Sunday, 23 April 2017

Week In The Life 2017 | Saturday

Just a long work day, I was not looking forward to going in. 
I felt tense when I got there and there was a niggle that I knew I needed to address. I didn't want to do it right there and then as I wasn't in the best frame so I waited a few hours and discussed it with my colleague and we resolved it. A mentor a long time ago told me "worst first" and I have used that all through my working life to deal with tasks. However I have long since learned that whilst that is amazing advice for task it isn't necessarily so with employees. I take a deep breath and let it settle, get some context. If it still needs addressing then I use data-based feedback; when I see you do/say xy or z it makes me think and feel ab and c and what I would like you to do next time is... this method works well for me and my team know where they are with me. 

I left the shop for a break during the morning to go to Marks & Spencer for a tee-shirt for Mum's holiday that she had decided on. I see a work top in there that would be perfect, comfortable, bland, durable, reasonable, I could get two and rotate, I miss wearing a uniform. I like dressing smartly sometimes but my job is often manual and so I need to be comfortable and not worrying about it getting damaged.

I stayed on longer to get this weeks workload completed and help out the evening duty manager during the late afternoon busy time with service and routines. 
I am glad to escape into the sunshine with my bag full of healthy goodies for my day off. I walk back over the bridge and head to the car park and then after wondering momentarily where I had parked the car, I realise that I had treated myself to a paid parking space the other end of town 😲 (where we park is free so we all park there most days). It is nearer to my home town so cuts about 15 mins off my commute but it costs so it is a treat.
My first word is a swear word, I did this once before years ago! Habit is a good thing most of the time but not today when it automatically takes my feet in the wrong direction! Anyway, after wondering whether I should just lay down on the floor and cry, I found a new podcast episode and plugged myself in and decided I would enjoy the walk! Which I did, although I was glad to get to the car, the shopping bag filled with goodies was getting a tad heavy 😁

I got home and had dinner and chatted to Mum and Alex while he played his computer game and told me about how he had unlocked a new "charater" - he still can't get that c sound in that word - a goat on a hoverboard, of course.

Then Louis rang me to tell me he had lost his return bus ticket so Alex and I get up and drive back to where I just left in my work town to collect him. We may have had a few words about this. There was definitely some databased feedback going on 😆

So my idea of a nice crafty evening is completely out of the window and I decide to go to bed. With that, work rings and tell me the CO2 gas alarm is going off and so I deal with that for a couple of hours by phone, thinking that I was going to have to go back in again. Fortunately I didn't, we sorted out a work round so I go to sleep in case I am needed in the morning. I hope not, as it is my day off and I have plans.

What a day.

Saturday don


  1. Hope Sunday is better! Love and hugs Sarah xx

  2. Gosh, I hope your Sunday is better too, dear of you. Lovely writing, as always x

    1. Yes much better so far and I've not been called in :-) xx

  3. I hate it when you get the call that you have to get them unexpectedly, I always say call me as I'd rather that then them be stranded!! I still roll my eyes though!! A goat on a skateboard sounds a marvellous character.
    Well done on managing the alarm from home & I hope what needs sorting at work gets sorted fairly painlessly. xx

  4. Oh dear Jen, sorry you had to go back, and yes, everyone needs a goat on a hoverboard, way to go Ali, and sweet about not getting the c in character. Ive loved reading your WITL


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