The Six Phases of Work
You are listening to jazz — Your first day at work is great. Your coworkers are wonderful, your cubicle is cute, and your boss is the best!
You are listening to pop music — After a while you are so busy that you are not sure if you’re coming or going anymore.
You are listening to heavy metal — This is what you feel like at month’s end.
You are listening to hip hop — You become bloated due to stress, feel sluggish and suffer from constipation. Your coworkers are too cheerful for your liking and the walls of your cubicle are closing in. You have started thinking ‘whatever!‘ about your boss.
You are listening to gangsta rap — After more time passes, your eyes start to twitch, you forget what a ‘good hair day’ feels like as you just fall out of bed and load up on caffeine.
You are listening to the voices in your head — You have built a makeshift door on your cubicle to keep people out, You have a dartboard with your bosses picture on it in your cube, You wonder why you are even here in the first place!
And in more personal news . . . . .
I’ve been spending the last week or so taking out the old computer at home, putting in a new one, reinstalling old programs and drivers, installing some new programs and drivers, transferring files, and getting the computer desk here at home rearranged.
One new site I’ve found is Just Creative Design, which is about graphic design but also about how to actually use the tools that are out there for websites and how to build a workflow. A List Apart is another very handy and awesome site I found a while back. Between typography and layout information from JCD and page-building and site-building advice from ALA, I’ve got a lot of good information which my stubbornly thick skull is slowly absorbing.
Currently I’m trying to figure out how to better archive and update the files for a couple of sites that I (very haphazardly) administrate, but some of the tools I’ve been finding have not worked as well as hoped. Argh.
We’re done with fall seeding here, and the weather is starting to turn cool. While harvest didn’t go as well as we could have hoped (we had enough rain for a great crop, but crop stand and sawfly problems reduced it to an average crop) and neither did seeding (we got into fields about 2 weeks behind our normal schedule because of intermittent rains in early September, were very rushed for time, and still didn’t seed everything we might have if we could’ve started earlier), we did get everything done. That isn’t true for a lot of farmers in this part of Montana. Due to a cold wet spring, most farmers saw their crops come up and mature later than usual. Some farmers didn’t get everything harvested before the spat of rain in early September, and when the fields waiting to be harvested dried out it was time to seed the fallow fields. There’s a lot of wheat all around Montana that might never get harvested this year. There might be similar problems in other states too — there was a lot of late planting and replanting this spring in corn country because of cold wet weather.
For everyone who reads this, I hope all is well for you and that you are looking forward to a pleasant fall and holiday season. Cheers!
Note: Also cross-posted on my MySpace blog with an additional note to one of my friends there.