I’m in Omaha with the in-laws, so I figure I’d try to clear out my email backlog while everyone else is asleep or on holiday. I can’t believe the number of replies I’m getting from Googlers! It’s Christmas Eve, for heavens sake–stop working, everyone, so that I can get some work done! I can just imagine Santa dropping down a chimney to find yet another Googler trying to finish off just one more email or review.
This reminds me a lot of Google’s annual ski trip. Like four years ago, a co-worker stayed back at the GooglePlex and she said she got a ton of work done. So three years ago, I stayed back and got a fair amount of work done. Then two years ago, it seemed like several colleagues stayed back at the ‘plex. I didn’t get to go skiing, and my email load stayed the same. Last year, I tried being cunning and acting like I was going to go skiing and tried to get everyone else to go on the trip, then I bailed at the very last minute. My ploy didn’t work, because several people I know did the same thing.
All my past game theory plans have failed, so I give up. This year I’m skiing again.