Monday, August 16, 2010
I am quite exceptionally fast at work if I'm doing something that's not completely new to me. I haven't really thought much about it, but recently I was working with some people in the company and we had divided up the work to do it fast. The other two people spent the better part of a day finishing their parts while I had my done in a few hours, there probably were some basic effeciency saving techniques that I could use through Excel that they didn't use, but still. I have a general reputation in the company to deliver the work very quickly.
Thinking about it, I realized that this is probably traced back all the way back to elementary school where I realized that if I finished up the chapters given to us quickly; after a while the teacher just gave up on giving me more stuff to do so I wouldn't get too far ahead in the book and just ran out of extra assignments and told me to do something else as long as I kept quiet and still. This usually meant working on one of those huge drawings I used to do with Martin (the one's where we drew the whole class and the stir that created among some of our classmates is a completely other story) and have fun instead of studying. I think that from that time, it's instilled in my DNA that working fast means that I get more time to do other fun stuff instead.
Unfortunately that's not really how it works inside a company where I'm bound to the clock to some degree and drawing pictures is not really an option at my desk... I really should start working a bit more slowly since effeciency is very rarely rewarded in the Japanese working environment...