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Office Adventure: Getting A New Work Computer

21 Dec

Office Adventure: Getting  A New Work Computer

Getting a new work computer is a confusing experience

On one hand its seems like it should be a fun thing. Who doesn’t like new computers? They’re all shiny, and fast, and all those other things that make getting a new personal computer exciting. You may even get a new monitor, flat screen or widescreen if you’re lucky, and it’ll arrive at your desk in boxes. Getting something in a box is fun. It means it’s cool and new and you’re the lucky person who gets the opportunity to start slowly deteriorating its pristine condition.

However, despite all these semi-cool factors, in reality getting a new work computer is less than thrilling. For one, you don’t actually get to do anything cool with your work computer. Turns out when you get a computer at work, you’re expected to do work on it. Also, the only thing really affected by that fresh new speediness is the load times of your various Excel spreadsheets and Access databases. And now you  no longer get to throw out the excuse that it’ll take you longer to do something because you have a slow, old computer.

So, getting the optimum happiness out of a new work computer depends on finding a balance between the good and bad, and finding small joys in the overall lameness of the situation.

For one, if you get updated to a new version of MS Office, that opens you up to a whole smorgasbord of new fonts and animations to use on PowerPoint slides. Ooooh!

Also, new computer usually means new keyboard, which means you finally get to rid yourself of that damn, sticky “N” key that came about when your gummi-snack got wedged between the “N” and the spacebar.

In addition, you may be able to finagle a new mouse or keyboard pad out of the situation. Maybe even one with an ergonomic lump on it. Fancy!

So next time you’re due for an upgrade, embrace it with lukewarm excitement, bask in the small things, and be amazed as your mood marginally improves!

Office Adventure: Explore the Office Supply Closet

15 Nov

At some point during the work day time comes to a stand-still and we find ourselves entrapped in a state of utter brain-deadness. This phenomena has been given many names such as, “hitting a wall” “running out of steam” or “that 2:30 feeling”. Luckily there’s a few options for combating this dreaded slump including :

1) grab a 5 Hour Energy(TM)
2)crawl under your desk and take a nap* 
3) go on an Office Adventure

In my opion, Office Adventures are the most beneficial pick-me-up because they’re free and you can often look semi-productive while doing them.

Today’s Office Adventure is Exploring the Office Supply Closet/Cabinet/Drawer. Supply closets are one of the least appreciated yet (sadly) most entertaining places to visit in the office. In fact, they can become virtual treasure troves of obscure and entertaining items, especially if the office aid is given liberal access to the supply catalog and budget.

Some of my favorite Desk Treasures have included: a FULL set of scented markers (I decided not to be greedy and only took Chocolate), a leather-bound day planner (which I stopped using after 2 weeks when I realized Outlook was performing the same job for me, only better), and a rubber finger page turner thingy (which I’ve never used since 95% of my “paperwork” is digital, but still).

Even if you can’t find any Desk Treasures, you should at least be able to scrounge up a pack of neon post-its or two. I don’t know about you, but a fresh pack of post-its always brightens my day. Sometimes achieving cubicle happiness is about enjoying the small things. The very small things.

And Remember, highlighting a document in green has been proven to be at least 75% more entertaining than highlighting a document in yellow.

*Note: I’m not exaggerating on this one, I know someone who does this. He’s got a blanket and pillow under his desk and everything, so it IS a viable option.