Just like in the video games we play, there is a constant battle of my time between playing video games and doing some sort of work. When crossing the battlefield of time wasters, who will be King of the Hill?
The Battle of the Bad Back: My lower back is constantly hurting me. But what is the cause? Mostly the bad front, but what puts more strain on it? Working for 8 hours, I used to have to sit for hours doing complicated things like typing, and reading boring things on screens and answering things like phones, stupid questions and meeting requests. When playing video games, I can sit comfortably in nice chair, lay slightly down with a pillow, or wear comfortable things like sweats, that fit just perfectly, so which one wins the Battle of Bad Back?
The Battle of Productivity: At work, I was constantly being asked to do things that weren’t my job (except under the little stipulation of “other duties as assigned”), but really no one ever assigned them to me, so technically I should never have done them. Then there was attending meetings? Productive? Not so much. Unless, I was somehow learning something, or finding out new information for me to directly help a customer, this would fall under negative productivity, because work I was actually supposed to be doing was sitting undone, while I was listening to others drone on about something that would never help them or me. Video games productivity? Well, I am constantly learning new ways to problem solve, I am learning manual dexterity, and by constantly working at something, I gain achievements, and I am reaching to higher heights.
The Boss Battles: At every job, you have some sort of boss. Some person you work for 8 hours or more a day. You don’t get to choose who they are, and you don’t get to understand their personality before starting a job. A lot of times, the boss changes pretty soon after you start, creating a sort of false advertising. You spend your life either trying to suck up to this individual, or trying to avoid them. Trying to prove yourself to them, or rebelling against them while trying to keep your job. They have this power to make your life miserable and lots of times do. They hold the power of raises in their unsteady hands. In video games, you have the chance to confront them head to head. They are standing in your way. They have weak spots, and you can exploit them. And if you don’t, you often times die. But luckily in video games, you have the chance to respawn and learn more about the bosses. And get more power ups to help you defeat them. And when you beat them, you always get a crap ton of gold, and silver, treasures, maps, and even more power ups (ie a hefty raise).
So what do you guys think? Who wins the Bitter Battles? What ways does work win? What ways do video games win? What other ways do video games and work battle?
Bitter Video Game Battle Ben