Today is my first day in new department

@kareng (18817)
United States
July 2, 2007 8:25am CST
Well today is my first day in the new department that I transferred to due to the old institute that I worked for being dissolved 6-30-07. My work hours are 7:30 to 4:00 and I have been here since 7:30 and have not seen but one person on the first floor at work. The only other people I have seen were 2 going up the stairs to the third floor where I used to work. It is very quiet here and I have nothing to do since my two co-workers are not here yet. I may have a lot of free time on my hands down here if it is this quiet all the time. I think I will like that but wondered if most prefer to stay busy or have a really relaxed day at work?
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
2 Jul 07
As everyone else said...staying busy makes the day go faster most days. Some days it's never ending. basically I like my day to go as fast as possible and I'd pretty much like it to be 4 by 9am. My work hours are 8 - 4 because I don't take lunch breaks. I think not taking a lunch break almost makes the day a bit faster too, but frankly I just don't feel like taking a lunch break and I like the 8-4 thing.
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@kareng (18817)
• United States
5 Jul 07
I do the same thing. I go in at 7:30 and skip lunch to leave at 4. It does make the day go by faster.
@raychill (6530)
• United States
5 Jul 07
but 7:30 - 4 is 8.5 hours. do you normally have to work a 9 hour shift? or do you just work 8.5 hours. I work 8 - 4 with no breaks because that equals 8. If I took a break I'd have to do 7:30 to 4 to make 8..with a half hour lunch.
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@kareng (18817)
• United States
10 Jul 07
I do take a lunch half the time. It just depends on how I feel. I'm also late about half the time and end up doing 8-4, hence the 4 pm. time there. Sorry to confuse.
@melanie652 (2525)
• United States
2 Jul 07
Staying busy makes the time seem to pass faster, but then I'm really tired by the end of the day. A relaxing day at work would be okay every so often, but I would get bored if it were that way every day. I think I'd want a mix - busy but with some time to relax in between times too. Hope your first day in the new department goes well?
@kareng (18817)
• United States
2 Jul 07
Thanks melanie! I don't usually have a problem when there is nothing to do as long as I have internet!
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
2 Jul 07
Oh I would be going crazy - I like to keep busy and the day just seems to drag on and on if I don't have something to do. Also I am my freshest early in the morning so like to get the majority of my work done as soon as possible.
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@kareng (18817)
• United States
2 Jul 07
I take awhile to get in the groove. I usually need 2 to 4 cups of coffee before I can start functioning well. I managed to stay busy this morning with unpacking a little and helping with a mailout. I think the afternoon will go quicker :)
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
2 Jul 07
Oh that's good, that you had something to do at least. I don't drink coffee, Diet Pepsi is my cafine of choice and most times I've had a good dose before I would leave for work :) I wake up at 5 no alarm normally and am pretty ready to get busy then.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
2 Jul 07
LOL - another advantage of working from home - I just woke from a short nap :)
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• Canada
2 Jul 07
When I was in a regular job, I preferred to have a full and productive day. Most of the jobs I had in the past required me to meet deadlines with a finished product (with not much wiggle room if you miss), so I had to schedule a full day's work and mesh it with the schedules of other divisions to which we had linkages. One of my jobs (for a major educational publisher) involved overseeing the research, development, writing, editing, production, printing, and distribution of textbooks for a particular subject for a particular Canadian province. We had to get the textbooks and teacher's manuals to the schools (province-wide) on the first day of school. So I had to work my way backward from that target date and allow so much time for each stage. And if any of the stages lagged, it was major hyperventilation time! If a section didn't meet a deadline, we had to shave it off someplace else. It was very stressful. Rewarding, but stressful. Good discussion topic, kareng! :-}
• Canada
3 Jul 07
Good luck on the new job, by the way! Hope the day speeds by when you want it to and goes slow when you need it to! :-}
@kareng (18817)
• United States
12 Jul 07
We are working on publishing our Summer Newsletter right now and are pretty much all caught up until we get some responses from inquiries. So right now I have free time...woohoo! I know I should enjoy it while it lasts! Thanks for the good wishes too!
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
5 Jul 07
I am sorry that you are so bored. I know it makes the time go by much faster when you are busy and don't notice the time. I hope things pick up for you!
@dnumyar (18)
• Philippines
3 Jul 07
i wouLd prefer to stay busy.. at Least i have something to do.. i am the type who gets bothered when am doing nothing but sit and reLaxed.. i feeL that i have no use in this worLd, haha so i try to do things even if i werent used to do those things, or Look for something to work on.. but anyway, since you say that you're not doing anything there, then i suggest that you work on things that you think you are capabLe of doing.. your boss or manager might see you as someone with initiative and he might as weLL praise you on that especiaLLy since you're new on that fLoor.. have a great day ;j
@GardenGerty (115076)
• United States
3 Jul 07
I like to be busy at work, as it makes the time go much more quickly. If I cannot find something to do, I tend to fall asleep, not good. If I fall asleep, I get exhausted from trying to keep myself awake. I had just as soon have something to do in the first place, as it keeps me entertained. I would be really tempted in an office setting to just access the old internet, and do something more interesting and fun. Not what the boss would want to be paying for.
@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
2 Jul 07
I've been on jobs where I've been so busy I didn't even have time to go to the bathroom and I've had jobs where I would re-arrange my desk ten times just to keep from falling asleep. I would much rather be busy and, of course, the ideal situation would be the best of both worlds; being busy when you wanted time to fly by and being quiet when you needed to take a bathroom break or a coffee break. I wish you well in your new position and I only hope that things pick up for you in the future. I really like your hours though. You start the day early and end early enough to still have some time for yourself.
@daycarepal (1998)
• United States
2 Jul 07
I like to be busy so the time goes faster. Most of my work days do go by quick, although there are days when it seems to drag on! Will it always be so slow in your new department? Think of all the time you can now spend on MyLot LOL.
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
2 Jul 07
I wouldn't mind it to be quiet for a day or two, but I would go stir crazy before long. I like to have something to keep me busy. As long as it is office work though and I can keep myself busy doing other things on my computer (like writing) I suppose that wouldn't bother me a bit.
@sunshinecup (7880)
2 Jul 07
When I do work, I rather like it busy than slow and drawn out. I hate slow days for that reason, they are slow! Give me fast moving any day.
@axter69 (379)
2 Jul 07
I think it depends on how lazy you are, let me explain, if you are active then you want to be busy keep the mind going being tasked at work gives you energy makes you feel like you are actually doing something with your day. if you are lazy then you have just hit the jackpot my friend, long spels sat at a desk, flicking paper into a bin just to see if you can any way I would think you are the first of my two discriptions but if your not happy days