The Shearon Work Suitability Scale
Basically the SWSS divides all work into four distinct levels, based on the subjective viewpoint of the person using it. A certain job could be at different levels in the scale at different times.
Level 1 work is done solely for money. It provides no other benefit and should be given up and replaced with a higher level of work as soon as financial situation allows.
Level 2 work provides not only money, but also growth. This growth can be in the form of learning new skills or getting better at existing ones. It can also provide contacts or exposure.
Level 3 work is like Level 2, but is also inherently enjoyable.
Level 4 work is work that you would choose to do even if it were unpaid or you didn't need the money.
The scale is very simple to use. Basically consider all the work you do, both jobs and tasks/projects within jobs. Where are they on the scale?
Your goal is to move up the scale. Higher level work is more satisfying, more useful, and probably more valuable than lower level work.
When I started working, all my jobs were at Level 1 (wedding priest) and Level 2 (ALT, part-time eikaiwa). Over time I have been fortunate enough to move up, and now I would say that almost everything I do is Level 3 or Level 4.
The scale is useful when thinking about taking on new jobs or projects, and can help you compare options more clearly.
How about you? Where is your work on the SWSS?