Archive for August, 2007

10 Things You Like About Your Job

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

To make us all feel a little better after last week’s topic…

1) Travel - although travel can suck sometimes, my work brings me to places I’d never think about traveling to, and I meet people from all over the country

2) The people - true, there are some people I don’t get along with, but as a whole, I’ve got some great coworkers, some I’d even keep in touch with long after I leave this job

3) Not boring - I’m always working with different clients, in different place, on different projects. There’s always something new and I’m not doing the same thing every day

4) Enhancing my people skills - I work with people all the time - clients and my coworkers. It really has helped me confidence with public speaking and talking with people

5) Networking - I’m working with people from all kinds of companies - retail, financial, academic, government. I’ve got a pretty good understanding of these industries and have made some great contacts

6) Free Internet! Since I work from home, my job pays for my internet, printer ink and paper and cell phone. Just like food, it always tastes better when it’s free!

7) Using my brain - there’s a lot of problem solving involved with my job, so my brain gets a pretty good workout every day

8) Vacation days - since I’ve been here for 10 years, I get 5 weeks of vacation, which is pretty sweet.

9) Frequent Flier Miles - since I travel (or used to) all the time, I’ve racked up a ton of frequent flier miles. One day, I’ll use them to go to Europe!

10) Working from home - I can do laundry during a break, make my own lunch, and get up and work in my pajamas. There’s a lot of perks to working from home!

Next week: 10 Things You’d Save in a Fire

10 Things You Don’t Like About Your Job

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

One of my favorite hobbies is complaining about work! This list is EASY!

And remember, even being a stay at home parent is a job!

1) At least 60 emails a day to sort through
2) I need to account for every hour I’m working, and I have quotas on how much work should be billed to a client
3) I don’t see my coworkers every day, so it can be lonely working at home
4) Traveling for business, though it does have its perks, usually sucks
5) Dealing with red tape to get things done
6) Creating documentation. I write writing documents for clients to read. I’m not a great technical writer. I could write a wonderful book of fiction, but suck at writing anything business related.
7) Working with people I don’t get along with
8) Being expected to check my email and work in my off hours and on weekends
9) It takes FOREVER for me to enter my expenses, there’s a lot of things to document for each receipt
10) Being someone who works away from the main offices, I don’t get cake when they celebrate birthdays or bagels when we have company meetings

…and just so I don’t end up quitting after writing all my issues about work, let’s turn it around next week:
Next week: 10 Things I Like About My Job

10 Interesting Websites You’d Like to Share

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

I love to surf the web, and often I find little gems that I love going back to….here’s a list of quirky favorites:

1) The Hollywood Stock Exchange - Buy and sell stock for upcoming movies and celebrities. It’s a lot of fun once you get the hang of it. It’s all play money, of course…

2) Fark - Weird, interesting news tidbits can be found here…

3) Yahoo! Answers - If ever I’m curious about something, I’ll search for it first on Yahoo! answers. If I don’t find what I’m looking for, I’ll just ask the question for other people to answer. You’ll usually get a good answer, since users get points for getting the best answer to a question…

5) MySpace hopping - Everyone knows about myspace, but something I do when I’m bored or procrastinating is looking at semi-celebrity myspace pages and checking out who their friends are. It’s interesting to see who puts who on their top friends lists. If you’re interested in checking it out, you can start off with a Real World celebrity, or maybe Dancing with the Stars

6) Yelp - A great review site. Since I travel a lot, I’m always curious about the great places to eat and shop in a city.

7) Cupcake Bakeshop - I have yet to make a cupcake recipe from here (all my cupcakes from mixes) but I just love to go here and drool at the pictures

8) dafont.com - I love fonts. I’m a font freak. Dafont is the first place I go to when I’m looking for fonts.

9) The Superficial - I admit it. As much as I try not to, I love celebrity gossip. The Superficial feeds my guilty pleasure, and I love the commentary there.

10) Yeti Sports - Many hours were wasted at work with coworkers trying to get the high score. The games here are fun and suck all your time away!

Next week: 10 Things You Don’t Like About Your Job