Saturday, 19 July 2008

The Flower of the Day

Wild Lilly-of-the-Valley

I've been back at work for one week. My holidays seem so far away yet it is only 7 days since we arrived home. It has been a very busy week. I managed to complete April and close the books. This was delayed as I had to first sort all my mail and enter the invoices and make a cheque run. This took me 2 1/2 days to complete. Once I closed April I began working on the May Journal Entries.

I now have one week to complete May and June ready for submission. It will mean working extra time in the evenings and next week-end. I worked today for a few hours and may go in tomorrow. Dead-lines are very important, but this is the first year that I have had one at the first quarter; usually the government give us a break, and don't require a submission until the 2nd quarter. In the past they have taken into consideration the audit and summer vacations; things change; and now we have a 1st quarter submission by July 30th; I'm hoping that we have been granted am extension.

I've always prided myself on keeping up with dead-lines, but this past year that did not happen. I don't believe there was any month that I wasn't struggling to meet the necessary closing date. Much of the time it has not been my fault, I'm the employee that receives from other departments and if they are late then I'm late.

There was a time when I enjoyed work but that has long gone. It's amazing what a difference it makes when you have to work. When there is absolutely no other choice; you work because you must. While it was because I wanted to work for a short while, I looked at it as a challenge; but as time has gone by, work load has increased and the reason for my working has changed; I enjoy my job less and less.

My vacation did help to pull me back from being stressed and at breaking point. Now with renewed energy I believe I can meet the necessary new deal-line. Of course I also have at least another week of holidays, if not two, to come. At least the last two weeks away were not all the vacation time I shall have.

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