Wednesday, 17 June 2009


I think we all know that work bores me - I'm sure I'm not the only one. I find most tasks boring, despite the fact that when I was a kid I went through a phase of wanting to be a secretary. I suppose as an administrator now, I got my wish. Hmmm - it's not what it's cracked up to be, put it that way. I guess there's a bit more variation in my job than most basic admin jobs but ultimately it's all just the same jobs, right?

There is the odd task I don't mind doing though. Don't get me wrong, I couldn't do even these tasks on repeat for the rest of my working life, but I sometimes almost find myself happy to do them. Well - in comparison to the other tasks.

Stuffing envelopes for example. Putting things in envelopes and sealing them can while away a relatively pleasant half hour.

Typing up letters - I like the noise the keys make when I hit them hard and fast (ooh - er . . . )

Occasionally even PHOTOCOPYING can provide a bit of light relief. I know what you're thinking . . . weird, right?

Today it was typing up labels for packages and sticking them on. Odd but . . . it actually made my day better. And more importantly, go faster!

Is it just me, or are there any mundane tasks that can almost brighten up YOUR working day???


  1. I'm quite sad i'm afriad. I enjoy oputting contract packs together....mail merges, printing, stapling, putting in envelopes..wastes away a few hrs.
    I'm also a completed nerd as I LOVE spreadsheets. I have spreadsheets for everything at work with charts etc. I even create them when i don't really need to.

  2. I wanted to be a secretary, too. I always loved looking at office supply catalogues and wanted to be in charge of ordering them for the office.

  3. Ok, i'm an optical dispenser and practice manager, so a lot of my job is admin based. My top three mundane tasks that i actually dont mind:

    1. Folding letters, stuffing envelopes, stamping with " Postage Paid " so theyre ready to mail.
    2. Ordering stationary online. I can browse the online catalogue for an idle half hour looking for the best new technology in... pens and highlighters.
    3.Recording how many patients we've seen that day. I just like knowing how my business is shuffling along on a day to day basis!

  4. Mundane errand running. Gets me out of the office and able to listen to music. Score.

  5. I totally know what you mean! I absolutely love the mundane shredding things. I save up all my things to shred during the week so my last 10 minutes of a Friday can be spent sticking things in the shredder. Weeeeee!

  6. I havent been in the office life long but I get what you mean, sometimes anything to get me away from my desk no mattter what task makes me happy


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