February 07, 2012

Work Distractions

Story time.

So, today at work, I'm sitting at my desk, typing work-y things on my computer, when a strange woman walks into the office. This part isn't so weird to me because the business next door used to occupy our office space so strange people come in all the time looking for a different service. No big deal. We point them in the right direction and they go on their merry way.

This woman, however, walked up to the fish tank in the back of our main area and loudly exclaimed, "Oh! What beautiful fish! What a gorgeous fish tank!" The fish inspired quite a bit more enthusiasm than they deserved, which was weird, but maybe she just really likes fish?

So a couple employees approached the woman asking, "Excuse me, ma'am, can we help you?" But the woman went talking excitedly about things that she saw in the office ("Insurance forms? Ooh! I could really use some for my kids!"). It was very bizarre.

After a little bit of this, she was asked to leave. She was asked to leave several times before being escorted out. We're not sure where she went but fortunately, she didn't come back.

So, why did I tell you this story? 1. Because it's weird and I had to share it with someone. 2. To demonstrate that sometimes there are unexpected distractions at work. Sometimes, a strange woman who really likes fish might walk in, or you might experience your very first earthquake (You Californians might laugh but the quake on the East Coast last year was really weird for us natives!), or some guy might walk in and offer you meat from the back of his truck parked outside (...oh yeah, that also happened once...).

On occasion, weird stuff happens. Don't let it throw off the rest of your day. Take a moment to talk to your coworkers about it if you want but then try to regain your focus. You can always go back to sharing your odd workday with your friends after work.

Katie Hazard | Digital Artist, User Experience Designer
khazard@internlikearockstar.com | @katie_hazard
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