The Joy Of Spreadsheets

Today I was sat in a meeting.  I actually had quite a few today which shouldn’t be a big deal but for the fact I’ve been declining a few and / or suggesting that they invite someone who might be doing the work coming from them.

The meeting started and about 10 minutes in we heard another beep on the phone line indicating that someone else had joined.  A voice piped in introducing themselves and apologising for being late – “the downside of doing two jobs at once”.

Normally, because of how we all work where I’m currently employed, I would have thought nothing of it except to offer a sarcastic, “Sorry, I think I can here the sound of a violin playing in the distance!”  However, this wasn’t a normal circumstance because the new job that this person is doing was mine.

Whatever I think about my redundancy, a little bit more tact would have gone a long way.  Complaining about being overworked because you now have to do the work someone else was doing before losing their job is a little harsh.

That was early in the day, so I busied myself with one of my favourite things to do at work – Excel.  I love spreadsheets, perhaps irrationally.  I’m not sure I would call myself a power-user (not knowing really what one of those is) but I’m pretty good and there isn’t much I can’t do using standard functions.

I started building a form to make life a bit easier for some of the people who have to take another piece of work for after I leave.  Part of it is making content and options change dynamically, and part of the fun of that is conditional formatting.  For the uninitiated, that’s when you make text change colour depending on something else, for example.

The thing about conditional formatting is that it doesn’t feel like work!  It feels like colouring in.  Occasionally I get to use Paint at work (I can’t remember what for now, but I know I have!) and I kind of feel the need to do it quickly like I’m wasting someone’s time because, with what I do, drawing stuff isn’t really a necessity.

And time flew.  It’s true what they say that if you do something you enjoy you never have to work another day in your life.  I’m not saying that Excel is the way forward, but it gives me some ideas.  I wonder if the person who gets my work is thinking the same thing.

This is your wake up call
Your chance to change it all
No hope that you change it
You hear alarm bells sound
It’s time to turn it round
I’m trying to save you

You say that it’s all you got
When you know it’s not
Your fingers are crossed
4 leaf clover for luck if
Hard work pays off
I guess that you’re broke

Woah oh, you know, you gotta work for it
Woah oh, you know, you gotta work for it

I don’t mean to offend
I say this as a friend
Something is missing
I want to make this clear
Something you need to hear
Why won’t you listen?

Woah oh, you know, you gotta work for it
Woah oh, you know, you gotta work for it
Woah oh, you know, you gotta work for it
Woah oh, you know, you gotta work for it
Work for it

You say that it’s all you got
When you know it’s not
Your fingers are crossed
4 leaf clover for luck if
Hard work pays off
I guess that you’re broke

You say that you gave it a shot
But your goal wasn’t cut
The door has shut
Got no keys to unlock ’cause
You get what you give
And you ain’t got shit

Woah oh, you know, you gotta work for it

Work For It by Lower Than Atlantis

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