It has finally happened. My personal and professional lives have merged and I am now 83.67% more exacting than before!
Just kidding on the percentage.
I was seconded from my regular library job to work on a data-heavy project that took 18 months. Our team had expected to wrap up much earlier, but when we got to the data phase, there was no treasure trove of data for us to analyze. We spent an extra 6 months collecting new data. Despite the delay, the new information has made the results much more reliable.
So, I made a pitch to my organization to create a new “Information Officer” position so these kinds of gaps and delays would not happen again. That person is now me!
In my new role, I work with data all day, every day. Spreadsheets feature in my dreams at night! However, I’m not strictly a data analyst. The main part of the job is to communicate with managers and staff about what their information needs are, then come up with strategies to get what they need. I expect to spend a good part of my time meeting with people. It’s also my job to get the data by whatever means, interpret it, present it and make recommendations. So quite different from running reports on existing data and passing them on for follow-up.
I have all kinds of ideas on how to gather and coordinate our “business information” to minimize effort and make sure managers and staff can make decisions with confidence. This could be my dream job!
Our city is training all its departments and services in Lean Six Sigma methodology, so I’m currently taking the intermediate course. It’s fun to learn the techniques and put them into action.
For the next 2 years I’ll be combining my new job with putting the project results into action – implementing our new staff structure. Every one of our 400 staff are affected so it’s high stakes.
I feel like it’s time to overhaul my personal routines, now that my job situation is settled.
The biggest change in my work life is that I now work Monday to Friday day shifts. I used to work one evening a week and a share of Saturdays, in exchange for some time off during the week. I really miss that time – I used to do all my shopping, errands and appointments on my “mornings off.” It has been a challenge to absorb all that into evenings and weekends.
I moved to another branch to work on the project, and I’ll be staying there. I’m happy about it! The distance is 10 km and it takes 30 minutes door-to-door.
My old job was physically active and now I have a desk job! It is already taking its toll. I have to be really deliberate about moving around during the day and compensating for the inactivity.
Previously I could walk to work and go home for lunch, but I didn’t expect that to last. I didn’t want to limit my career options just so I could stay in my home neighbourhood. Outside my building is a lovely paved trail I can walk every fine day at lunch time (45 minutes round trip) to make up for my old walks to work. If I don’t have time for a proper lunch break, I go for a walk after work.
I need a new fitness routine. I had been going to the gym or swimming 5 mornings a week. I like the facility and renewed my annual membership. I will experiment with going sometimes in the mornings and sometimes after work. The problem is I get up so early, I had to make myself to conform to an early bedtime as well. Without those mornings off, I can’t catch up until Saturday. I’ve been really limiting my evening activities because I’m too tired to function! An extra hour of sleep in the morning and a workout on the way home might help.
I am trying to get into the habit of making my work lunch the night before, and getting my swim/gym gear ready to go.
Rom and I still share the cooking 50/50 but we are making easier weeknight meals and tolerating more nights of leftovers in a row.
I have yet to figure out a way to place blogging back into the mix, but I will do it somehow!
Thanks to everyone who has continued to subscribe, and to new subscribers who signed up while I was not writing. I’m back!
Anyone else had big changes in their jobs or life routines lately?