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What do you do while you’re at work?

by Jordan Ficklin

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It may seem like a silly question, but what do you do while you work? Many jobs require your concentration. For example when I was writing computer programs I would become so enveloped in my work that I could think about nothing else, in fact even hunger sometimes escaped me. You can ask my wife, she’ll tell you that I’m in ga-ga land when I’m programming.

Watchmaking does require me to focus and concentrate on my work, but there are also many parts of what I do which are very rote. I am often able to think about other things while working. I’m not usually solving the world’s problems, but sometimes I solve my own. Today I considered the awful task of trying to purchase a new car. Yuck! I have a plan now. I’ll develop it further over the coming days and execute it with success, I hope.

Just be careful to give enough attention to your work that you don’t make any mistakes.

Watchmaking can in fact be a lonely job for this reason. If you’re not in a retail environment, as I am, and you aren’t constantly interrupted by sales people and co-workers you may start talking to yourself and getting lost in your own head because of the nature of the job. That is one of the reasons I like the retail environment. I’m never alone with myself for too long ;)

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