Wednesday, August 20, 2008

What Are You Doing?

What are you doing?

A great and truly profound question. Often, an honest answer would be:
  • I'm doing this instead of another higher priority task that is difficult or unpleasant.
  • I'm working on the glitzy components of the project because they're neat.
  • I'm attempting to appear busy because the boss is around.
  • I'm destroying my career.
  • I'm undermining my team.
  • I'm killing time while waiting for information or resources that will permit me to move to the next stage.
  • I'm goofing off.
  • I'm engaged in an informal effort to fend off depression.
  • I'm working on the nearest project because I have no idea of this job's priorities.
  • I'm pouring water on the highest flame.
  • I'm trying to clear my mind.
  • I'm taking a superficial action that will accomplish nothing other than to provide me with a response for whenever someone asks, "What are you doing?"

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