Work? What is it good for?

Location: United Kingdom

Things are gonna change. I can feel it.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006


Well that's that. I handed in my notice today, and I've got two weeks on the treadmill left. The rest of the month's notice period is already booked as holiday, so my last working day will be the 13th. Always was my lucky number...

So I'd better start thinking about what I'm going to be doing when I'm not going to be doing anything! I've just purchased a second hand games console on Ebay, so that might come rather handy. Probably too late to get into the latest series of big brother, alas, alak. (Not)

My feelings are kind of mixed. Writing the resignation note, I kind of had to give a reason. And I was prepared to be humble over it, as I can't say my last role in the company has gone smoothly. So I'm glad to be moving on, but I'm not ecstatic about leaving things in the state they are, and there is always that nagging, sensible voice telling me I must be crazy. (Or is that Gnarls Barkley?)

But everything I've done and seen and thought about recently has confirmed that time is ripe for a break. What I can't know is how that will turn out, and how long it will last.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Stormy weather...

Very unsettled.

Seems appropriate - big day tomorrow. Work hasn't quite cut to the chase yet, so I made it through the week, but I need to settle my situation before month end, and tomorrow makes perfect sense...

Though I'd hardly say I'm ready, but still.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Belay that Delay?

Seems the luxury of picking my own time may be fading. Possibly/probably/definitely my own fault, I've let the ball drop a little, and they may want to introduce some changes to remedy that, that I'm unlikely to want to buy in to. I don't feel good about this - I don't like to think I've done a bad job, but it's probably a sign of me taking too long to leave. Would have been better to go out on a high... but a bit late (by about a year) for that.

We'll see...

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Short delay...

I now expect to hand in my notice at the end of the month. 8 years is a long time. I didn't realise how long it would take to do an even cursory disentanglement! I wanted to grab a few old emails - save them for posterity. Most of this stuff is in an 800Mb archive, so it might take some time. Especially as I've only got as far as mid 2000 ...

Old emails are a kind of accidental diary. You can look back at them and learn far more than memory will allow. I'm not sure that is a good thing! It might be cleaner - and certainly simpler, to delete the archive and merely export my contacts, after all, I'd never know what I missed. Though I might use the same argument for my attempt to save some of it!

Anyway, an extra week won't make much difference, it's not as though I have any definite plans for my impending free time!

And it allow me to hunt for those expense receipts that I KNOW are hanging around here somewhere. Best to get that claim in BEFORE I resign!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Begin at the beginning...

Welcome. I don't know how you stumbled across this. I could ask if you have nothing better to do. You could ask the same thing. The answer may well be no...

I wonder what my stars say this week*. I doubt they reflect how dramatic I intend it to be. After 8 years in the same company I'm planning to resign. Probably tomorrow. If I can drum up the nerve. And then starts an interesting experiment - just how long can I go without doing anything?

And when I say anything, I really mean "work". I've done it pretty solidly for the last 16 years, so it may be hard to break the conditioning. I'll need lots of distractions, and this is just one of them.

So welcome once more to the diary of a work shy fop. (With apologies to Vic and Bob, and we'll have to explore the "fop" part some other time.)

* Of course I don't believe in astrology. But then, that's typical scorpio for you...