Another week, another stockpile of work finally behind me. It is astounding how work can just start piling up like crazy once summer season comes in. There was always the rumor that normally nothing would happen over summer months, as most people go on vacation and subsequently most companies would not invest any money to reach a target audience that is not around. Yet it is also the perfect time for a lot of work that started collecting over the year to finally get done, as during the busy seasons one cannot take care of everything. It is a double-edged sword, especially when colleagues go away and you get stuck with work that you would not have expected to be dropped on your desk. Sometimes I call it the leaning tower of despair, as no matter how much collects I know that I may never finish it.
Still, it is kind of strange when you become the holiday replacement for someone and are responsible keeping up contact with clients that normally belong to someone else. You fee like a spy trying to infiltrate a castle, as you maneuver throughout the different halls that bear their very own challenges. Have to call them and find out where their order is? No problem, just going to avoid the deadly spikes of “What do you mean?”, jump across the pitfall of “It is not done yet?!” to finally overcome the poison darts of “How can one man be so stupid!”. As you can see, I had a great discussion behind me this week. Best part of the whole story was that I had to then explain to my boss why exactly I talked to the client, as it was his idea I should handle the case.
I should start planning some vacation myself, but I don’t really feel like going anywhere all alone. It just seems discouraging if you visit a new country, but have no one to share that experience with but your camera. In addition, I don’t even really take a lot of pictures myself, so it is not like I have much motivation to do so. In the end, I would have nothing to share, would get a bit lonely as I travel and then come back exhausted. There just is not much to really pull you in to conduct such an activity if you have no one to share it with sadly.
Well whatever, maybe someday I will get the chance to do so, but for now I should enjoy the free time I have. It also gives me enough time to finally catch up on the workload that has piled up ever since I started. Sadly, one’s ability can only do so much and some topics tend to get left behind, as you work your way towards a hopeful positive result. At some point there is not much you can truly change and are only stuck with the workload that stands before one. I wonder if I will ever see an end to this, or just continue doing the same things repeatedly.