Yeah, yeah, I think I once said that I wasn't going to bitch about work in this blog, but it ain't me. Mr. Crankypants is in control of the keyboard, and I'm just along for the ride.
What does Mr. Crankypants want on this Thursday evening? He wants everbody to guess how much of my 9-5 in the past four days was *not* spent in either my two-day training session or in meetings on Monday and Thursday? Everybody ready? I want you to have a specific number of hours in mind. Don't defy Mr. Crankypants. You wouldn't like it when Mr. Crankypants gets angry.
Okay, here is the total: 90 minutes on Monday, and 15 minutes today.
I have to confess that I spent six or seven of those free minutes today in the can -- Oh my, this has suddenly become a too-much-information blog! -- but even had I crossed my legs all day, that would leave 1 hour and 45 minutes to answer assorted e-mails and phone calls, and to actually follow up on the assorted "action items" that I took away from some of those meetings.
What's that? Mr. Crankypants wants to play another guessing game? Okay, Mr. Crankypants, what do you want everybody to guess?
How many e-mails has John received in his work e-mail box so far this week? Oh, and Mr. Crankypants is feeling conservative, so we won't include any spam that made it through the filter. Here's a hint. Before the first sentence of this paragraph and this sentence, I received two more e-mails and wrote one answer.
Okay, does everybody have a guess? John's work e-mail inbox from Monday-Thursday at 7 pm has received 223 non-spam e-mails! Let's see, that's 223 e-mails and 105 free minutes. Oh my, Mr. Crankypants doesn't like that math. Nope, he doesn't like it one bit.
By the way, are you wondering what much of those two days of training was dedicated to?
Yeah, you guessed it. Avoiding the inappropriate overuse of meetings and e-mail.