Sunday, August 05, 2007

The Wisdom of Obi Ron Pierogie

A Fast Work Day

Your day starts at 6:30 A.M. You have loads to do so you get cranking. After working about ten minutes you look up and see that it's really been two hours and you're farther behind than when you started... Must move faster. You turn up the speed and it seems like you're just starting to make headway. Glance at the clock - 11:30, lunchtime. Grab a cup of coffee and a sandwich and start to relax. After five minutes of being in a wonderful place in your mind where there are no deadlines you're startled out of your dreamy world by the fact that thirty two minutes have slipped by and you're two minutes late. While at lunch three more orders came in and you're told you have to completely redo the sales ad you finished last Friday because someone lost all the paperwork, and it has to be sent to the printers by 12:30. You work like mad for the next four hours to catch up, staying a half hour over just to get things ready to finish tomorrow.

A Slow Day Work Day

Start at 6:30 and dive into the day's workload, which isn't very much at all, so you slow down the pace. After about two hours you think a coffee break is in order since you got most of your work done for the day already. You mosey toward the time clock and run into the 7:00 cashier who's just clocked in. It's 7:03. You need something to kill time, so you average out your sales for the last month. Then the last six months. You check your sales for the year and compare them to last year's, looking as busy as you can when the boss comes through. You made it to your 9:30 fifteen minute break, so you get a coffee and head to the break room when a salesman stops you and tells you that all the prices will be going up again, then fumbles through his briefcase for five minutes to find an important flyer to give you with all his new items on it. It's the same one you got in the mail last week. By the time you get to the break room it's time to go back to work. The next two hours are spent rearranging your paperwork and organizing it, then redoing it until you end up with things the way they were when you started. With the day dragging you look forward to a long half hour for lunch and start a new page on your crossword puzzle. On nine down you get a strange sensation of speed and see that lunchtime is over already. Maybe the rest of the day will start getting faster now...yeah, right.... The rest of the day would have moved more quickly if you were in a Monopoly marathon, and by three o'clock your brain is screaming from boredom. You run to your car and vow never to come back.


Blogger Michelle's Spell said...

Hey Tim,

Great post for a Monday! You describe the office all too well. Here's to a lot more breaks and some of the good kind of excitement, like your boss saying, Here's the day off and some more money also because you deserve it and maybe even another week of paid vacation. :)

9:24 AM  
Blogger Cheri said...

I remember those days working for the window company... some days would be so slow that we'd go for extra smoke breaks. Thank God I'm too busy at the cafe... I don't smoke anymore.

10:03 PM  

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