Friday, August 06, 2010

Procrastination (Now!), Stopping

A good librarian will always be on the lookout for his or her colleagues who are prone to procrastination.  Be vigilant as you patrol for the following behaviors @ your library:
  • Uncharacteristic desk cleaning / filing
  • Sharpening golf pencils for the reference desk
  • Repeatedly retyping and laminating one's "To do" list
  • Making voodoo dolls out of paperclips
  • Policing other people's procrastination
Ask the readers: How do your library colleagues procrastinate at work?

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

they write their blogs and update facebook pages...

Anonymous said...

They read the archives of the Librarian's Guide to Etiquette.

Anonymous said...

Dust shelves and wash tables—despite a surplus of able bodied custodians and pages.

Anonymous said...

Redoing work that other people have already done

Anonymous said...

I have personally witnessed reference desk golf pencil sharpening.

Anonymous said...

Am envious of the poster who actually has custodians who dust shelves and wash tables.

Anonymous said...

Ditto about being envious of the custodians. We have one guy who comes "from de islands, mon" and if we don't clean then it stays dirty!

I wish I was joking... said...

Buying things off of eBay, hiding in the supply closet, hiding in other people's cubiles, text messaging in the stacks, hiding in the staff bathrooms, going out to their car and then "forgetting" to come back...

Yep, I work with a bunch of go-getters.

章鱼 said...

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Anonymous said...

Wandering to other parts of the library to chat.

Anonymous said...

make elaborate photo-shopped screen savers for the public terminals. Such as: "please push in your chair when you are done"

Anonymous said...

Coming in late every morning. Looking at her own cycling pictures online. Purchasing shoes from Zappo's during work time. Going "upstairs" to gossip & back-stab other co-workers.

Oh, sorry, this was about procrastination.

Lita said...

Cleaning the Windows with window cleaner during lunchtime hours, Re-organizing the head librarian's desk and the best thing: Having a Tea Party.

Anonymous said...

Reorganizing the unread piles of catalogs on your desk.

Playing Bejeweled online.

lisnews.org

Reading the Facebook pages of other libraries.

Making the rounds and trash-talking other departments.

Anonymous said...

Hiding in the Pit with visiting family member chatting.

Talking on cell phone in rear stairwell out of security camera view.

Cutting up book request slips one at a time for an entire day instead of doing it in 5 minutes on our cutter :-)

Making "day of the week" cards and laminating them in different colors.....making this self created job stretch out for a week. Yup! 14 small business size cards.

Making business cards and flyers for you side "mowing" business.