It's the end of the month. It's getting a bit manic. People have left their work to the last minute and then want me to perform miracles and do quality assurance on their documents instantly. With 16 people wanting things 'instantly', it isn't going to happen.
Normally, I create a priority list, stick in my head phones and listen to something suitably energising that will block out the noise around me, and just power through it. However, for some reason for the last two days everyone wants to talk to me. I keep being poked in the shoulder or the back of my chair pushed before someone decides to impart some pearl of wisdom, which actually transpires to be utter rubbish and nothing to do with work. Today I have completely ignored all pokes and pushes, refusing to be disturbed or even look at them.
I was very close to pitching a fit, but held my temper in check.
Someone observed yesterday that I must get so much work done by coming in at 6:45am. Excuse me? I don't start work until 9am, the same as everyone else. Cue much surprise from them. I had to explain to them that if I do an additional two hours a day I would be working almost an extra working day each week for nothing. I am perfectly capable of getting my work done within the time I have available. Apparently, they couldn't a) get up that early if they tried (oh but you could you just haven't tried) and b) they have to do extra work at the weekend to get everything done. No surprise there then, as they are one of the people who spends most of the day talking and trying to distract everyone else.
Is it really such a surprise that I use those two hours of MY time each morning to indulge and develop my knowledge and skills. I'm trying to get to Advanced level on Excel at the moment and that will take some time. As far as I'm concerned that's a far better use of my time and will one day help me earn more money.
This person is also the most god awful gossip, and I won't have anything to do with that. Anything gossip they do manage to force into my earholes I instantly forget and won't pass on. People's marriages, child-rearing capabilites and appearances are none of my business and I won't pass comment. Do they not realise how poorly it reflects on them? I know they are out there gossiping about me, although I very rarely tell them anything so I must be an awfully boring subject! LOL!
I don't even tell them what I do at the weekend. I literally give them no hook at all, hoping they'll consider me so tedious I'm not worth the bother of gossiping about.
I'm don't agree with Oscar Wilde's assertion that if there's one thing worse than being talked about, it's not being talked about.