Okay, that’s not true. But I did have one of those days in which you feel like you’ve pushed a 2 ton rock up a steep hill only to find out it’s the wrong rock. Things have been so crazy at work that we now have a catch-phrase. “Don’t ask me what I did today.” This is what we say when all hope of progress evaporates.
Anytime the unexpected bomb lands innocently in your email in box or when you happily pick up a stack of mail placed on your desk and realize the stack of mail is four separate communications from the State of Pennsylvania on an unemployment claim and not only have you not fired or laid anyone off…you don’t have an employee, office, warehouse or relative in Pennsylvania. It’s times like those when we’ve gotten into the bad habit of hollering down the hall, “Don’t ask me what I did today.”
This phrase actually started because I’m fond of asking the Ops Manager, “What’d you do today?” I like mentally crossing items off lists. I enjoy progress. So, I ask. However, I also personally contribute to the never ending stream on the Ops Manager’s To Do list. One day I handed her the fifth, urgent, unplanned thing and she snapped. “Don’t ask me what I did today. I can tell you right now that I am not going to get anything done. The answer to your favorite question will be, ‘Nothing.‘” Her opinion was accompanied by a very pointed look at me.
I took the hint and left her alone for at least an hour.
What about you? Do you develop shared catch-phrases that have a world of meaning and a story behind them?
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