Entry 156: Meta Gaming
The act of accomplishing a task while completing an aformentioned task at the same time is one of the sweetest victories in life, i.e. two birds with one stone, as they say.
Driving to work and listening to an audio book is close enough to reading while driving, yet safer. Playing video games with a podcast in the background is also as rewarding, and it becomes even more meta when I find myself playing a driving game. I also do paperwork and the dishes with a live stream of the newest tech being announced.
Whenever I focus on a sigular task, I end up trying to accomplish another task at the same time, within reason. One of those tasks that cannot be apart of a multi-tasking endeavor is working at your job, lest you wind up underperforming on other people's time and money. But that all changed a few days ago...
At Amazon, my main tasking is scanning packages to designated areas, with speed and accuracy in mind. Typically, a coworker and I keep each other in check, like battle buddies. We only converse during breaks, because we both value the work ethic that Amazon expects from us. As such, we resort to a simple and rudimentary form of communication while working:
Obviously, we do not go all out and start running and gunning as if we were children high on kool-aid at Six Flags, because the best thing about multi-tasking and this meta game is accomplishing two tasks as one.
I'm certain no one even notices our sleight of hand actions, because the act in itself almost looks like we are scanning per usual, and we tend to quicken our pace to tag the other before getting tagged, which in turn helps us work faster.
The trick is simple: I have a wrist scanner while my coworker has a tagging gun. As we are employed to do so, we pick up packages and scan each one to its repective location. However, while we our on route to our individual pallets, any sudden eye-contact with each other signals a western-stlye quickdraw, which involves only a slight wrist rotation and the desired result of laser tag is achieved.
The end result over in a fraction of a second; the faster quickdraw wins that round, only to lose the next round when that person is not paying attention or draws too slow. Our meta game of working at a faster-than-normal pace helps us stay on task, and the day goes by much faster - an added perk. Even our scan rates are consistantly above average, and by sticking to this non-verbal communication prevents us from conversing with others, which would lead to undesireable results.