The art of taking a break

First things first. I actually started a new job two and a half weeks ago. Induction is over and today we had our first full day on our own. I am working for LEGO, btw (yes, the one with the plastic building bricks and mini figures).

Obviously it’s not the job I want to do, but it is a job I can do. And believe you me, there are worse companies to work for. So for now I figure that I’d at least do a job I’m good at until I can do the job I am best at.

Before you ask, I’m neither overly modest nor humble. Honest is the word you’re looking for and someone who damn well knows themselves. 

Back to today. First days are always a hurdle. After having some system issues yesterday afternoon that couldn’t be resolved for today, I had to change desks, which I didn’t like very much, but it also turned out to be advantageous as I could pester my neighbour better, who had his last day today.

After getting sorted and finally started, I ended up being rather busy indeed. LEGO customers are luckily really quite friendly people and mostly easy to please. But that doesn’t stop them from calling or emailing and at times one gets lost in what one is doing and forgets what time it is.

Namely: break time.

Don’t get me wrong, this is not like school where everyone can’t wait for the lessons to be over so break time can be enjoyed. Our breaks are scheduled, because we are supposed to take breaks and take them when they are due. The company wants us to take breaks; in fact, they need us to take breaks, so we can do our jobs better.

Alas, I am horrible at taking my breaks. Having them scheduled for me is bad enough. And even if I get to log out for break, I still don’t stop what I’m doing, but instead finish it off before leaving my desk.

If I do walk away without finishing what I was working on, chances are that I’m back well before the end of my break and pick up my work before logging back in.

It’s a bad habit that I can’t shake.

I am really bad at taking my breaks and actually having a break. I wouldn’t even consider myself a workaholic. I think I just like to wrap up what I’m doing so I know it’s done and I don’t have to worry about it.

I wish I could carry that over to the times I sit down in order to write. I’d have written a dozen books by now.

It would appear that I am currently better at working for others than for myself.

This is a revelation that occurs to me as I am writing these words. Well, this little exercise appears to be good for something after all.



About 2clouds

I am many things, most of them I am 100%, some of them 150%, none of them just half. I write, I read, I dream, I travel. I question. And I'm always looking for answers. No dream is impossible.
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