Improve my Attitude About Work

I am committed to improve my attitude about work.

I’m not there yet – it’ll be an evolution for sure. And it’s difficult when every workday is a nonstop frustration.

You see, everyday I’m getting double-booked and triple-booked for meetings. I have to choose to attend the most important one, and while I’m trying to pay attention, I’m getting IM’d (receiving instant messages) regarding the meetings I’m missing. This happens all day long.

And let me tell you, this IM feature at work has been the worst invention of all time. You end-up having to write back immediately because you know the person at the other end is wanting that information on the spot. Otherwise, they would’ve sent an email. And I do have difficulty responding to all my emails everyday because they pile-up so quickly, and I’m usually also juggling meetings and IMs so the emails become lower-priority on my daily to-do list.

Also, the meeting situation is out of control. I already mentioned the double-bookings and the triple-bookings… but also, every meeting ends-up running late, which makes me late to my next meeting, and I do hate being late.

And since I’m in back-to-back meetings all day, I do end-up having to multi-task and squeeze-in some actual work on top of 1) participating in non-stop meetings; and 2) replying back to all the IMs.

But I do intend to change my attitude about this. Not sure how yet, but this will probably be my life for the next 20+ years and I don’t want to miserable for all those years.

I’ll probably try to post more about how I’m evolving regarding this attitude-change. Or post more about how to survive this type of work lifestyle. I’m not sure, but I think sharing what I’ve learned will be a huge part of my catharsis. Hope it doesn’t bore you all too much!

2 Replies to “Improve my Attitude About Work”

  1. This is a very real down side of remote work. When we were all onsite, there were limited meeting spaces, so fewer meetings could take place simultaneously. And, people understand that a person can only be physically in one room at once. I am not sure why this courtesy is not extended for online meetings, but it should be. I’m interested to know how you work it out and get a grasp on the unrealistic demand!

    1. You’re right. Alot of courtesies no longer exist with the remote work – booking overlapping meetings being one of them, but also not interrupting during meetings (I get a ridiculous amount of IMs during meetings even though my status clearly says “In a Meeting”. Also, the courtesies about start/end times no longer exist. It’s not odd anymore for people to try to reach me now at 7pm or later or on the weekends. It’s out of control…

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