Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I was having some trouble thinking of a blog post for this week.
Mainly because I wanted to be able to write something other than "Today I had a bad day and hurt myself"
Unfortunately when I look back on this week, the only thing I seem to have accomplished is acquiring a new bruise each day.
And I refuse to make an entire blog about how klutzy I am (although I'm fairly certain I would never run out of content if I did).
So instead I'm going to give you a little break from your regularly scheduled work day to try and imagine what it's lifework as a bander on a lobster boat for the day.
It's very easy to simulate, and then you will know exactly how I feel one week a year.
Since your not really doing any thing productive at the moment (come on, you're reading my blog.. I know you have more important things to do) you can start right now.
First, find your heat source to your office, and shut it off.
Spin in your chair till slightly nauseous.
Know that if you are going to throw up, your only choice is your own work space. Getting up to go throw up in an appropriate place, will only put you life in danger.
(Noah saved me my first year by pretty much picking me up as I was leaning over the side and putting me back in my safe little "zone" where traps would not knock me over as they flew off the boat.)
Now splash a little salt water on you face.
Now remove two screws from the bottom of your office chair to simulate rouge waves.
Throw some more salt water on your face.
(It's actually surprisingly refreshing the first time, plus the salt water gives you that sexy beach hair -you just can't see it under your fish gutsy toque hair.)
In fact, ask a co-worker to just randomly throw water at you during the day, no rhyme or reason.
Also ask them to attack you with a stapler if you get tired. (That is the worst part, just when you think you've got the hang of things a lobster nabs you with their little bastard claws)
Now that you're in the spirit of things, time to get to work.
Pick a random mundane tedious job, make sure it involves contorting your body in some way.
Lets say you choose to pick the staples out of paper.
Place the stapled sheets on the left side of your chair... twist towards them, pick them out, place in basket on right side of chair... repeat.
As fast as possible.
Ask that helpful co-worker to keep throwing more stapled sheets on top of your pile. (He's not really doing anything that important either.)
The proper ratio is 2 to 3 sheets in for every one sheet out, just enough to make you feel like it is all helpless and it will never stop.
Keep going for about 12 hours or so.
(See previous blog about lobstering if you feel like you need a bathroom break…)
Now at the end of your day, just when you feel like you are about to pass out from exhaustion, take all of the un-stapled papers, and start filing them away.
As fast as possible.
You can't go home until they are all filed.
File them into 100 pound boxes, then drag them around for awhile.
Once you get the hang of how things are going, turn the lights off and continue in the dark. (Be sure to get your co-worker to attack you a few more times with the stapler, as this is extremely helpful at keeping you awake.)
Now go home, and go to bed for four hours, and get back up and do it all again.
If you can keep this up for a week straight, you will receive amazing benefits, toned arms from all the lifting, sore hands an aching back and best of all a new found appreciation for your actual job.
4 years ago