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So far, so good

May 12th, 2017 at 03:59 am

I got the first feedback on my first completed assignment at the new job. She said it was "strong writing" and she liked it a lot but asked me to do 2 additional versions so the client "has a choice." On Monday we'll meet with 2 other senior people to review the versions and then she thinks we'll be ready to present to client.

I will have today (Friday) to do that; the copy can stay the same but she wants me to experiment organizing the content in different ways, with different subheads. Kind of a pain, since each time you move paragraphs around you lose some of the connective language which you then have to adjust.

Personally I feel it's just a time-waster as I carefully thought through how best to approach the topic and the approach I chose really is the best.

My concern is reserving enough time to do the remaining 3 pieces. They kept giving me important background reading material until the eleventh hour on this first assignment, even after I'd already written it. Not the best organization.

And I'm anxious that my content passes muster with the client after the Monday meeting. I picture myself as a runner on a track clearing little hurdles.

But I hate working full time! No time left to do ANYTHING! I'm getting up earlier in the mornings, around 5:30 or so, so I can have a leisurely start to my day and not have to leave for work until 2.5 hours later.

I've been leaving the contract job at 5:15 or 5:30, getting home around 6 or 6:15, and by the time I finish with dinner, the dishes and feeding the cats, it's 7:30. Then I check emails (I'm still applying for jobs when I see them) and I am addicted to watching new episodes of The Americans (I usually try to fit in 2 full hour-long episodes), before hitting the sack at 10 or 10:30 at the latest.

There just isn't much time to think about "me" stuff. I just have to keep reminding myself how much I've grossed so far. To date, it will be about $1,760 by the end of today...just 4 days work. Yay for me!

I did decide I will be putting in for 4 hours of at home reading on my timesheet today. This is for time spent before starting the job. It's not my fault I got conflicting information about doing so, with my boss at the new job saying yes, do it, it's really important, and the recruiter saying no, don't do it because all the paperwork hasn't been finalized. I did it because I knew I wouldn't be prepared otherwise to "hit the ground running" on my first day on-site, as my boss said he wanted.

While waiting for the meeting to review my work yesterday, I was finally able to get the required online courses to launch at the office, and got them out of the way. Practically everything you try to do at the office requires a password, even the computer phone system. It was more than a little frustrating because you just get automated responses from the help desk and no one's there to walk you through things if you have a tech problem.

Tomorrow I am HOPING my carpenter shows up to finish the built-in bookshelves. It's just the cabinet below the window he needs to do. However, we're expecting rain for most of the day, starting at about 9 am. He can set up in the garage, but he'll need to keep running out in the rain with the wood he cuts. I just hope he doesn't try to bag it because next Saturday is his daughter's graduation, so it would mean at least another two-week wait, and this bookshelving thing has dragged on long enough. It still will take me quite a white to prime and paint it so my entire downstairs will remain in disarray until it's done.

6 Responses to “So far, so good”

  1. Dido Says:

    Glad it's basically going well with the contract job, and I totally hear you on the full-time. I am trying to get into a routine of taking a 3 day weekend each month to catch up on personal stuff, but it's not really enough time, and, still feeling fairly new at six months in, I'm reluctant to take more. But that's probably just me and a decade of working temp jobs with no vacation. My last job officially had vacation, and I did take a full week in August 2015, but my boss there did not take time off, which made it harder to do so myself. I had lunch last week with one of my former colleagues, and she confirmed that the only vacation Former Boss has taken lately was one week in February 2015, where he went to Florida with his laptop and called into the office every day. In contrast, the President of the current firm went rafting in the Grand Canyon for ten days last month, totally off-line, and has another week away booked this summer. It's easier psychologically to take vacation when the "tone at the top" permits it. However, I'm going to a conference next month, and since my schedule isn't my own, I have a whole bunch of meetings to prepare for ahead of time that will occur while I'm away. That makes the next month a bit stressful.

    Hope things go well for you on Monday!

  2. My English Castle Says:

    It'll be interesting to hear what the client wants. I guess they just want to make them happy. Like Dido, I hear you on the time crunch. I'm looking forward to my summer break--without cash--but to be able to do some garden things and get things done around the house.

  3. kashi Says:

    I'm glad things are going well! I hate working full time too. Frown

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Full-time work is really draining! Hang in there -- it's temporary!

  5. Bluebird Says:

    Yes, full time work is tough. This July, I will have worked for 30 years straight, full time ++, with only two 12 week maternity leaves during which I still did some work from home, and I'm 47. Even vacations aren't what they used to be years ago when you're always accessible.

  6. PatientSaver Says:

    Dido, and Bluebird, you're right...vacations aren't what they used to be although I would never be tempted to "stay in touch" during a vacation if at all avoidable. It does make it hard if your boss never leaves, but surely they can't expect the same obsessive behavior from their employees.

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