last night on April 1, 2017, the winning numbers for Lotto Texas were 3, 21, 28, 33, 38, and 52.

Lotto Texas’s reigning {3-2-1} Pattern appeared for 745th time and, currently, has played in 51.95% of all 1434 drawings. The Pattern last played on March 22, 2017.

The 1 3 2 Specific Order made its 110th appearance. Currently, it has played in 14.77% of 745 drawings associated with the {3-2-1} Pattern and 7.67% of all 1434 drawings. The 1 3 2 Specific Order last played on the first day of March.

There were no repeats in Four-Number Combinations.

 

Powerball

Last night on April 1, 2017, the winning numbers for Powerball were 9, 32, 36, 44, 65, and PB 01.

Powerball’s reigning {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made its 55th appearance and, currently, has appeared 35.26% of all 156 drawings. The pattern last played on March 29, 2017.

The [1-2-1-1-1] General Order made its 14th appearance. Currently, it has appeared in 25.45% of 55 drawings associated with the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern and 8.97% of all 156 drawings. The [1-2-1-1-1] General Order last played on March 8, 2017.

The 1 0 2 1 1 1 Specific Order made its 3rd appearance. Currently, it has appeared in 28.57% of 14 drawings associated with the [1-2-1-1-1] General Order, 7.27% of 55 drawings associated with the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern, and 1.92% of all 156 drawings. The 1 0 2 1 1 1 Specific Order last played on January 18, 2017.

There were no repeats in Three-Number Combinations.

 

Yeah, that’s right! No number combination repeats (i.e., at the three-four-level for Powerball and Texas Lottery respectively) in either Lotto Texas or Powerball!

 

And now, before I leave you all, I would like to thank Freyja Harris for this opportunity to blog to you all for the past two weeks while she was on vacation in Japan. Freyja will be back on Wednesday to fill in on the details while I continue my duties as analyst for lotterytrend-megamillions.com. Until the time comes again when I have to fill in for Freyja, this is Romulun Harris signing off.

Another Special Post: Lottery Strategy Edition

Over the weekend I had a question about Patterns for the architect of the very system this blog covers. I sent her an email, and she quickly provided feedback:

Dear Lottery Meister:

In answer to your question: The less a pattern plays – say like 20 percent
of the time – I would not look at the fact that it is not playing 80 percent
of the time, and therefore, not play that pattern. I have calculated and
verified the theoretical probabilities and actual probabilities on patterns,
general orders, and specific orders listed on our sites. What you are
reporting real time for www.lotterytrend.com, www.lotterytrend-megamillions.com, and www.lotterytrend-powerball.com, are actual probabilities. The actual pattern probabilities are not that far off
from the theoretical. In general, the less a pattern plays the greater your
odds of winning when it does play – providing you are playing the ” less
played” pattern. But since Lottery Trend breaks the patterns down into
general orders and specific orders, you have the choice of increasing your
odds of winning, i.e., if you pick a specific order and you stick with that
specific order, when that specific order does play, your odds of winning are increased, significantly.

For instance, if you are playing the {3-2-1} pattern in Texas Lotto (and you are only buying one ticket), your odds of winning when {3-2-1} does play is about 1 out of 13 million rather than 1 out of 26 million. If you are
playing the {5-1} pattern, your odds of winning are about 1 out of 900,000, rather than 1 out of 26 million. The strategy is to stay the course and keep playing that same pattern until it turns up. A {5-1} pattern plays on average between 3 and 4 times every 100 drawings. If I know nothing else I would play the {5-1} pattern, seeing that my chances are better when it does come around. I can spend that dollar every draw until {5-1} does play.

It’s like picking a spot to fish, knowing where and how the fish bites.

If you know about specific orders associated with each pattern, you can
increase your odds even more, providing you stick with that specific order.
But the rarity of play for specific order kicks in, and my chance of picking
the right specific order for {5-1} is about two out of three (when the {5-1}
pattern does play -there are six specific orders to choose from and if {5-1}
pops up 4 out of 100 draws, I have a 2 out of 3 chance that the specific
order I’ve chosen will play). If I am playing the right specific order when
{5-1} does play, the odds of winning, playing that one dollar, is 1 out of
154,000, rather than 1 out of 26 million.

The same goes for the {3-2-1} pattern. This pattern plays about 1 out of 2
drawings. Picking a specific order, and staying with that specific order
increases my chance of winning, when that specific order does play. The
{3-2-1} pattern consists of six specific orders. When the specific order
I’ve chosen does play my odds of winning are about 1 out of 2,250,000,
rather than 1 out of 26 million. Because of how often the {3-2-1} pattern
plays it is nearly a given that the specific order you choose will play
several times a year.

And consider this, if I choose to buy more than one ticket, but stay
consistent with the specific order, I improve my odds of winning even more.

The {5-1} pattern plays about 3 to 4 percent. So I calculate that it plays
about 3 to 4 times a year. I would not count it out due to the odds of
winning when it does play.

Whether you play a pattern or not depends on (1) how often that pattern is expected to play, (2) the odds of winning, when that pattern plays, (3) and your patience. When I co-authored Lottery Trend in 1993, I calculated that the {6} pattern (based on five groups and ten numbers in each group) would play once every 150 years. This was when the Texas Lottery was playing 1-50. Now, that’s a pattern that I would not have played. And when the Texas Lottery went from 1-50 (over 600 drawings) to 1-54, the {6} pattern still had not played.

The {6} pattern is different for the 1-54 system (based on three groups, 18
numbers, each). It has played five times in 1378 drawings. I calculated
that it should play 2 out of every 1000 drawings. As of this writing it
plays about 4 out of every 1000 drawings. Based on my calculations it
should trend about once every five years. Based on the way it is actually
playing, it is trending once every three and a half years. The {6) pattern
has three specific orders, and given the expectation of playing once every
three to five years, you could wait as long as fifteen years before the
specific order you choose plays. But it does play, and when a specific
order for this pattern plays and you are “patient” enough, your odds of
winning are 1 out of 19,000 (playing just one dollar). So that’s the
trade-off.

I created this system in 1992 during the advent of the Texas Lottery system, and I am proud to say I have expanded it to include Megamillions and Powerball.

Stay tuned.

Mary Semiene Harris

A Very Special Post

Lately, we here at Lottery Trend have come across websites that are using our information and the creators of said sites are not giving us credit. This is the first of a series of special posts created in order to set the record straight.

Our sites constantly show how often Combinations play. We do this in order for people to see the futility in playing repeating Combinations, particularly Three, Four, and Five-Number Combinations. We were unable to find documentation for Combination counts, particularly for Three, Four, and Five-Number Combinations. This led us to the design and creation of algorithms that allow for a rapid count for these Combos.

The Combination is just one concept. We created the concept of Patterns based on groups back in 1992. We were met with great skepticism, if not outright dismissal.

Now, we don’t mind if you would like to use the information on our sites for your own. However, you must cite your sources; otherwise it’s plagiarism.