Good day at the office?

What constitutes a good day at the office? Are those things the same that make a good day?

Today it felt like I had a bad day at the office. I felt I needed to go into work on what is normally a day off. I then came home feeling like I had achieved very little or in fact somehow went backwards. Before going in I remembered that saying – ‘Efficiency is doing things the right way, effectiveness is doing the right things…’. At 5pm I neither felt I had been efficient or effective. So to me I had a bad day.

To others this may mean a ‘normal’ day or to people in other professions, simply surviving is a good day. To me it was a bad day. Why was it bad, I hear you say? Well simply put my workload did not decrease, it may have well increased.

However before going to bed I began to think actually how bad was today? Is my job at risk because of my workloads? No. Is there any immediate risk because of things I have been yet to action? No. Is my boss going to be annoyed at me or discipline me? No. So did I have a bad day or is it just in my head? Probably. Do I have a chance to catch up tomorrow? Definitely.

I think this is something we all need to do when the stresses of the rat race get to us. I know I can’t be the only person out there who takes their work too seriously.

Food for thought… Don’t take things too seriously… Unless you are a surgeon, please take all your work seriously!

Tomorrow is a new day for all of us…

elchapatano

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The Pinstriped Suit

When we have to make difficult decisions, the first thing we usually do is to go ask somebody for their opinion. The funny thing is, that what that person tells us doesn’t really help us make the decision. It just gives us an idea of that person’s perspective through the lens of their own life experience.

I recently had a big decision to make. One that would change the direction of my career. I asked friends, colleagues and mentors for their opinion on what I should do. In the end, while I received some great advice and insight, it didn’t really help me make my decision at all.

In fact it made it more difficult to make the decision because everyone else’s opinions kept adding more and more complexity to the situation.

I think the best way to make a difficult decision is to think long and hard about what…

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To blog or not to blog?

Why blog?

Why not blog is a far better question, I think. We all have voices or some mode in which we communicate so why not let our voice be heard.

Ironically then, I created this more to record my thoughts and observations rather than to share my inner most thoughts. Isn’t that what Facebook and Twitter are for?

Surprisingly then I aim for this to be humorous (maybe), personal (definitely) and more so a means to record my own meandering course of life. It will likely be regional and that will become obvious over the course of the next instalments but the topics will be undoubtedly universal.

Short and sweet for the first one but as I said at the start… Why blog? Why not?!

Elchapatano