October 10, 2006

Would You Rather: Spinning Wheels

Tuesday is “on a Monday schedule” here at the university, because of Columbus Day (which I hope you all enjoyed). So “Would You Rather” is happenin’ today instead of yesterday. Whee!

This “Would You Rather” is work-related.

Would You Rather

  • Spend all day in a boring meeting, during which you must seem interested
  • Spend all day doing semi-pointless busywork

Choose wisely!

Posted by James at October 10, 2006 1:36 PM
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I choose: "Spend all day doing semi-pointless busywork

Pretending to be interested in the topic at hand during a long and boring meeting requires effort--I know from much experience.

Posted by: Patti M. at October 10, 2006 2:00 PM

Busywork. Even if it's *completely* pointless.

If you had thrown in a Britney Spears clause, or a dentist bib, that might complicate matters, but as you describe the options, I'd go with pointless busywork, which can be zenlike and meditative.

I remember many long days, early in my career, when my entire day's work was scotch-taping new flowcharts into our old manuals and then taking them to the copier lady.

I spent those days imagining the future and yearning for greater challenges. Now I feel nostalgic about those days, when I was grossly overpaid to waste office supplies and dream.

Posted by: Julie at October 10, 2006 2:32 PM

Busywork... The time seems to go by much more quickly. Then I could get home to my family :)

Posted by: Hooligan at October 10, 2006 2:46 PM

...or go for a beer...

Posted by: Patti M. at October 10, 2006 2:59 PM

Busywork -- absolutely. I think we all like having our brains to ourselves!

Posted by: Maggie at October 10, 2006 3:13 PM

bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzy work

Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at October 10, 2006 4:21 PM

No question. Biz-E-Werk. No way could I feign interest for a whole day. I'd end up in trouble for some mischief or other.

Posted by: briwei at October 10, 2006 6:42 PM

I'm with everyone else. busy work.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at October 11, 2006 8:22 AM

I guess we all hate meetings.

This reminds me of my favorite "Demotivator" poster:

"Meetings. None Of Us Is As Dumb As All Of Us."

Posted by: James at October 11, 2006 8:26 AM

That Demotivator poster hangs proudly in the office of a colleague.

Posted by: Patti M. at October 11, 2006 9:07 AM

Meeting, you can bring a laptop, pretend to take notes and every so often look perplexed and say "Um, no, forget it, it's not that important."

Posted by: Derek at October 11, 2006 11:06 AM

Definitely busywork. I can't keep my eyes open when I'm bored silly for long periods of times. And when they are open I'm plagued with streams of what my sister and I used to call "tired tears". I cannot hide boredom.

Posted by: sarah at October 11, 2006 1:33 PM

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