Jun 18, 2014

The Daily Grind - My Everyday from 9 to 5 #9to5TotalSocial

9 to 5: The Daily Grind | Business, Life & Design

9 to 5 is our somewhat clichéd way to refer to work hours (if you're more of a list person, feel free to skip to the bottom).  Cliché because we don't really work 9 to 5, do we?  Maybe 8 to 5, 9 to 6, or in my case, 7 to 4, but it's 9 hours at the work place with an hour long lunch.  Taking an hour for lunch was an appalling practice that I actively rebelled against when I worked in customer service.  When you're hourly, and they tell you you have to be at work an extra hour for no pay?  Uh, no.  That S*** ain't happening.

Now it's a welcome respite.  And it also serves to break up my day.  Mornings I do what the company hired me for - maps.  I use graphic design skills to edit them, but for the most part it's staring at lots of tiny text and trying to make it searchable and about as far removed from graphic design as possible.  In the afternoons, I work with IT to do simple projects and learn, so that I can be more useful later on.

Some days I'm fine with my new career path.  Others, it's a little rough.  I miss being so absorbed in my work that I don't notice the hours flying by.  I miss not having to make myself care, because I was already so passionate about it that it was hard to tear myself away for meals or bathroom breaks.

Blogging isn't the same as graphic design, but it's very definitely a creative outlet.  And when I started making images for posts, I realized graphic design could be involved too!  Which has transformed it from a fun hobby into something irresistible that I rarely have the discipline to avoid doing while at work.

What happens if my coworkers read this?  Well, hopefully they'll take pity on me, realize that I'm aware of the problem, and working on fixing it.  And also that I don't play several rounds of ping pong every day so maybe we're somewhat even?

Here's My 9 to 5

9 Things I Do Before 9am

  1. Turn off the alarm and go back to sleep, at least once
  2. Walk the dog (supposedly - lately it's been more of a sprint outside and back in again)
  3. Say affirmations
  4. Get pretty (lately this is more in theory than in actuality)
  5. Think longingly about the nice outfits I could wear if I didn't wait until the last minute to get up
  6. Have breakfast
  7. Set up my goals/priorities for the day
  8. Blog
  9. Start working

8 Huge Time Wasters at Work

  1. Blogging and all blog related activities
  2. Email
  3. Feedly
  4. Reddit
  5. Personal errands and research
  6. Social media
  7. Ridiculous theoretical conversations with coworkers
  8. Organizing and optimizing excessively even when there's nothing left to organize

7 Things I Love About My Job

  1. Coworkers - they're all really nice and considerate
  2. Size - there's only 15 of us so it's very tight-knit and close
  3. Learning new things - some self taught and some on-the-job training
  4. Values - our boss really cares about us and does everything he can to take care of us
  5. Culture - it's very relaxed; we all wear jeans, people swear and joke, and no one gets offended
  6. Feeling intelligent - when I get to learn or explain what we do to someone else; graphic design is awesome but it doesn't use your brain the same way as learning programming
  7. Security - it's like a safe, little bubble with none of the uncertainty of freelancing and none of the chaos of my last job (where they ended up firing the entire marketing department)

6 Ways I'm Trying to Improve My Work Performance

  1. Make my social media and personal sites inaccessible at work
  2. Stop writing posts during work hours (if I don't muster up the willpower I might have to block myself)
  3. Find supplementary classes to take to accelerate my learning curve and also increase my interest in my work
  4. Adhere to a stricter personal schedule (sleep and morning routine/getting to work on time)
  5. As well as a more segmented work day (10 minutes for "organizing," 4 hours for mapping, 1 hour for lunch, 4 hours for coding - you get the idea)
  6. Use affirmations to improve my overall discipline (among other things)

5 Affirmations I Have Taped to the Bathroom Mirror

  1. I am a happy person.
  2. I am in control of my mental attitude and focus on positive thinking.
  3. I have the willpower and discipline to follow through with my goals.
  4. I complete my tasks even when I don’t feel like it, because I know it will make me feel better tomorrow.
  5. I will be happy with what I’ve achieved today and try to achieve even more tomorrow.

So that's my 9 to 5.  Is it exactly what I want it to be?  No.  And part of that can be attributed to the curves that life has thrown at me, but a bigger part of it is myself.  I read this amazing post from Arkansassy a little while ago.  The gist: the attributes that you put more time and effort into are the ones that grow and dominate your personality.

I know my current situation is pretty damn good, and I know I should be getting more out of it.  So the wolf I'm going to feed (go read her post for the reference story - it's amazing, I swear!) is the one that has will power and discipline.  I think those are the biggest tools that I'll ever need to improve the other areas.

And now... I'm going to go get some work done.

Linking up with Helene in Between and Venus Trapped in Mars for Total Social.

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What things do you like or dislike abut your daily schedule?  What would you change, if you could?

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