Tuesday, May 21st, 2024



I don’t normally write anything about work in my blog, but today I was so grumpy. The usual pre-7AM start with a number of deadlines (3 sets of PowerPoint to be exact) so I had to be focussed to get things done. Of course I had several meetings in the morning, and as per usual nobody ever turns up on time so felt frustrated.

By 11AM I was getting grumpier and grumpier. I had to walk to another building for the meeting and arrived at 11:02AM. Nobody there ! I checked my calendar and yes I was in the right place at the right time. 11:04AM various people trickle in, asking why everyone wasn’t there. As a result, they had to leave and go get a drink in the kitchen (I boiled over at that point and had a good rant). About 11:08 we got started and things were going well. At 11:30 someone walks in, after they apologised for being late and asked for a recap. At that point, I got up, remarked “I don’t have time to waste on this I’m too busy” and left.

I must admit I have a real issue with timekeeping. I guess it’s because I make the effort to be on time always and end up having to wait around for people and hence clock watch. It’s like a thermometer going into a joint of meat – I can feel my frustration increase every second (lots of clock watching). I guess I can’t understand why people can’t be on time to attend things.

When I used to lecture at University I would close the door at 5 past the hour, as well as never accept any late submissions of work – I guess I would judge people by my own standards.

Rant over, I feel better now !

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