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Monday, January 23, 2012

12 Things I do when there is Absolutely, Unequivocally Nothing left to do at Work!

NOTE: All this extra fun amounts to a mere fraction of my day. This post is really just for fun and is in no way meant to slander my work place that has been so wonderful to me.


So, the new job is going really well. I enjoy the proofing above anything else, but there are times when I have absolutely nothing to do for a few minutes at a time. This means that there are no proofs currently available for me to proof, I have done all the side work that I know of, and I have asked if there is anything extra I can do and no one has yet to give me anything.

Suffice to say, I get a little creative (or not) about filling my limited empty time.

1. Check my blog. (Obviously.)
2. Check my Etsy store.
3. Control myself when I want to check Facebook. Facebook is just a no-no at work for me. (Although, I will admit, I've gone on to grab something for my Etsy store or to add a new link and have randomly checked my notifications, but I try not to stay on it.)
4. (One of my personal favorites...) Peel tape off my desk. I can't even begin to try and explain why there is so much tape stuck to my desk. The previous owners must have been tape hounds or maybe they just plastered the desk in photos or wrapping paper. (I really have not found a use for tape anywhere in this office so I can't think of any better explainations.)
5. Apply lip gloss (All the time! lol.) I am addicted to chapstick/lipgloss so there is usually always one on or around me. Like my purse most often. But now I have one on my desk and I apply it a ridiculous amount of times during the work day. (Pathetic, I KNOW!)
6. Organize my desk. As I look around, at this very moment, not much is out of place. Some may think that I am severly compulsive. (Maybe a bit, but it's not a chronic condition.) The truth is, I just use my extra time to straighten things here and there. Ergo, I straighten them. I have the best looking desk in the office. (NOTE: Most likely, the person with the best looking desk, has the most extra time on their hands. Also NOTE: By the second week, my deask was a disaster zone!)
7. Clean my desk. I've never had much of an affinity for cleaning. Like, none at all! Yet, I find myself cleaning like a maniac! I even have a drawer full of these little wet wipes (AMAZING!) that I use every week to remove the dust and ink stains on my prestinely white desk. (That is the main part of the problem, really. My desk is white, so every pencil mark, ink mark, marker mark, finger mark, skid marks from the keyboard or mouse, speck of dust, et cetera, show up.)
8. Chat it up. Not only with you lovely people, but people in the office. I am getting to know all of them pretty well. I like almost all of them and the others I don't necessarily not like, but rather don't know very well. Sometimes, it's so quiet, I just crave hearing someone talk or even walk by my door.
9. Write notes. I like writing notes, but now I find myself doing it for just about everything. It's ridiculous. The amount of sticky notes now living in my agenda book, on my cork board, and on random things on my desk would put the Post-It note office to shame!
10. Collect paper clips off the floor. Another completely primitive goal. As opposed to tape, paper clips actually play a very important role around the office. It's rare that a proof doesn't come to me with at least one paper clip, let alone three or four, mildly secured around the pieces of paper. So, it stands to reason that I would find tons on the floor. So, I pick them up and store them in my little paper clip organizer. They are all stored by color and size. (Honestly though, some just make it to the trash.)
11. Use different colored pens to perform different tasks. I now have a pen for almost everything. One for keeping track of my time scedule, one for taking down notes, one for proofing, one for making final proofing notes for the artists, one for my agenda book, and one for when I'm angry! (The angry one is RED!)
12. I make posts like this.
Well, it is probably time to do the rounds again and ask anyone and everyone if they need help with something.
I just love to be productive in any way possible. Even if it means cleaning, picking, peeling, or moisturizing. :)

What do you find entertains you during those minutes in the day when there is nothing left to do? Could be at work, at home, at school, et cetera. Share your random thoughts with me.


NOTE: All this extra fun amounts to a mere fraction of my day. This post is really just for fun and is in no way meant to slander my work place that has been so wonderful to me.


  1. You are such a cooll and diligent person. I can relate to the cleaning and organizing desk. I hate messy workplaces; I used to go into work at the fuel center (before my time at CMU) and clean the mess from the previous worker. And I can especially relate to the tape-peeling. Something about pulling that tape is liberating and sometimes it's difficult!

    1. Thanks! Yep, that's me...The Diligent Tape Peeler! lol

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