Dredging Up Time at the Desk

Coming out of college (and being a millennial apparently, though I’ve never tried being of any other generation), I enjoy working at home. Often that means working for sporadic spurts of time, taking breaks to clear the mind with other activities. clarkeTo me it also means focusing in a comfortable place. Also, possibly most important, it means being able to feed myself without succumbing to the random assortment of snacks that I hunt from the workplace cafeteria. I was never the kind to hangout at the Knight Library.

As such, it was a little difficult getting used to the time spent in a cubicle at my newspaper. Rather than working when I feel like it (which, admittedly, can bite me sometimes), I’m tied to a sequence of hours where I have to be on. I think the Internet has given my generation a collective ADD, and it’s difficult for me to sit from 9-5 hellbent on my tasks the entire time, instead of periodically working on them all day into the night, when inspiration strikes me.

But I’ve found that adapting my personal production process to my employer’s status quo is important, even though adhering to the standard work day can be a drag. Ideally, I’d like to enjoy myself whenever I’m working, but after even four stationary hours those feelings of tedium seem to rise up from the floor through those carpet-lined cubicles to make work feel like, you know, work. Like upholstering a chair instead of doing something fun. And that can be a turnoff. But sometimes the chair looks nice when you’re done, and that can be more important than having fun doing the task itself.

– Kevin Trevellyan

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5 Responses to Dredging Up Time at the Desk

  1. Kevin, you are right, it can be really difficult and not super fun adjusting to new rules and a new schedule. However, I totally agree with the fact that it’s a really rewarding experience when you’re done with the day and you know that you worked hard. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the great work!

  2. pdxsx says:

    I don’t know that it is just a Millennial thing, but most people have a tough time being constantly “on” sitting in a cube farm. It’s important to find a reason to get up and move about every hour, if nothing else, it keeps your muscles from cramping.

  3. Amy Hogan says:

    It is definitely a big adjustment from the work we were used to doing in college. Try taking a walk during your lunch break if you can. It’s nice to get some fresh air and get the blood moving back into your legs!

  4. darlenef1 says:

    I agree, Kevin. Staying focused in a stationary position for a long period of time is difficult! I always try to walk around and stretch or even take a quick snack break when I feel antsy. So when I come back to my project, my brain is ready to focus again. Keep up the great work, Kevin!

  5. rebecca says:

    I feel the same way, but I also find that I get a lot more work done when I have to actually be at an office rather than working from home. It’s so much easier to get distracted at home, and there isn’t anyone who will care if I’m on Facebook or wasting time. Also, at the office I can ask questions more easily, without feeling like I’m bothering my boss/coworker with an email. But I feel you on the snack issue — I can see why people with office jobs tend to gain weight, I’ve been living on muffins and cookies from the coffee shops near the office. 🙂

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