Stage 1: The Euphoria
You’re so happy, practically ecstatic at all your free time. The things you can do with all this time on your hands! *summersaults*
Stage 2: The Ego
You are the ONLY one without work on the entire floor, you must be pretty damn awesome to finish so quickly. You MUST be the smartest one in the office. Of course you are. *pats own back*
Stage 3: The Doubt
But wait, why are you the only one without work on the entire floor?! Does everyone know about a deadline that you don’t? Did the boss assign more tasks to them because she trusts them more? Or worse, did the boss give you less to do because she knew you wouldn’t be able to handle it?!
Stage 4: The Paranoia
You must be the stupidest person here! You are the only one without anything, ANYTHING, to do! Nobody wants to entrust you with work for fear that you’ll eff it up. You know that you suck, you know that you will never amount to anything.
Stage 5: The Panic
You’re getting fired today, you just know it. This is the day. Every time the phone rings you jump a little in your chair. You’ve never not had a job before. What are you going to do? You start thinking of back up plans. Could you be a barista at Starbucks again? How are you going to feed your dog?! Dog food costs more than your phone bills! HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SURVIVE?!
Stage 6: The Optimism
Maybe this a sign to follow your dreams! Maybe this is karma telling you to go backpacking in Iceland and then return to civilization to become a rockstar! That’s it! You quit! You’re quitting before they let you go. NOBODY fires YOU!
Stage 7: The Disappointment
You just got an email from your boss. You’re in charge of the new team project! Woohoo! ….wait. This is a LOT of work. You’re going to have to spend a lot of time on this. Oh dear god. Today’s going to be an all-nighter. One of many to come. Sigh.
I make little eraser buddies when I’m bored at work. What do you do?
I think even little eraser buddies might be more productive at work than some of my coworkers.
Bahahahahaa! Now that I’m looking around, I think that’s the case with some of mine as well. I just watched my coworker stare at the same email for four hours straight (which also gives you an insight into the piles of work I have)
Mine usually skips from Euphoria to Disappointment. Uggh.
I feel your pain bitter Ben!
Now this is hilarious! I always have work to do at work but may probably go through severe boredom if I’m confronted with this scenario. Love this. 😀
severe boredom doesn’t even begin to describe it. I’m now training myself to sleep with my eyes open 😀
You’re too funny!
I watch the birds outside my window and wish I was one. .. 🐦🐥🐝🐞
I don’t understand not having anything to do at work, however I do clearly understand OT every week. Boooo! 😢
Wow, that must be rough. But hey, better have work than not right? I’m constantly living in the fear of being fired, I don’t know why :I
I love the eraser buddy….I’m going to have to create a few.
Yeah! Send me pictures! This is going to be the new international workplace phenomenon!
You missed the wistfulness. “I’m bored. I wish I had something to do.”
Oh yeah! My friend snaps me with a rubber band everytime I say I wish I had something to do
I often bring my writing to work for when things get slow. Got a lot of writing done that way. 😉 Other times I look at the newspaper or do a crossword. There’s an art to staying busy at work when there’s nothing to do.
That’s an excellent idea! I should just write at work, this way I look busy and don’t get lost in a flury of paranoia 🙂
Exactly! Back when I was a bank teller I used to write on the backs of deposit slips when I had nothing to do.
Hay babes,haven’t been blogging but just wanted to let you know Alfie AKA Gaylord suddenly died. I hope you are well and miss you xxxx
Woah. I’m so sorry, Stella. *Big hugs*
I miss you too!
I make robots on my excel sheet by coloring the tabs 😂
Lol this post is perfection!
Apparently you come up with terrific blog posts too!! 😉
I doodle… 😀
I go through this entire cycle every day. Sometimes several times a day.
Haha! You are a very strong person
That eraser buddy looks sooo good. You have a talent there. The only thing I have ever done with an eraser is misplaced and lost it.
Bahahaa! I have no friends at work, he’s pretty much all i’ve got