homeplaceofthefuture daily log 5249
It's that time again - the annual office Christmas Party! This is no typical office Christmas Party, it's a party just for you, in your pajamas and in your home office (whether you an office or just use the kitchen table). Drinks start flowing at 11 AM EST and trust me, you'll be in no shape to get the mail or even sign for any Christmas packages today. Just stay in your home, clean up the DVR and enjoy a nice holiday beverage with your favorite person, you!
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4905
Whether or not you like someone you always, ALWAYS start an email or conversation in early January with Happy New Year. Awkward - Check! Tradition - Check! Do I really care if they have a Happy New Year, I leave that to you......
In my 4905 (give or take a few thousand) days of working from home and dealing with emails & calls, I've never experienced so many emails and calls that don't begin with this customary greeting. Is it a sign of the times? Are we tired of Donald Trump? Do people hate their lives & careers that much that they cannot change the typical "what's up" or "Hey Dummy" with a simple "Happy New Year"?
I'm sensing a trend and I don't like it. The New Year is our once a year chance to get a clean slate via a fresh calendar year. We get chances all year, but if you are a perfectionist like me, this is it - the big show!
It's a good thing I work from home because things like this have a tendency to make me bitter and say a few choice words that would normally land you in HR's office. Case in point I got an email from Scrooge (an unnamed client) on January 3 (no joke) and simply said this:
I died a little bit when I read that. status? Seriously you sat around the entire holiday season waiting to email me with one word, status?
I've got a status for you, but first it's time for lunch!
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4898
Well you made it...another year. Congratulations.
If you're like the 95% of the working world that doesn't like their job than January 2 is the most depressing day of the year. Think about it....really think about it. When is your next scheduled day off? The homeplaceofthefuture and the workplaceofthepast (my old gig) doesn't care about civil rights, president's birthday parties and even the resurrection of our Lord - the homeplaceofthefuture's next scheduled day off is Memorial Day!
I hope your holiday time off was nice because that restful feeling along with the warm fuzzies has to last most of us until May 27 (145 days to go!)
What does this mean for the virtual worker? If anything it's a time to get that home office cleaned and organized because you are going to be there for awhile. I tend to use the holidays as part of my bi-annual cleaning marathon where I declutter, disinfect and lay out a fresh bowl of candy in preparation for the busy season until the summer.
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4887
The homeplaceofthefuture office Christmas Party 2018 was a success!
I wore my best hoodie, didn't talk about politics (real or office) and I had my favorite local pizza and craft beer while working on a 6000 piece lego set of Hogwarts.
Merry Christmas everyone!
homeplaceofthefuture daily log 4885
Oh those office Christmas parties! Big budgets, dress clothes, valet parking, memories that are soon forgotten in the drunken Uber ride home and what about those horrible photos of your colleagues & yourself drunk! I don't miss them at all, but a free (or not free) date night on the town is something Mrs. homeplaceofthefuture would thoroughly enjoy now that I'm 100% hermit.
If you're hip, you know that the homeplaceofthefuture Christmas parties are off the hook! In preparation for the big day, we raked leaves and cleaned out perishable items from the refrigerator today - all in the name of getting ready for the big day.
What constitutes a big day for the homeplaceofthefuture Christmas party?
It's a private event of one where the Christmas music is playing, my favorite sandwich is on the kitchen counter, my Microsoft Outlook is "disabled" and there is day drinking. A private event such as this shouldn't be confused with other private events throughout the year because this private event includes Christmas music and most likely I'll be wearing a shirt.
Sounds glamorous right?
Well the emails are still coming in, clients are still "urgently" asking questions and I'm eating Monday's leftovers while wearing Sunday's clothes still - Merry Christmas!
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In case you haven't heard it's a holiday week this week here in the USA. If you're overseas (not in the USA) I'm sure your American colleagues have let you know it's a holiday and told you all about their food plans. It's a time to give thanks and eat as much food as humanly possible...a trait that us Americans are known for - we don't take anything for granted and we eat like children every chance we get
.......see my earlier posts about high cholesterol and the ever increasing waistline.
Holiday weeks are some of my favorite weeks to work all year long. I know it's so anti-holiday, but hear me out. All year we fly the urgent flag, deal with hundreds of emails everyday and nonstop calls and if you're like me there is a pile of notes on my desk. Throughout the year you get glimpses of actually doing work uninterrupted and its glorious (as it relates to work) -- if there's one thing we can all agree on it is we all like to work with limited interruptions.
This my friends is the holiday season and these next few weeks.....limited interruptions. Enjoy it and be vigilant because all life distractions (kids, spouse, online orders coming in, activities) are amplified during this time especially here in the homeplaceofthefuture.
Also as an added bonus all your colleagues take vacation during this time and while it would be nice to be off too, it's much better to be off when work is busy and your colleagues are miserably busy.
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