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Old 10-16-08, 08:06 AM   #1
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Desk jobs PART II - A Possible Solution.

I'm trying something new to battle the boredom of my desk job, and I'm wondering if anyone's tried it. I'm setting up my day so that I'm doing work for at least one straight hour, and then taking 15 minutes break in between each hour of work. The exception to this would be lunch, where I would take 30 minutes instead of 15.

If this works right, I should be able to do at least 5 or 6 solid hours of work daily, and have at least 1.75 hours of break time; pretty efficient.

Anyone ever try this before? How has it worked for you?
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Old 10-16-08, 08:10 AM   #2
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I try to work solid. But unless I've got a boat load of work, I tend to slack. It's easy to push things back when you know you are not pressed for them.
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Old 10-16-08, 08:20 AM   #3
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I do pretty much the opposite. I am on break for an hour, then have to do about 15 seconds of work. But I work security. I just tell people I am a professional surfer. I'd go nuts without the internet.
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In engineering you are in more of a "thinking field", so you can't always break up your thought process then come back and be 'right in it'. (Think "context switch" if you want to use computer terminology).

If you break up that much you'll be running much less efficient because it may take you a while to "get back in to the groove" of whatever complex thing you were working on.

If, on the other hand, you were working on things that didn't require too much thinking or were more "task" oriented, that wouldn't be much of a problem.
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In engineering you are in more of a "thinking field", so you can't always break up your thought process then come back and be 'right in it'. (Think "context switch" if you want to use computer terminology).

If you break up that much you'll be running much less efficient because it may take you a while to "get back in to the groove" of whatever complex thing you were working on.

If, on the other hand, you were working on things that didn't require too much thinking or were more "task" oriented, that wouldn't be much of a problem.
This job ain't engineering. It's BUSINESS ANALYSIS, i.e. project/task management.

I could take hours off (which I've done) and get right back on track.
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This job ain't engineering. It's BUSINESS ANALYSIS, i.e. project/task management.

I could take hours off (which I've done) and get right back on track.
You didn't specify it was for anything "right now"....I thought you were still talking about engineering work for your career direction.
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You have me confused.

I'm part of a Cooperative Education program at my school. Every other semester (approximately), students in the program take a semester to work at a supporting company. As an aside, I was sort of an exception to the "supporting" rule...twice. Only one of the jobs I've done was officially sponsored by Stevens Co-Op; the last two positions I've acquired have no Stevens connections.

Anyway, I think I was more productive today than before. The only times I broke the rationed periods were a little after morning snack and lunch break. Every other time, I've been pretty productive.
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I'm part of a Cooperative Education program at my school. Every other semester (approximately), students in the program take a semester to work at a supporting company.
I'm doing a Cooperative Education program right now -right this minute. I'm a GIS minor and I'm working as an intern (paid, plus I get 3 credit hours this semester) for the local BLM office as GIS Support. Mostly I edit data in ArcMap. Kinda boring, but a great place to work. Hoping to get in here permanant someday. A Federal job would be nice.....

I look at my email or BF while my ArcMap document refreshes with these *huge* airphoto layers I'm working with right now.
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I'm doing a Cooperative Education program right now -right this minute. I'm a GIS minor and I'm working as an intern (paid, plus I get 3 credit hours this semester) for the local BLM office as GIS Support. Mostly I edit data in ArcMap. Kinda boring, but a great place to work. Hoping to get in here permanant someday. A Federal job would be nice.....

I look at my email or BF while my ArcMap document refreshes with these *huge* airphoto layers I'm working with right now.
I'm working too. I'm supposed to be working on some business requirements.

The best things about a co-op job are that you get paid, and you get credits.
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i go to drexel. im at my co-op now. i usually have work to do between 9-11 and 3-5. the rest of the time i find myself extremely bored to the point where not even the internet can keep me entertained.

ps. we run train on stevens' paintball team every year. just had to put that out there...
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We have a Paintball team???????

FWIW, I rode with this one guy from Drexel during the New York Century; the guy had crazy acceleration!
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check this out for guides on how to manage desk jobs:
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Ahhhhhh time wasters...that's what BF is for!



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