I’m hoping for a fresh start. 2017, especially towards the end, was really stressful. I was starting early, skipping lunch, working late and generally making myself miserable trying to keep up with the amount of work flowing in. And still failing.
I’m not sure that there’s much more depressing than logging out of your computer at 11pm after a 15 hour day and still not having finished even the urgent things that need to be done.
I don’t know if the work will slow down this year but I have decided that, even if it doesn’t, I will. Over the past year or so, I’ve stopped doing my weekly review and I want to reintroduce it as I think it helps me to gain some control over my workload. Additionally, I plan to carve out more time for my own development.
2017 was a year full of rushing about, taking on new responsibilities and desperately trying to keep up whilst coping with a staffing gap, recruitment and training. 2018, I hope, will be a year where I ensure that I do the tasks that I enjoy and which sit best with me. A year where I ensure that everyone in the team is on the same page (namely ‘done is better than perfect’). A year where I block out time for important tasks, for discussion and process improvements and for CPD as well as the urgent stuff.
I have a few pet projects that I decided to do in 2017 (and, in some cases 2016) but have then hardly touched. I plan to block out solid time to devote to these regardless of what else comes up.
I don’t want to stretch myself too thin but my plan is definitely to work on Fellowship this year (again), to try to not work too much more than 9.30-5.30, to dedicate time to and make progress on all of the 6 or 7 major projects I’ve identified as important, to really get and stay organised and to get on top of the workload where I can.
I realise that this is just a big pile of ‘I want to’ and ‘I plan to’ with nothing concrete at all but I thought it was worth getting down on paper!
Happy New Year!
Until next time…