Yesterday I posted a quick update about the RWD conversion I’m working on for for the main website.
In this post there was a titbit which eluded to my ‘day-to-day-job’ stuff – this is the work I do as part of my role that isn’t really design or development or learning new things or making things or fixing things or anything else (I could go on….).
I think of it as ‘getting on with business’ and this has been the week so far.
This week has been a prime example of ‘getting on with business’ – I came back from a weeks leave on Monday with an overflowing inbox and a handful of messages that needed following up. This took pretty much the whole of Monday and some of Tuesday morning. The work was mainly broken down into:
- Replying to emails
- Organising meetings
- Taking phone calls
- Adding news items to Intranet & website
- Setting up and auditing new Intranet editors
- Fixing problems that had arisen while I was away
Tuesday was slightly different because I only had a few hours in the office before I left for Manchester to attend the Public Sector Communications Awards for which I was nominated for ‘Best Public Sector Website’ (spoiler, I didn’t win, these guys did).
This time out of the office meant I was even more behind with all of my ‘day-to-day-job’ stuff and any design/dev time I had scheduled was quickly slipping away.
Wednesday was another oddity, I managed about an hour in the office before Mike the Knight showed up to our Children’s Ward and it was my job to take photos. This then meant spending an hour cropping and cleaning up said photos (I’m an awful photographer but decent with Photoshop). These photos were then added to our Facebook and Twitter profiles as well as a short news article on our website to promote them.
After this I had a couple of meetings and some more emails and phone calls to follow up. I then managed to quickly ‘design’ (in the loosest possible terms) a poster for our Project Management team for a local event they are running. I then went back to some more Intranet editor/news stuff and organised some more meetings.
Eventually I got some ‘work’ done and published the previously mentioned blog post which was actually sitting half-finished in draft mode from before I went on leave so it only took about half an hour to prep for publication.
Today (Thursday) is another day and although my calender was cleared for work on Canopy and some LESS work (zero meetings yey!) all of that is linked to the fact that I’m moving away from Coda (Mac)/Dreamweaver (PC) to Sublime Text 2 (Mac/PC) as my major text-editor so I can seamlessly do work on both platforms using a similar interface.
This is a pretty big task considering all of my projects will need to be re-organised and planned around this new workflow (this video series has been a big help).
Tomorrow (Friday) is already block-booked for board papers being added to the website in the morning and a visit from our local MP in the afternoon. With those types of distractions I doubt I will be able to get much of the design/dev/project work that I really want to but I’ll fit in what I can.
So that’s my week in a nutshell, I’ve felt busy every day but have done very little ‘work’ (design or development work).
But that’s the reality of my role and as much as I desire being sat at my desk with headphones pumping Spotify into my ears while working on coding up the latest iteration of the website or designing a new microsite or learning something new sometimes I have to look up from my screen and do something else.
And let me be clear – I’m not complaining in this post – The ‘day-to-day-job’ stuff may remove me from my comfort zone but it makes the time spent working within my core skill set even more precious.