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Proof of Productivity

Thursday, September 28, 2006

I have to prepare an annual report for work, meaning that I have to brag about myself and describe all the wonderful things I've done over the past year. Explain my productivity, so that the higher ups don't think I've wasted my time just thinking and being all academic all year long. I hate doing this kind of thing, because it involves bragging about myself and self-promotion, which I despise. I would much rather just get into the trenches and put my head down and work my ass off without having to come up for air and explain what it is that I've done. The only people who really need to worry about this kind of thing are the non-workers, and there are plenty of those. Rest assured, I am not one. The problem with this kind of exercise is that you can make yourself look on paper, like you've been very productive, even if you haven't.

I would like to sum it all up in a sentence or two...something along the lines of...Dr. C has acheived great success in research and publications, while at the same time being able to spend quality time with her family, had loads of fun, not gotten to the point that she is so stressd out that she had to take stress leave from said employment, oh, yes, had a baby, cared for her children, played lots of board games, had heaps of fun meeting bloggers and chatting back and forth with them. Gardened, partied, played and ate, mothered and spoused, and don't you worry, employer, she did a shitload of work to boot.
Back to the real thing...as tempting as that is.

  1. Blogger Eric said:

    Next year you could keep a work log. That way you can save yourself the trouble or at least make it easier.

    Don't kill yourself too much! ^_^

  1. Blogger x said:

    good luck! erikku is right, and at the end of the year you will just copy paste. xx

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Now that is my kind of report! I love this photo btw...very fresh ;o)

  1. Blogger Pat Paulk said:

    Glad I left that world behind. Seems if they don't already know you did a "shitload" of work, they're not doing their job. I vote for this one.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I keep a log, and it certainly helps! But somehow putting it all together is aggravating.

    Copying and pasting...

    Thank you, and thank you :)

    I think that they do know. It's just one of those hoops, and I'm jumping.

  1. Blogger Trundling Grunt said:

    Well, sounds to me that you *did* have a productive year. I hate doing performance summaries like that - I used to know a guy who was pretty bone idle. At review time he was asked how he felt he had done that year and always answered "I did a fantastic job this year". His rationale was that attack was the best form of defence. I could not lie so bald-faced.

  1. Blogger sophie said:


    i am humbled:)

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    Is there a specific lenght for this report?

    Could you not just dump all your research, and rough draft on their desk and say, 'Here ya go, mate!'?

  1. Blogger HORIZON said:

    Just dropped by from Pea's blog. Sounds like you're a busy woman so just......... BRAG. Get it out, post the letter/hand it over and then come home to your family. :)

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    your right they might not apprechiate it as much as we do.

  1. Blogger Meow (aka Connie) said:

    Wow, you sure are a busy girl.
    Good luck with the report.
    Have a fab-o weekend.
    Take care, Meow

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    I say turn that one in ;)

    Those grapes look lovely.


  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    I just finished doing exactly that: a report of what I've done in the last year. Where does one draw the line between bragging and being too modest? It was tough at and it resulted of an amount of over 160 pages :P

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    That sounds like a good year! It sort of reminds me of having to do a resume...I'd much rather know the story of the person and the things he or she did than some wordy list of accomplishments.

    Speaking of which...I'm thinking I need to dust off my resume here :(

  1. Blogger Bob said:

    I was always taught that self praise was no recomendation. I think someone must have moved the goal posts when I wasn't looking though because it seems to me that the ones shouting the odds with the biggest mouths are the ones who get the breaks these days even if can't back up half of what they boast. I'm like you though, I just want to get on with it and show I can do it rather than say I can do it. Trouble is getting the initial break. I like you blog - is good.

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