Yesterday, I sat down with my boss for my annual review. She handed me two pages to read and said we could discuss it further if I had questions after I finished reading.
The review started with my accomplishments,then moved on to "Areas for Improvement/Professional Development". In the past 4 years, this section has always said the same thing. Keep abreast of constantly changing HR Laws. I've come to expect it. Bosslady continues to put it there because as she said one year "I have to put in something so that it doesn't look like you're perfect."
But this year there was an extra sentence in the "Areas for Improvement" section.
It read "Strive for efficiency while maintaining quality".
Just what the hell did that mean?
I stewed on that for a bit, while my boss finished up a call. I was tempted to ask her to clarify but as I thought about my performance over the last year I realized one very important thing had changed.
I'd started a blog and very quickly become obssessed with posting to it and reading the blogs of others.
And well maybe it had taken its toll on my level of efficiency.
Hmm...shall I stop blogging? No, that's too extreme.
Should I set a specific time to write and read blogs outside of business hours ? No, what else will I do on lunch or if somebody hands me a task I'm trying to avoid.
What to do ?
And in a true lightbulb moment it came to me.
I do need to be more efficient. Bosslady wasn't totally off the mark. I need to be more efficient in managing my blog writing and reading so I can still pull off this work thing I'm paid a salary to do.
So from hence forward, I must request of you:
1) Please do not post every day. Thus lessening the amount of time required of me to be on the internet doing non work related things
2) When you do post, please email your posts directly to my work email address so that I may in the midst of addressing work emails multi-task and read about your fabulousness too
3) Only comment on my blog from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PST or thereabouts. That way I can enjoy all of your wisdom during my lunch hour thus not taking away from the 8 hours I'm actually,like, supposed to be doing work.
Ha! Who am I kidding? Do whatever floats your boat. Don't worry about little old me. I'll be fine.
Hell, if that's the worst thing on my review (and it was)then I'm not changing a thing until someone actually puts down on paper "Get your arse off the internet and get some work done"