The other day a man walked into my office, and asked to help him insert a symbol in a mail he was writing. After I showed him how to do in in like 2 seconds, he said:
He: Wow amazing how much you guys know!
Then one of my colleagues shouted from another room:
My colleague: OR amazing how LITTLE you guys know!
For someone working with office everyday he probably should know how to insert symbols or at least how to google it.
The time we live in demands us to work hard and deal with stress but, how can we do that?
We do all have our ways to relax. Some of us run, some paint, rides a horse, reads, game etc.
I like to game or on other nights, fire some lights, make a cup tea, and play some relaxing calm music in the background while I find a blanket and a good book.
To relax in the evening isn't always enough. I've found that short breaks are smart. While at work, I make two breaks about 5 min each, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, besides the lunch of course.
I take a short walk outside getting some air; I leave the phone inside and try to avoid people.
In the IT business (and other professions) people = work. On my short walks, I don't think about work and I look at the sky rather than the ground.
When it rains I run through the rain to find some shelter in the parts of our ground where no one else is, and I try to enjoy it as much as I can. With or without music.
Remember to rise up and walk around while you work, fetch some coffee/tea/water and do work things other places than your desk. If you've had a long day just sitting there alone, go and find someone to talk to in person. In addition, texting with a friend makes wonders for your mood and it builds a good friendship when you show that you're interested in them.
Remember that if you are satisfied with where and how you work it will show in your mood. If you have the possibility to change where you sit or make a few changes to your office, do it.
You decorate your home right? Well you use almost as much time at work, so why not make it as comfortable as possible when you first have to be there. Then you can have some energy for your life when work hours is done.
You don't need to use a lot of time to do these things, and when you do it you'll feel more relaxed, satisfied and ready for when the day begin, when you come home from work to your friends and family.
Some days are just stressful. Days like today and yesterday, tomorrow and other days. Mondays all the week, we may say. You know those days when you have so much to do that you just don’t do anything. Tasks keep piling up and trying to kill you and to survive you just keep pushing them forward to your self tomorrow, and tomorrow you're going to hate your yesterday's self for doing it.
This week is full of those kind of days. How to survive?
- Focus on small tasks
- Do one thing at the time
- Make a list you can check out for every task you've done
- Text a friend, so you can think about something else
- Take breaks, coffee or maybe tea is smarter
I was sitting doing stuff in peace and suddenly a round blinking thing made a sound from the wall. The size was like a small wall clock, but instead of a clock, it had five red lights on a grey surface.
The buzzing sound came unexpectedly, and I've never heard it before. I stopped what I was doing and jumped out of the chair running to one of my colleague asking him what it was.
Him: Ah, that old thing. That’s something that always been there in this building, it's sort of a person tracker. Each light combination belongs to a person, and when the thing buzz, it blinks on some of the lights.
Me: Do we still use that??
Him: No, of course not. That technology is from like 1901 or something!
Me: So where does the signal come from?
Him: Probably from the reception. Maybe someone found the old button.
I tried to find out something about it on the internet, but I found nothing not even a picture. It's too high up on the wall for me to get a decent picture of it.
Well looks like they had their ways to find a person in a gigantic building half a century (maybe more) ago. I'm going to find that button, and I'm going to push it! A treasure hunt, how exciting!
This is the first time ever that I have forgotten it! We made the clock on Sunday and Monday morning I went to work without thinking about it.
What should I've done without my phone? I went from wintertime to summertime without noticing at all! Well done my beloved phone, for getting me to work in time.
I did however notice it when it was close to lunch.. When I looked at the analog clock on the wall, which I often look at before lunch, and today it was wrong compared to my phone.
When I asked my colleague, they just smiled at me and said, "Yes, it's summertime. How could you not notice? You should read the paper more!"