A year of work in progress – day 201

Day 201 – 24 November 2014

Recognition at last. I’ve joined the ranks of the most influential people in the North East according to the Journal. OK, I was on page fifty five of a sixty six page pull out and I was only in it because I Tweet a lot but it’s a start. I have become a member of the local Twitterati . I don’t think that this is something that I have set out to achieve (notoriety and all that) but others may have a different opinion. Who knows what dizzy heights lie ahead?

I didn’t have that much on today. A whole host of meetings turned out to be a series of updates. One or two even got postponed. I even had a sickness related cancellation. Still, there is always plenty to be getting on with. Lee and I have been working on this round of presentations which start on Friday. It doesn’t matter how far ahead you start these things, there is always a rush for information at the end. I think this is partly because the picture is constantly changing and we want to include the latest news but also because as humans our focus is usually on the immediate. Why do what can wait until tomorrow when you have plenty of things that need to be done today?

I also had a report that I needed to finish for a meeting on Thursday. It is about business continuity planning and Steve had done the first draft. Between us we managed to knock it into a decent shape. Ros provided me with the first look at a document to remove paper from our committee process. I’m not sure that we will ever achieve such a nirvana but it looks like the technology at least is available.

I used the rest of the time to dig into the background pile of work that never fully goes away. I’m on top of most things, or at least I keep them at bay but have decided to take a new approach to my email. What I have been doing is managing the number and keeping my inbox to less than fifty. It is on thirty four as I write this. But this means that I concentrate on the easiest first, those that I can make a snap response to or simply delete. What I should be doing is concentrating on the oldest first. These are the ones that I’ve put off. The oldest in my inbox is from 10 October which is not horrendous but still too long a time. The more you leave emails the more difficult it becomes to reengage with the subject. I’ll give it a whirl.

Before I knew it, the day had gone.

Learning points for today: New technology is usually cheaper than old technology; I may be paying too much; going round a hill is normally easier than going over it; if you want to write a report, start with an old one and; everyone is entitled to feel unloved some days.

Today’s enjoyment rating 7/10 – a bit too quiet.

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