I am responding to the offer at Declutterer to share what one of my days is like. I am changing jobs this week: moving from one library location to another. For the past 3 months, I have been managing both libraries. I thought I would capture one of my busy days before the changeover.
So here is November 26!
5:30-6:30 am – Haul myself out of bed and work out at home on my mini-trampoline and elliptical machine
6:30-7:00 am – Make coffee, eat cereal and catch up on blogs
7:00-8:00 am – Shower and get ready for work; check personal email
8:00-9:00 am – Commute time. I drive Rom to work. He has been listening to a podcast about entropy and he tells me all about it. I continue on to Library #1.
9:00-10:00 am – Prep time. The library opens at 10 so we have the first hour to ourselves. I catch up on email and start cleaning out my file cabinet before the next manager comes along and inherits 4 drawers of unnecessary paperwork, much of which I inherited from the last manager!
10:00 am – 12 pm – Meeting with next manager to discuss ongoing manager job duties. It sounds very official with planning, staffing, programming, collections, technology and community development. Staff come to find me three times – the first time so I can have a discussion with the plumber about a malfunctioning toilet, the second time to tell a worker which of our window screens needs replacement, and the third time to explain our sound system for a future press conference. Oh, the glamour! Wonder what New Manager is thinking…
12:00-1:15 pm – I am out “on the floor” (in public areas) helping out staff working at the public service desks. There is an altercation among 3 patrons in the computer lab who are all arguing and swearing at each other. They don’t respond when asked to leave. Eventually they start threatening each other, the police are called, and two of the parties leave while the remaining one defends himself to the police.
1:15-2:30 pm – En route to Library # 2, which is near where I live, I go home for lunch and make myself some cheese toast. I resist turning the heat on because I am only home for 40 minutes, but I make myself a big mug of mint tea. I read a few pages of my Book Club book. I decide not to walk to Library # 2 because it is raining buckets, so I take the car.
2:30-5:15 pm – At Library # 2, I visit the children’s reading program. I speak to staff about: (a) setting up an information table at a community fair next week; (b) setting up a meeting with a childcare group that wants to visit regularly; (c) deciding on the set-up and take-down dates of an art exhibit; (d) which library magazines to add to our collection or cancel; (e) moving storage items so staff don’t trip over them; (f) a situation in which one regular teen library visitor is being cyber-bullied by another; and (g) a staff member’s reluctance to use up their vacation time. Nothing too strategic today!
5:15-6:30 pm – It’s Rom’s night to cook but he is taking the bus home and his meal choice is easy, so I make it: a lentil and potato curry. I realize there is no way my nephew will eat this (even I have to admit it looks like greenish paste), so an alternate kid meal is found. They both arrive by 6:30.
6:30-7:00 pm – Supper time with Rom and The Nephew. N had the courage to try the lentil curry and didn’t make a big production over the fact he wasn’t keen on it. Good enough! Next, I did the dishes.
7:00-9:00 pm – N read my Adventure Time comics while Rom watched guitar videos on YouTube. Although I don’t routinely bring my job home, I spent the evening cleaning up electronic files on my work laptop, deleting early versions of documents, trivial information, outdated items and personal stuff. Memo to Self: don’t let this go until the last week of my next job!
9:00-9:30 pm – Reading time and bed time for N
9:30-10:30 pm – Continued with work files; quick blog check-in. Cats annoyed by lack of attention and start misbehaving.
10:30 pm – Read 2 pages of book before falling asleep
Postscript: I usually ask N if he has any homework and he always replies he did it after school. Today I didn’t ask. This morning, I found out from his mom (my sister) that he has a project due – and he had spent the evening at my house reading comic books. Oops!
I look forward to seeing what my days are like when I work in just one library instead of two, with no commute. Am I deluding myself if I think it will be a piece of cake?