Work has been… busy, for lack of a better term. There’s a lot of people on holidays this week, including someone who handles a lot of the work that’s been put onto my boss this week – which in turn puts more work and responsibilities onto me. I’ve somehow ended up taking out a task that belongs to someone else (who is not on vacation this week), I’m not sure why. Oh, even better, I got handle a huge pile of paperwork this morning and got to sort it all (fun stuff). None of it was in order, and oh, could I get it done in an hour? (I finished sorting the pile in ~40 minutes, but that’s not the point.)
Stress from other people that goes to my boss ultimately goes to me. Because I am essentially the only office-working underling that he’s got. I say that in a positive manner, of course – I don’t mind the underling title. He realized today how many more days I have left at work (11 more work days, my last day is on September 3rd and then I have a long weekend and then it’s back to school) and he just looked incredibly shocked, with wide eyes (despite the fact that I know he put it into his company cellphone and onto his computer’s calendar) and went “Really? Already? You know, I could get them to hire you on full time!”.
[Which is a really generous offer, but I do have school in September (1.5 years left for my first BSc!) and I have some classes that I’m really excited about. Plus I’ll be moving back onto weekday volunteering (so I get to see my usual volunteering supervisors again) and overall, I am looking forward to going back to school. But it’s all very cyclical for me, I know come April, when I’m busily studying for finals, I’ll be looking forward to going back to work and I’ll even miss people from work.]
He has no idea what he’s going to do once I go back to school. Which I find to be a compliment. But I also know that they’ll find a way to muddle through things without me… Even though if they were to look at my coding system for any of the notes that I’ve done, no one is going to be able to understand it because I use very non-standardized shorthand for everything. I mean, it makes sense to me, but that’s because I wrote everything. I also colour-code things with highlighters and it doesn’t mean the same thing for every single project that I do so… Yeah… Looking back now, I could have done it a bit differently…
I’m just glad that people who were on vacation this week should be back the upcoming Monday – which hopefully means a little bit less stress being passed from people to my boss and then down to me. Hopefully. I’m tired of my inbox being ridiculously full before I even get to work (I had 20 unread emails before I arrived to work, all from today).
What’s been a source of stress in your life this week?