Anyone familiar with my usual work habits will find this shocking, but I have been working my ass off for the past week and a half, and there is no end in sight. What caught me off guard is that it coincided with a rather large pay increase, and as far as I've always been told, the amount of work one has to do is supposed to be inversely proportional to the amount of money they make. Unfortunately for me, it's like someone told my entire company and all of our clients that I was now expected to work harder to earn my new salary, and everyone has been more than happy to do their part. At one point this morning I actually had to shut the door to my office for an hour just so I could get through some crucial stuff. I can promise you that any friends or former coworkers who just read that last sentence are shocked and appalled.
So it's been over a week of this level of work and I've started to evaluate the pros and cons...
- Much less time to surf the my favourite sites on the web
- Absolutely no time to run personal errands etc. (I want a new watch and haven't had time to run downstairs and get one)
- I actually (as in literally) want to beat people who ask me stupid questions that waste my time, instead of just rolling my eyes at their ignorance and moving along with my day
- During the first week I would literally wake up in the middle of the night thinking about things I had to get done the next day
- I no longer feel guilty every time I'm handed my pay stub
- Similarly, when I lecture my staff about productivity, I no longer feel like a massive hypocrite
- The day literally flies by -- what do you MEAN it's 4pm already?
- I still find the time to respond to silly email chains between groups of friends
So that's about it -- random musings on attempting to develop a proper work ethic, but also some kind of explanation for why I may go for a couple of days at a time without a post here. Let's hope it's just a phase.