I was working as a freelance Marketing Associate with an agency. My manager needed a large number of detailed, multipage SEO data analysis reports created for small business clients within a couple of weeks.
The tasks were monotonous, required a lot of proofreading, and no errors could be made.
Manager: How's it going on the reports? You saw the examples of how I want them to look, right?
Me: These reports are more detailed than I thought they would be, but I'm making progress.
Manager: How long is it taking you to create each report?
Me: An hour and a half for each report.
Manager: It should only take you 30 minutes!
I hadn't even mentioned that I also needed some time to recover my mental energy after each report since I was focusing pretty intensely. This should have been apparent to the Manager, who was also aware that I had many other tasks on my plate simultaneously.
I am starting to think this will be a hellish next 2 weeks…