|Whistle While You Work (Insert Whistling Here)
“Come on get smart, tune up and start
to whistle while you work.”
Larry Morey must have had gigs where deadlines loomed and the workload weighed heavy on his mind. In 1937, he penned the lyrics to the famous pep song for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and, in my opinion, he mops the floor with the modern day work affirmations. The contemporary posters of mountaintops and soaring eagles with a large, all-capped word describing what our character should reflect don’t hold a candle to:
“When there's too much to do,
Don't let it bother you, forget your troubles,
Try to be just like a cheerful chick-a-dee.”
The beauty of our duties here at Wilkinson Brothers, is that we get to draw cartoons, design fun visual communication, cut theme music, edit voice-overs, and illustrate to our heart’s content. We’re thankful for that, but when it starts to pile up things can get stressful. A deadline is a deadline, even if the work is enjoyable. It’s easy to get snarky and bitter during the day... unfortunately, that’ll slow your mo’. What’s the trick to overcome the overwhelmishness? We’re still working on that.
“Just do your best and take a rest
and sing your self a song.”
The verse above does help. When you’ve got your nose to the grindstone make every hour count, but when it’s time to rest, rest! As they say, recharge your batteries. If we go too far in complete exhaustion, sloppiness will set in and that ain’t acceptable. Each time we take a deserved break, away from the computer, we come back with a skip in our step.
“So hum a merry tune (hum the tune here)
It won't take long when there's a song
to help you set the pace.”
A big thing to remember, especially during all this talk of a bad economy, is that there’s definitely joy to find in being swamped with work. Groaning about too much to do is a no-no. A dryspell could be around the corner. So, as the old-timers say, we’re making hay while the sun shines!
“When hearts are high the time will fly
So whistle while you work.”
-Corey Wilkinson, Wilkinson Brothers, Inc.
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