What do you do during 'bench time'

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What do you do during 'bench time'

Post by berryd » Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:32 pm

Well - been on the bench for a while since I left my last gainful employment...

Unfortunately I'm now hooked on Deal or no deal with Noel and his evil banker side-kick

If you are outside of the UK you are very very lucky not to have this satan's tool twice a day :(

Dear God I'm so sorry for any wrong-doing!!! please let me go back to work
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Re: What do you do during 'bench time'

Post by Craig » Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:21 pm

Get totally involved in a hobby. Set a very high goal. If u bike, vow to pedal 100 miles a day for 7 days straight. If you hike, plan a long two week hike. Volunteer somewhere. Write a book on something u know. Take a course at a college night school program. Cut a neighbors grass, weed a seniors garden. Volunteer to work free with a collegue u know to learn a new skill set. Offer your skills to a non-profit. Learn a new hobby u normally wouldn't, take banjo lessons, drum lessons. Figure out how to carve. Go walk a road and pick up the trash along it.

No offense, but if you don't want to watch the Telly, there is no need to.

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Re: What do you do during 'bench time'

Post by berryd » Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:35 pm

I hang (better word than bend) my head in shame :roll:

I've been 'doing up' an old boat over the last 4 months and one part was restoring the 240v/tv reception which drew me to this evil program.

I agree - all of your other options are way superior to my watching Noel and the Pilgrims but I just found it so.....grrrrr...

That and the cows during the intervals

I admit to be being so shallow that real interests are too complicated for me now - maybe I will move to workflow instead of security and auths...
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Re: What do you do during 'bench time'

Post by Jim B » Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:45 pm

I am learning to fly a glider. Until things pick up, not much work, so needed to do something. It is both tranquil and exhilarating, although usually not both at the same time. And lots of study in between, learning about clouds, winds etc.

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Re: What do you do during 'bench time'

Post by bgamble » Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:12 pm

If you have bench time, you should go and take on some training. The market is heating up and if you cant find a contract in this environment, you skill set my not be marketable enough.

Go get a job slacker
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Re: What do you do during 'bench time'

Post by Jim B » Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:37 pm

bgamble,

in my environment I expect the work to pick up nicely about a month after the 21st of August. Until then, bugger all will happen, so I am concentrating on the important things in life, which, at the moment, are power flying and gliding. The powered plane I am learning on has a broken rubber band at the moment, so until the new engine arrives, is installed, and signed off, gliding it is.

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Re: What do you do during 'bench time'

Post by Baz » Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:11 am

i have had one bench day in 3.5 years! and that was because they were arguing over which project to send me on....

i am dreading any more though... the wife will dig up all sorts of jobs for me to do....

if you want an idea... learn how to be a plasterer.... then you can skim the walls in my house.. :lol:
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Re: What do you do during 'bench time'

Post by darkduck » Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:48 am

Baz wrote:the wife will dig up all sorts of jobs for me to do....
U R not alone... :lol:

Though, I had similar issue in the past "what do you do during 'bench time' in the office?" :(
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Re: What do you do during 'bench time'

Post by muhnkee_2 » Fri Aug 13, 2010 3:06 am

i like to go on marathon online gaming sessions, if its lucky enough to be combined with my wife travelling for work, then i can usually manage to play games for at least 20 hours in a day!

but saying that, the last time i was on the bench was 2006, so its really a faded memory of the good old days!
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Re: What do you do during 'bench time'

Post by Snowy » Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:16 am

darkduck wrote:
Baz wrote:the wife will dig up all sorts of jobs for me to do....
U R not alone... :lol:

Though, I had similar issue in the past "what do you do during 'bench time' in the office?" :(

Oh no, don't talk about the notorious TO-DO list my wife gives me every Spring.

The problem is that To-Do list keeps on having new items added up all the time. so, it is impossible to complete it!

ARGGHH!!!!

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Re: What do you do during 'bench time'

Post by The Prince Of Darkness » Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:28 am

You need to implement MM - Mrs. Management

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Re: What do you do during 'bench time'

Post by Seany » Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:32 am

If you have access to the Internet and alchol your free time is taken care of.
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Re: What do you do during 'bench time'

Post by Jim B » Thu Sep 02, 2010 5:53 am

Well, the new contract starts soon, but it will interfere with my gliding. Another few days playing with planes - but then the bastards want me to work.

bgamble (SAPCareer Agony Aunt), what should I do?

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Re: What do you do during 'bench time'

Post by bgamble » Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:15 am

My only advice, Quit early and often.

I started a new project in the States 3 weeks ago. Monday they came around and told everyone that the project was moving to Beijing after the first 5 weeks.

Believe it or not, they were surprised when I quit yesterday. These mutha fu*kers are CRAAAAAAZZZZY
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Re: What do you do during 'bench time'

Post by patricks » Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:30 am

berryd wrote:Well - been on the bench for a while since I left my last gainful employment...
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