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How you find your way round your workplace very much depends on you as a working person!

If you are just some pot plant standing around and waiting for someone to tell you what to do, then you’ll probably be just fine.

If you are one of those slimy people who permanently tell their bosses HOW MUCH work they have done in only half a month (like fill in some forms, answer about 9 emails and send out 2 letters of request), you might be alright, as well.

If you are, however, one of those people who like taking on responsibility, are not afraid of thinking for themselves and actually take their job extremely seriously, you are, FOR SURE, having a hard time!

A hard time fighting ignorance and stupidity! A hard time dealing with “colleagues” who may, for some reason unknown and unclear to you, have a position higher than yours even though they should be the ones bringing you coffee! And a hard time because most of the time you seem to be working for nothing, even though you know that without you your workplace would be way more of a mess than it is anyways!

First of all, a big THANK YOU to all the people out there visiting and hopefully appreciating my website! At the same time I’d like to apologize for being a little lazy lately. It’s high time I shared my life with you again! :-)

Talking about life, I’m not sure whether you actually know what I do. I am a teacher of English and German currently working at the University of Klagenfurt where I mainly do research in the field of English standards testing.

I love my job but I miss being among a bunch of kids showing them what learning languages is really all about!

Do you know that feeling? It’s Sunday evening and you are full of Monday’s resolutions. You are pushing millions of thoughts around. If your neural system was a bunch of people a hell of a party would be going on up there. First of all, you swear to quit eating so much late at night. No more sandwiches, no more chips and, of course, no more chocolate. You are 26 years old (in my case, at least ;-) ) and you can already see the traces all that crap is leaving on your body which is definitely not OK. You also tell yourself you’ll be going to the gym first thing in the morning, every single day! Oh, and there is this thing at work you would like to do but usually don’t have time to because a whole lot of other things are constantly crossing your way! Next thing on your list: Get down to do all the “I-finally-have-to-take-care-of-that-at-work-thing” things that have been piling up over a couple of months (years???).

It feels great, doesn’t it? All the motivation and enthusiasm you are filled up with at that very moment. It’s good to fall asleep knowing what is awaiting you the next day! A world of changes!

The alarm is ringing. Of course, you confuse it with some weird noise messing with your dream and you wonder why Mister Right is wearing a clock on his head. Oh, right! Alarm! Wake up! You hit the button to shut that thing up. It’s 5.40 in the morning. The “first-thing-in-the-morning” gym opens up at 6. You should get going if you want to be able to do that before you have to go to work. By the way, why is it so dark outside? Oh, right! It’s winter and the sun won’t come up for another one and a half hours. Your man is snuggling up in this great big blanket, which offers so much more safety than the cold and nasty weather outside. Maybe you should go to the gym right after work, before lunch. So, you sleep in a little. You are five minutes late at work but that’s OK since you stayed a little longer on Friday anyway. There it is! That pile of “hasn’t-been-touched-yet” work. You are all ready but then your colleague tells you to do this and that, your boss comes in and has a thousand questions, and all those phone calls to answer. It’s noon. You have been satisfying other people’s needs all morning long without ever being able to deal with your stuff! Of course, you don’t go to the gym at noon either because you got PMS. The afternoon passes by without anything worth mentioning. At night, your boyfriend makes dinner. Now guess, what are you going to get? Since it’s cold and unfriendly outside a bowl of muesli won’t do for sure. Toast bread, scrambled eggs and a couple of mini sandwiches – that’s what you get! Yummy!, but not even close to Monday’s resolutions. When he goes to get some chocolate (it’s December, no wonder people have got chocolate at home around holiday time) you finally give in!

Maybe it would be better to start tomorrow. So you go to bed with a great deal of Tuesday’s resolutions spinning in your head!

All I can say is Good Luck! Or, don’t take life so seriously! You won’t get out alive anyway! ;-)

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