Leaving work at work is harder than it sounds.
At the dinner table growing up I always hated it when my mom would talk about work. I couldn’t understand why she couldn’t leave work at the office. I can hear the conversation now; “All you talk about is work, work, work. Hairstylists get to leave their work at work, why cant you, Mom?” A few years later I realized that keeping a business afloat is a little (okay, a lot) different than being a hairstylist. And now, I can reason that when you are at work for eight hours (sometimes more) a day and are thinking about it the whole time it takes a while to clear your mind from the work day. Ever since I started at One Minute News all I can think about are different ways to help them out, spread the word or just blog. For instance, I’ve been trying to think of ways to get people involved with the news. One option I was brainstorming is to take One Minute News to college campus’s. One Minute at Clemson. One Minute at Winthrop. One Minute at NYU! It’s just a thought. Got any ideas?
I believe people work better in a nice work environment and if that means dazzling up the office, I’m on it! Today I worked on new name-tags for everyone’s lockers. Before I did the name-tag makeover everyone claimed their lockers with post-it notes. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on those post-it notes since my first day here so I finally took initiative and did! It’s a small gesture, but I always like it when my things look nice and everyone is too busy to think to do it on their own. There were a few weird looks when people passed by my desk and saw what I was doing, but deep down I think they appreciated it. I know I would.
My inventory experience.
I came into work the other day to do inventory on all the equipment One Minute News owns. It sounded like a nice little change from the usual blogging and tweeting duo I’m used to so I was eager to begin. I had never done inventory before and for those of you out there I don’t recommend it if you have anything less than 20/20 vision. I was on my hands and knees looking for serial numbers for a solid six hours. I’m sure everyone in the office was losing patients with me as I asked them a million questions and invaded their personal space, but they were good sports about it all. It totally wore me out and was frustrating at times, but somebody has got to do it! Although being asked to do inventory may seem like a small task to many, I felt like I had helped out the One Minute crew once I was finished. Most of my work has to do with marketing One Minute News which is rewarding in its own way, but on this particular day I walked away feeling like I had accomplished something that needed to be done. I felt like I had crossed something off their to do list, making their life just a tad bit easier and for that I was proud. So although my first inventory experience gave me high blood pressure and a head ache it was all worth it in the end.
Chaos, Silence, Repeat.
One Minute News is a 24 hour business because the news never sleeps! People are always coming into work at odd times so the office is almost always buzzing. The atmosphere is a lot of what makes One Minute News so exciting to come to work everyday. One second it can be a total zoo with people shouting across the room; “Vanessa how’s your 11 o’ clock looking?” “I think she’s in the studio filming now!” What about you Yasmin?” “Almost done!” Then all the sudden silence. Complete silence to the point where all you can hear is the patter of the keyboards from the person next to you typing away. It’s almost like everyone is in sync to work contently at the same time. The silence never lasts long however and the chaos strikes again. I wish everyone could see it for themselves. It’s quite amusing how it all happens like clockwork.