15 September 2009

I Love Monotony

No, really. When I think back to my old jobs, there are some tasks I actually miss (I specify 'tasks' because of course I miss my regular paychecks!).

One of the weirdest things I ever enjoyed doing was taking about a kajillion appliance part numbers from microfiche and typing them into Excel. I'd strap on my headphones, pop in a CD (this was before iPods), zone out looking at the fiche and let my fingers do the walking. Some days it was handle numbers, or light bulbs, or the ever-changing water filters: 4392887, 4396510, 4397429, 4399842, on and on....for a couple hours at a stretch. It wasn't even what they'd originally hired me for, but I did it in the evenings to make a few extra bucks. For a few months, it was my favorite part of my work day - very soothing, oddly enough.

3 comments:

B Boys Mom said...

I don't think I could do it. See there is something special about everyone.

The Adventures of Grunty and Chubbs said...

Yes, there is something satisfying about routine work. And also about physical work - like yard work.

siteseer said...

I think anything is rewarding if you can do it well, and since you do everything well it's all rewarding