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A relatively ‘typical day’ in the office

Sometimes I wonder where the work day goes! Well here’s where today went.

Grabbed a coffee to kick start my Monday morning brain. Then while my son was at a specialist appointment, dove into preparing a communications strategy on a sensitive matter. Later tuned it after a conversation with an interstate colleague. Better to be prepared than surprised!

Dropped my son at school then headed into the office. Reviewed my priority list for the week then got cracking on it, after a quick chat with the boss, and catching up on his priorities for the week and how I could help.

Prepared an agenda for tomorrow’s YMCA Swimathon national project team meeting – one of my favorite projects because of its impact and a cause close to my heart – supporting people with disabilities to have opportunities to learn to swim and enjoy water safely. Love!

With less than 7 weeks until we are in Darwin for our biennial National Convention – updated the communications plan. Love a good 6 week countdown and now we have one, that involves email newsletters, social media (a closed Facebook group for delegates) and drip feeding updates through our other regular channels.

Chased a few people up to finalise content for one of the key channels we’ll use to communicate with our delegates – happy to know my fabulous support colleague Michelle is back in tomorrow and can send it out!

Spent time researching another fundraising concept in embryonic stages that was recently born over a dinner table conversation among several YMCA leaders and CEOs. Not my idea, but I wish it was!

To me I find fundraising increasingly fun – helping to create an “alchemy of virtue” (my latest fave saying) bringing benefits to both beneficiaries and benefactors. I’m very excited by the concept and the level of interest from across the Y already growing. It seems to be striking a chord!

There was the usual number of emails to process (too many) but I have long employed the tactic of switching off automatic notifications when emails bounce in. That said I still check them every hour for anything urgent, more often if I’m waiting on something to progress my work.

In other tasks I organised a photo shoot, approved a proposal to redevelop our website to align with our new national branding guidelines which will come into effect at the end of the November, and refreshed myself on how to create a Facebook group. (Thanks Mel Burns for being a sounding board – again!)

I tidied up some of the mess on my desk because that helps me feel more organised. My actual computer desktop likewise needs a good spring clean at present but not today!!

At the end of the day I reviewed my priorities again and will begin it all again tomorrow – only with more meetings scheduled! And more coffee!

Rushed out the door at six feeling frazzled and running late to pick up my daughter from dance lessons and to relieve our babysitter who was at home with our son.

Wrote this blog while “unwinding” the couch….

Sent from my iPad

About Di from the Y

Dianne McDonald is Executive Manager of Communications with YMCA Australia, and a parent of two primary school aged children, one with additional needs (Asperger Syndrome). She has a strong interest in sharing life's learnings with others.


2 thoughts on “A relatively ‘typical day’ in the office

  1. Love reading your blog Di 🙂 Another great post.

    Posted by Allison | October 13, 2014, 10:46 am

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