How Many Hours Do I Work Per Week?

Many of you know that I have now moved to working from home for my employer. That means I can’t punch in and out on a standard time clock which well can be a challenge.

I did find this awesome blog post the other day and well this is how I do it. I also do this for project management at school. It allows me to be able to track how many hours I am spending on what and helps me keep my priorities in check.

I would so recommend reading Hannah’s post and trying this out!

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Experience Friday. The Month Long Version.

So it has been a while! A long while at that. I was on my little blogging vacation for some personal reasons but I am back now and well lets get caught up! So the RV show went well-ish. It rained most of the weekend meaning that the sales guys were wet, cold cranky and sans customers. This also meant that there were A LOT of timmies runs and a very very quiet office which I had to stay at. Aside from answering the non-stop phone calls asking about the show I was in charge of getting the rest of the pictures needed for the website and working on anything that I needed to do for the web designer or the odd tasks that I had to do around the office.

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I did learn a lot about how many of the business side of things run around here simply because I was the only one here to run them. A little later the accountant went on holidays to watch her daughter graduate and that means that yours truly became the accountant! Thankfully that ended quickly. Man I am not cut out for that job! Then just before my own vacation (I will be talking about this on Wednesday and the things I discovered out east) our web designer put in her two week notice so after I returned back to work on Monday I was informed that I would need to find a web designer hat and put it on damn fast. It has been a whirl wind week full of a lot of mistakes and learning as I go. Turns out Hootsuite, the web software that allows you to post and manage several social media accounts simultaneously, is not nearly as user friendly as many of my professors had lead on so god bless the good people of YouTube! I have learned a lot in the last little while about myself and many of the things I am capable off and just how fantastic and practical the education I am receiving really is. Everyday I have the chance to test the skills I have been learning over the last year. In other related news I can know set up and take down a table in a RV with out killing 95% of my body. Yes that does mean I am no longer a giant walking bruise but my dear readers my hands still get pinched every where on a very regular basis!

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Ontario Parks…

Many of you may know that I can be a bit of an advocate for shutting the phone off and getting back to the important people in life and well the best place ever. Outside.

Now I will admit I am a fair weather outdoorsy person. I like my sunshine and mild temperatures but I do enjoy going outside. And since Skipper has been around, my love for the outdoors has only grown.

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A few days ago Ontario Parks released a video promoting an upcoming day. Healthy Parks Healthy People to be exact. Ontario Parks has teamed up with Coleman to bring this day of fun to you and your family. All Ontario Provincial Parks will be offering free day use to the provincial parks and many will have other exciting events going on.

The video is only a minute long but really shows some startling stats. 56% of Canadian children have never done a cannon ball. Those are some worrying stats and I am being 100% honest. Kids today don’t know how to play anymore and that is sad and has long term effects. Play is what helps to stimulate imagination and that is a HUGE skill. We are going to lose an entire generation full of ideas and creative thinkers because they didn’t play as kids. That is so so so sad.

I look around at my classmates and the things we can dream up and it is all thanks to playing power rangers, rescuing princesses, being chased by snow monsters and building forts as kids. With out that play I would not be the writer I am today. Play inspires imagination and problem solving.

Working where I do I see parents come in all the time to but trailers for there families to go camping in and it is really cool to see when they buy the stripped down, bare basics trailers that in no way will support anything but outdoor play time.

So this July make some time for that kid inside you who desperately wants to do that cannon ball and go visit a provincial park and maybe I’ll see you there.

I Blinked…

So I blinked and it’s Friday again. This week has been nuts. Totally nuts. In the span of 24 hours I rode in a car, a bus, a truck and 2 trains and then an SUV. Yes ladies and gentleman, I am a business women on a mission! Lol god I crack myself up sometimes! My old rugby team needed a last minute chaperone on Sunday so I went up and took 2 trains to get home. That is how epic that story is. Anyway. I am grateful that time is passing quickly. With Skipper gone and everything I like the idea of time flying and him being home. You can read more about that here on Sunday. Just click the little blue here. After you’re done reading this though, right? 😀

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Work has been good. I took Monday off to watch the games and in the real world you get to make up the time you take off so guess what my plans are for Saturday? Yep! You guessed it. My butt will be at my desk. I still am doing a lot of writing. I think I linked to the Facebook and Twitter pages in my last post but I will do that again just in case I didn’t! Things are weird around here. Getting ready for the show and all. Everyone one but me is running around like crazed fools and I’m just sitting at my desk typing up cool stuff. La de da! I do like my job. And I am finally getting more and more responsibility so that’s cool too. It is still weird though. Working an actual job. I mean it still pays minimum wage but aspects of the job I will be doing for the rest of my life. Crazy to think really. I got to write another article this week. Sadly by the time this goes up I won’t have the link so as soon as I get that I will throw it up here!

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However, I do have a link to an article I wrote last week which was about a local RV rally. This one was a great start but I am far more excited about the other one. I won’t ruin the surprise though so stay posted and it will be up shortly! Working in a place where everyone is a solid 20-40 years older than you makes it hard to suggest things. Change can be scary apparently. This leads to large amounts of frustration on my end and keeping up with the Hammy theme makes me feel like this.

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It is still my first job and I know I am a low lying summer student on the great food chain of the business world but it still can leave you a little discouraged.

Experience Friday…

So this week was better. A lot better actually. It started out pretty slow with mostly boring old filing and things of that nature but by the end of the week the work started to finally pick up. I know when you start a new job you have to prove yourself a little and kinda show that you can actually do all the cool stuff you said you could do in the interview. So I understand why I was bored to tears last week. Its cool, I get it, no hard feelings. So when this week rolled around and I was handed ACTUAL work that was both fun and relatively important I may have done a silent little happy dance or 3…

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I spend most of my days running around the lot taking pictures of RV’s. There was around 25-30 RV’s that had to be photographed and put up on the site. And that doesn’t include all the RV’s that arrive everyday. So it keeps me very very busy, which is nice, you don’t notice the time going buy until its 3 minutes to 5 and they’re trying to kick you out. Then it’s a mad panic to see how many words you can type in 30 seconds, which isn’t many when you take out all the ones that just look like random letters all thrown together.

It is exciting getting the new trailers, especially the one that arrived yesterday morning. Its a really pretty $75,000 dollar one that is bigger than most people’s first apartments. I totally felt like I was going to break it the whole time I was standing in it.

I am starting to get to do more marketing types things. Obviously they didn’t just hand me all the passwords along with the keys to the kingdom but I get to work on body copy for some social media posts and help with suggestions so that’s pretty exciting as well!

Here is a little Ryan Gosling to help you through your Friday!

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