The "What do you REALLY" Do Thread...

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by iGary, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    OK, we can all throw our fancy titles around and make it sound like we do really important amazing things, but at the end of the day its work...

    With that said, what actual activities does your job entail...including the mundane things. What's your daily routine?

    Most of my day is spent writing content for a Web site one of my customers is doing. I basically sit in word processing with a set of charts, Google Earth and the Internet researching and writing about marine locations in the United Sates. Quite boring, really.

    Other than that, I write for a couple of local boating magazines, a sports publication and a small travel magazine in Georgia (again, mostly boring - can you tell I don't like writing anymore?).

    So what is your REAL day like?
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Never the same but mostly doing artwork, taking briefs, organising print quotes, going to meetings (o god, endless meetings), talking to printers and their reps, occasionally fixing the Macs... working through lunch while peeking at MR, that kinda thing.
  3. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    Lol... I spend a large portion of my time detailing out bathroom layouts. Also drawing detail after detail of construction connections and installation methods. I write a lot of correspondence, babysit contractors and consultants who don't want to perform on time, and do a lot of research into the application numbers of buildings and relocatable classrooms.
  4. Josh macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2004
    State College, PA
    I upload a thing or two to our website, make a couple of links, answer some emails, and spend the rest of my time finding interesting things on the internet.

    Being paid to surf the net isn't all it's cracked up to be.
  5. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    Sadly my job title says it all, Senior Lecturer...

    I lecture and I'm a senior member of the lecturing team.

    Everything I do is supporting that role and the courses that we deliver.

    It's a lot of fun sometimes, very tedious others...
  6. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Um. I... click "New Posts" and "User CP." :eek: Read, and post.
  7. MattG macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2003
    Asheville, NC

    My title is "Multimedia Specialist," which is really inaccurate considering all I do. I also handle administrating the student email server, administrating our Blackberry Enterprise Server, and I do a lot of general tech calls, dealing with/fixing dead PCs, imaging computers, a lot of network-administrator type tasks and so forth. What I'm *really* supposed to be doing is Multimedia-related tasks, which in reality takes up the least of my time. Movie/DVD production, streaming video...we are streaming our Graduation Commencement this weekend, and I'm heading that up, so I'm pretty excited. I wish we had more bandwidth so more people could watch, but that's beyond me.
  8. Kardashian macrumors 68020


    Sep 4, 2005
    WinterMute.. Isn't that Eschers eye? I did a final piece in my Photography work, based on it. Sorry if the spellings off! Got all excited when I saw it! lol

    I'm a Student.. involves sitting in the Common Room - listening to music, watching TV, going out every weekend, oh, and St. Tropez :p
  9. amateurmacfreak macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2005
    I go to classes, take tests, copy own homework assignments, copy down notes, go to lunch, have some more class, and then have either PE or study hall depending on if I'm doing a sport or not.
    The life of a middle school student. :eek:
  10. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    I'm independently wealthy. I site around in my underwear (thong!) and scratch myself.

    Give me a minute, I'll post a pic
  11. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    I spend a lot of time in dumb meetings and try to make them call-in ones where possible so I can surf here during them. I code in Java 1-2 hours a day, do web-related application building (so, more programatic than anything you'd see for the consumer web), work at home as often as possible, which allows me to watch The Science Channel and other geeky shows.

    I have the Bookmark Bar set up with the MR recent post link ( as the first entry, so I can just hit ⌘-1 to see the most recent posts. Takes less effort as I'm on the phone sounding interested.
  12. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    i stick people with needles and be on the phone with doctor's offices most of my day.

    Very boring and easy job.
  13. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    Yes it's one of Escher's self portrait works, I wish I could draw like that.

    St. Tropez Huh? Yeah all my students go there all the time, it's like student city down there...:D
  14. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    That more or less sums me up, too – although I suspect I might have to suffer slightly fewer meetings, and my Mac fixing is slightly more than occasional.
  15. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    I'm a University Student who hates university.

    I've been here for five sodding years now, my degree should take three...

    At the moment it's 4:29am and I'm awake cleaning my apartment to within an inch of it's life because my mother who believes that "clean = sterile" whilst I believe that clean = I can see the floor. Oh I also have one more exam which if I pass will give me this bloody degree I've been working so long to get so I can show it to my family and bugger off back to the snow.

    My day usually involves a fair amount of sitting around doing bugger all looking at papers with very important-looking pictures and symbols on them and trying to figure out if the page is upside-down or not. Once I do that I then make notes on what I can determine from the page.

    The highlight of my day is usually going to the mailbox to collect my bills.

    Once a week however, on Sunday morning, I steal an hour or two and I walk down to the beach for breakfast - I live in a wonderful part of the world when you really think about it. I order something I really shouldn't be eating but I don't feel a lick of guilt and I sit, looking over the ocean and read the morning papers from cover to cover over a few coffees. That is, when i can afford to do this which at the moment is very rarely because I can't find a job.

    Once in a blue moon an event comes along where I'll either be too broke/tired/uninterested to drink much or I'll throw caution to the wind and drink myself silly.

    That's about it.
  16. ToddW macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2004
    From Beginning to end for today at least:

    Waved at guard arrived at work:
    Powered up facility.
    Checked Email while drinking coffee and eating banana.
    Responded to emails and wrote weekly status report.
    Answered techncial questions for some guys working in the facility.
    A couple of IM chat sessions popped up about some technical issues that arose the other day that needed to be straightened out.
    Talked about bit patterns an answered some more questions about stuff.
    Looked at some jets take off.
    Picked up some techs at the lobby to fix some dull computers.
    Made sure they didn't make mistakes.
    Finished a perl script.
    Making a database to runs some queries against some data.
    Take dull techs back to lobby.
    Answer some more emails, return some more phone calls.
    Re-install some workstations.

    Pick up son.
    Feed son.
    Kiss wife.
    Eat dinner.
    Watch cartoons with son.
    Tuck son in.
    Batch process some images for a website.
    Make flyer for wife
    Hopefully get in some web page design while listening to mavs game.
    Drink beer while watching fourth quarter.
    Wanting to have sex.
    Wife says no.
    I sleep.

    That is pretty much it.
  17. asphalt-proof macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2003
    I do IQ tests on children for a couple of hours during the day. The rest of the day is spent meeting with teachers and parents, writing reports and surreptiously surfing the internet.
  18. e²Studios macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2005
    I'm not sure what I do but i must be damn good at it cause they pay me for whatever it is that I do...

    El Edito: I do animated cinematography is the best non-technical way to put it. I take the storyboards and give the "cameras" life around the charcters and their environments.

  19. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada

    I think we have the same job.......

    May I suggest E-books..

    I've read many a book at work. Can only surf the net for so long right?
  20. Crager724 macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2005
    God's Country
    I deal, mostly craps. I deal for an hour, take a 20 minute break and then deal for another hour and repeat. I tell my kids I help people play games and when I leave for work at night my kids remind me to "get a lot of money, dad."
  21. calculus Guest


    Dec 12, 2005
    I have a deal with my employer. I pretend to work, they pretend to pay me.
  22. Josh macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2004
    State College, PA
    That's quite a good idea. I'm beginning to think I have come close to seeing all the internet has to offer lol A break would be nice.

    It's a shame I don't have a Mac at work, so I could work through Cocoa/Objective-C (trying to learn that) during the downtime (which is always).
  23. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    That's a very nice deal! LOL! :D
  24. calculus Guest


    Dec 12, 2005
    It keeps us both happy. I figure that the less I do the less I screw up - I wish some of my colleagues thought the same way!
  25. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    London Town
    I'm a law student. I spend most of the day pretending to understand some 120 page case judgement I'm reading (when I know in the end I'm just going to google the case and find out what the hell I was reading actually meant). Then I'll go to a lecture and pretend to understand the lecturer. Then I'll go to a seminar and pretend to find interesting what I pretended to understand, surrounded by people who pretend that they find the law interesting (when in reality mummy and daddy have forced them to take the degree/they want to be rich when they graduate). Then I'll go home and pretend the whole tedious cycle isn't destroying me by getting blind drunk.

    However, it is now summer, so I'm pretending to look for a job :p .

    I wonder why they say never trust a lawyer? ;)

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