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Co-workers and keeping a Buddha mind
It's been awhile since I've posted so excuse me first off if I'm a little rusty! Mike's been posting and suggested that I post this issue that I'm currently having at work.
I have a co-worker that is constantly asking me to do things at work that have absolutely nothing at all to do with our job, ex. finding concert tickets online, untangling her little girls necklaces, doing research for a project that only she's involved in (nothing work related) and so on. I am constantly doing things for her that are work related (cause she's really not comfortable with the computer and admits it) like helping her open files, add attachments to emails and help with searching the web. I don't mind those things since they are relevant to what we do, but the other things are simply not important. I've brought it to my boss' attention and told him that when I first started I was less busy than I am now (6 mo. ago) and I was able to do more of those things for her but now I really don't have the time to do these things and while I want to be helpful I just can't stop what I'm doing and heed her call. He totally understood and told me that the next time she asked me to do these things to simply tell her that I don't have the time and to see him if she needed. This is great advice I know, but when she just drops a bag of tangled necklaces on my desk and tells me "she has a project she needs my help with", what am I supposed to say? I don't like not helping people; however, I also don't like having my kindness being taking for granted. I told Mike that I could just take it as a compliment, that she would only ask me to do these things, but it simply doesn't feel that way. Why wouldn't she ask anybody else in the office to do these things for her? I'm not her personal assistant so why appoint me to these tasks?
If anyone has any advice or words on this I would greatly appreciate them.