Notes reveal what workers write to look busy while the boss talks

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Bullet points, question marks, underlining and a couple of impressive looking equations. 

These are the methods used by one cheeky office worker to appear engaged in front of his boss during a mundane meeting.

The bored employee uploaded a copy of the hilarious handwritten notes he took during a conference to Reddit on Wednesday so others could learn how simple it is to fool you employer into thinking you’re a productive member of staff.

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The bored employee has uploaded a copy of the hilarious handwritten notes he took during a conference

‘Pretend to pay attention and look like you’re writing important things even though it’s all BS,’ he scrawled on a note pad.

‘Indentation and bullet points are always a nice touch,’ he added.

After sitting and listening for another ten minutes, the officer worker jotted down some numbers and equations so it appeared he was paying close attention.

He had several other pointers about how underlining, using question marks and drawing arrows made your notes look legitimate from afar.

‘To emphasize when something important is said make sure to underline s**t and draw arrows to appear to make connections.

‘Insert humble question mark to make note of something to look into later.’

After sitting and listening for another ten minutes, the officer worker jotted down some numbers and equations so it appeared he was paying close attention (stock photo)
After sitting and listening for another ten minutes, the officer worker jotted down some numbers and equations so it appeared he was paying close attention (stock photo)

His last piece of advice was to make sure you jam some writing into the margins  to ‘avoided having to fill up more than one page’.

‘I can’t wait until working in traditional offices are a thing of the past and working remotely from my bed becomes standard,’ the man added.

Reddit users were quick to draw comparisons to their own ‘waste of time’ meetings, while others said the man should have used his time to be more productive.

‘Seriously, I don’t know how many “mandatory” meetings I have that are better suited to be email or on the company messenger,’ one user wrote.

‘I did that once too! Wrote something like “just writing things down so it looks like I’m paying attention”. I still have the notebook at work,’ commented another.

The writer of another note, obtained by Daily Mail Australia, appears to have taken the man’s advice, using dot points to jot down what a waste of time his hour and a half meeting was.

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‘Projector not working – standard. Good start.’

‘No one is listening to you mate…. bla bla bla,’ he wrote.

He then took down the date of a quality audit with a short reminder to ‘chuck a sickie’ that day.

‘That’s it. Great. 1.5 hours gone,’ he wrote, marking the end of the meeting.

The unidentified officer worker sat through another unbearable meeting on Thursday and compiled a sassy account of what was said after wasting some time while he waited for his boss to arrive.

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‘Oh yeah, 10 minutes still waiting for directors to arrive.’

‘No worries, plenty of time, got nothing else to do,’ he wrote.

He slammed one man for his ‘boring’ contribution, asking ‘how does this relate to my project?’

‘Wow this guy is putting people to sleep. Seriously.’ he said, adding that he was the only one in the meeting who bothered to take notes.

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