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Post by Grendel » Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:14 pm

My daughter is 14 and is fully cognitive that to get money working for it is a route to go down. As a result she has done ironing and the like and last week tried cutting my hair. He had also expressed a desire to try her hand at decorating. I'd started the kitchen but " hadn't got round to finishing it" and she said she'd do it. To be fair to her the results of painting the two walls weren't too bad , the cutting in was decent and not a great deal of mess and she cleaned the brushes and roller .However, i think she's decided that decorating isn't going to be her chosen profession . Afterwards she said to me " i never realised just how boring painting is , i couldn't see me doing that day after day" . I must have a higher threshold for boredom , i don't find it that boring , a bit repetitive and there's probably better things to do perhaps but not that bad surely.
Anybody find their job boring?
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Post by someone-else » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:26 pm

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Post by dewaltdisney » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:53 pm

I think the young confuse boredom with impatience. Any job that is slow and methodical does not fit in with the high speed activity that youngsters are brainwashed into with social media and the like. I think the older you are you may well have done lots of things that require patience and perseverance. It allows you to zone out of a slow and repetitive task that you know needs doing but will not be rewarding or satisfying when complete. Work is dull and that is why you are paid to do it. It is either a job that someone cannot do through a lack of skill or they simply cannot face doing themselves but have the money to pay.

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Post by Job and Knock » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:26 pm

Grendel wrote:
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Anybody find their job boring?
I sometimes find my job repetitive, but not often that boring because when I'm doing that sort of stuff I tend to be thinking about how I can make the task more efficient, or faster (or both). The one-off tasks I often find interesting because they generally require a bit more thought. Oddly enough on many projects those sort of oddball (awkward) tasks tend to gravitate towards me - but at least that means I'm left alone to "do my own thing". I find wall painting to be quite soothing - like a sort of chewing gum for the mind - because I can partly switch off and consider other things whilst I'm rollering the emulsion on.
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Post by Grendel » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:57 pm

DWD you are probably onto something there. She spent about two and a half hours on the work so at least she didn't lose concentration straight away . Still she's a teenager at the end of the day.
I know what you mean as well j&k . Most of my work has been varied and i suppose with the added variety of even if it's the same job it was often in. a different location. Funnily enough i tended to have awkward jobs pushed towards me . I was sent to one job for the site agent to tell me that they had a really awkward job so he'd asked for me. I suppose it was a comp!iment .
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Post by Rorschach » Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:14 am

I wouldn't say painting is boring, especially if you have someone to chat with or the radio on, however I wouldn't call it interesting or exciting either. I much prefer jobs that involve some problem solving.
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Post by dewaltdisney » Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:00 am

How do kids learn patience. I think building Airfix kits as a boy helped me, I would spend hours happily making up the kits. Probably today it is playing video games that teaches patience. You have to go back and start again when 'killed' and it takes a form of perseverance I guess. I think decorating is not particularly rewarding, unless you are refurbing, as if you are only freshening of brightening a room there is not a lot of perceived gain. Possibly if you are going over the awful burgundy and terracotta paint with something lighter , that would be a stark difference and a gain.

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Post by wine~o » Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:03 pm

Seems to me that a lot of young 'uns can't concentrate on anything for more than 15 minutes, I blame the BBC and teletubbies and the like...
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Post by Dave54 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:47 pm

I've found that as I've got older I find it hard to concentrate for long on anyt
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Post by Grendel » Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:25 pm

Rorschach wrote:
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I wouldn't say painting is boring, especially if you have someone to chat with or the radio on, however I wouldn't call it interesting or exciting either. I much prefer jobs that involve some problem solving.
She says that she soon picked up on the idea of having music on and only stopped a couple of times for a quick dance. To be honest she has persurvered with the dancing since a early age and is pretty decent at it. I find it's possible to actually listen to the radio rather than it just being background noise and the lack of noise means it's possible to listen to the spoken word such as a play.
I'd agree decorating can't be described as exciting but i think at times it can be interesting. For many years i worked with a decorator who had a number of nicknames one of which was mr perfect and i'd say at least some of the work was interesting. Not walloping out a room but he could grain , gold leaf , mix paint and make a piece of ply look like a two hundred year old weathered stone and pretty much anything else in that line.. When my daughter was about five i painted a princess on her bedroom wall and when mr perfect complimented how i had done the folds of the dress i felt well chuffed.
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Post by Bob225 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:59 pm

I would rather watch paint dry than have to watch/listen to football/snooker/golf, P&D take a certain mindset, But you get to a point in life when its easier to get some t!t in a van around :wink:

Grendal your daughter will no doubt perfect her painting technique even if its just the war paint and nails
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