This is a response to Sarah Britten’s 21 activities missing from your timesheet blog post that appeared on Mail & Guardian Online’s Thought Leader blog recently.
At the time, Britten said the following were just some of the things that had to be included in the timesheet:
- Bathroom breaks,
- Smoke breaks,
- Skinnering (which is the same as a smoke break, but for non-smokers),
- Thinking (see above),
- Making coffee and/or tea.
- Looking for teaspoons would fall under this category,
- Waiting for the microwave,
- Playing pool and/or fuzball (a substantial chunk of daily activity in most ad agencies),
- Looking for the right boardroom because the change of venue wasn’t reflected in Outlook, and many other.
And in my list, I think the following should be added as well:
- Arguing with you boss (who could not reason) when you could have done something worthy of earning you some rands.
- Having to cover someone else’s work should be covered,
- Pondering at work about you next blog’s headline/topic when you should be thinking about the next coming pitch for your client,
- Blogging/ writing a blog post during working hours or researching materials for your next blog post,
- Men who look at women’s “boobs and behind”
- Women who look at “gyming and exercising guys” with nice built body parts,
- Making a cup of coffee/tea without getting any work done,
- Leaving work earlier even when you came late that morning,
- Leaving work late even when you came to work earlier that morning,
- Foul language,
- Misplacing documents/files and thereby taking too much of your time having to look for them,
- Spending too much (than you should) on the phone with friends/family when you should be with clients,
- Bossy Bosses