No matter how disciplined you are and how much you like to keep to the straight and narrow path, everyone has their limits. At some point, you’ll be exhausted and faced with such a huge workload, you won’t be able to pull through if you don’t get a bit… creative.

Twitter user Rohit from Mumbai asked his followers to share the random scams that they’ve pulled at work to lessen the load and help them relax. And, wow, did they deliver. Have a read through them below and let us know what you think of them. Have you ever had to hustle your way through a work or school day? Share your thoughts with all the other Pandas in the comments.

These small tricks are a bit in the moral grey area, but they’re bound to help you pull through at work or in school if you’re ever backed into a corner. Don’t overuse them, though, Pandas—shortcuts are only temporary solutions to emergencies. I firmly believe that being able to work hard no matter the circumstances is what truly helps you grow, at the end of the day. (But having some sort of a safety net isn’t too bad, either.)

I reached out to standup comedian and writer Rohit who was kind enough to learn more about the inspiration behind his Twitter post. "I generally do ask people questions from time to time on my Twitter profile. This was one of the first projects I ever worked on in my professional career, way back in 2012, so it's always memorable," he told Bored Panda.

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Julie C Rose
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1 year ago

At my company we just tell them we can’t, or in rare cases we charge them double and get overtime pay.

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third molar
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1 year ago

Wow Badass!!

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JennyLaRue
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1 year ago

On the other hand, the boss might just think you're unable to grasp what he was asking and might've given up trying.

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Rohit told me that he didn't think that his post would get this much attention on Twitter. However, he was glad that it did. "It was interesting to see so many people sharing similar stories," he said.

I was curious to find out Rohit's stance on hustling and relying on scams vs. working hard and fair all the time. In his opinion, there's a time and a place for both of these philosophies. You have to have both of them in your arsenal and apply them as needed based on the situation you're in.

"I think one should try to do their best, however, there are times where you deal with unreasonable expectations and constant 'changes' which can bring morale down so this was one way to overcome that for me," he explained.

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boredpanDaman
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1 year ago

LoL! perfect!

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boredpanDaman
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1 year ago

"look, danger!"... weird how it always works..

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Philip Devine
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1 year ago

I had a friend who worked in a company where if you booked a meeting room they would make sure there was tea, coffee and biscuits laid out before you arrived. So almost every week, he would book a meeting with himself for late Friday afternoon. Then he would spend the last few hours before the weekend relaxing and snacking in the meeting room.

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Rohit’s thread quickly got the attention of people on Reddit and amassed over 7k likes and over 700 retweets. People were very open about the random scams that they pulled at work and at school which just goes to show that these shortcuts might be more common than we might think.

The problem with these tricks, shortcuts, and scams is that you might get used to them being a part of your daily life. Eventually, given enough time, they might become a habit or even a crutch that you keep relying on even though there’s no need. And any semblance of hard work and its benefits goes out the window. Though, as Rohit pointed out to us, sometimes it's necessary to take shortcuts.

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Samantha Lomb
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1 year ago

students do this with essays too

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Vicky Zar
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1 year ago

Wouldn't anyone notice that he kept getting hurt the same way all the time?

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 year ago

Hope she didn’t leave anything in it. A couple times over the years, at a couple different companies, I’ve had stuff stolen out of my purse while I was still in the office (but had gone to the bathroom, or was stuck in a meeting).

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Sure, using shortcuts means that you’ll have more free time for yourself, but on the flip side, that means that you’re no longer putting in the effort to excel at your job. Of course, that could mean that it might be time for a career change or to start being more proactive and showing initiative.

‘Hired’ explains that we might feel like we’re unchallenged at work because of both the company we work at and due to individual reasons. Figuring out where the problem lies is the first step to reenergizing your work life.

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Stille20
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1 year ago

That's risky and concerning that the editor isn't actually reading it.

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Fester Sixonesixonethree
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1 year ago

A prof told my class we could use notes printed both sides on any 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper for our final exam. I used a 6 point font and tiny margins - got most of my notes on that sheet. :) I was the only one who aced the test.

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1 year ago

Client feels like you aren't hearing them and finds a new vender

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If you start taking initiative to learn new things, grow within the company, and show some ambition, your actions are bound to get noticed by your coworkers. This might lead to overall greater job satisfaction as you take on more and new responsibilities.

Have an honest and open chat with your team and your manager about your role at the company. Without dialogue, you can’t expect things to change much. Set out your expectations and ask your coworkers for some advice on how to get a bit of energy back into your workday. After all, if you’re truly passionate about your work, you won’t be looking for shortcuts.

Instead, you’ll be enjoying the ride and using the opportunity to better yourself. (Though also having a hustle mentality can be helpful in a pinch when the going gets extremely tough!)

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 year ago (edited)

He was obviously not paying too much close attention. That’s on him. Though it’s too bad too many bosses are like this. How TF do they get the jobs on the first place?

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Jo Choto
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1 year ago

And when it's being used and it expands and damages everything?

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Julie C Rose
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1 year ago

This is a good way to embarrass yourself at my company. If we find out you’re sending stuff at 2am, we’ll have a lot of questions about how you ended up in that situation and what’s in your schedule over the next few days. We also have paid overtime, so if you make it look like you worked nonstop from 6pm to 2am, either the truth will be revealed in your overtime file and you’ll look ridiculous for lying, or you’ll be defrauding the company. This whole thing is completely cringe to me.

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 year ago

Sometimes a better intro and conclusion make all the difference. To the boss.

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Samantha Lomb
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1 year ago

The many reasons I no longer give page or word count requirements

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Samantha Lomb
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1 year ago

That is ridiculously petty on the profs part

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Valisbourne Spiritforge
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1 year ago

This runs right up next to "You aren't senior enough for me to listen too". I see this in companies all the time. Costs them lots of money too, as ideas/recommendations are ignored until, weeks/months later a senior member "thinks" of it on their own.

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FrankStellar
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1 year ago

Client wanted new ideas, but I don't have any.

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third molar
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1 year ago

Hehehe

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James016
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1 year ago

TPS reports by any chance?

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Kira Okah
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1 year ago

They know this one too, and changing the file type to corrupt the opening. Another thing that got several people in my postgrad fails.

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Philip Devine
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1 year ago

Yup - if there's one word that describes why the human race never has - and never will - reach its full potential, that word is: 'Meetings'

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R L
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1 year ago (edited)

If you hover over the red dot, it clearly states 'do not disturb'. If the person was actually presenting, it would say so. This person, and the people they work with, have obviously not picked this up.

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Shelli Aderman
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1 year ago

Isn’t that why they’re called, “Standard forms?” 🤷🏽‍♀️

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boredpanDaman
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1 year ago

LOL!

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Eric Law
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1 year ago

(Before testing) "Our new plane can go 300 MPH!" (after testing) "Our new plane can go 275 MPH!"

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boredpanDaman
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1 year ago

but.... noo

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Chrissy Neibarger
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1 year ago

So plagiarism?

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