I know I’m not alone.

I hate group projects, and so do you. I even hate group work. In fact, today we had the shortest, easiest group work in the world, and I managed to hate half my group.

I don’t really want to talk about it. On top of which this is the internet, and you never know for sure who might be reading. I’ll just say that I’ve had the (dis)pleasure of working with one of these people in the past, and found it to be equally frustrating. Not to say that there is anything wrong with the actual person/people, just that I plan to avoid working with them at all costs. Shouldn’t be hard.

On top of that, I am extremely good at reminding myself–in front of large groups of people with whom I interact on a daily basis–that I can hardly ever phrase my thoughts verbally so that they make any amount of sense, and that I can be incredibly awkward socially.

The point is that I am now in an abysmal mood. I plan to spend the rest of my day sipping tea, reading for classes, and pretending that I am not in an abysmal mood. Good luck trying to find me, because I’m NOT HERE.

4 Responses to “I know I’m not alone.”

  1. Doctor Ernie Says:

    Long-distance Ernie snuggles and schloops!

  2. kayak woman Says:

    sigh. No, you are not alone. But I am cautiously optimistic about my current group.

    As shy as I am, I have learned that I am a good project manager, and I push myself to take on that role!

    Being a project manager does not always mean dictating what has to be done, unless someone gets off the track or refuses to understand the project scope or keep themself in the loop, etc. If you are on top of everything going on and know where all the documents, artwork, whatever are, people will look to you for information and whoever has the information these days tends to hold the keys to success for the entire group. Also it is good to learn the strengths and weaknesses of each group member and try to encourage them to do what they do best and support them otherwise. Whether you like them personally or not. And *you* know how to do that, little rodent. Not all kids your age, or even most adults, can do that.

    And I don’t care who’s reading this. You are one of the best. I am only yer pore ol’ tired moom but I am NOT the only person who says that. You know who some of the others are.

  3. kayak woman Says:

    Anyway, you’ve never had to do group work with DDRG.

  4. Dog Momster Says:

    That goes double, re having to work with groups. Having been the “dumping ground” for *another* Project Manager for many-many moons, personalities can be the toughest part to manage (yeah, unfortunately, they DO play a role in getting stuff done *sigh*).

    PS, there’s a “Doctor Ernie” comment out there waiting for moderation…or deletion…as you so desire.

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