Weeknotes S2Ep06

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Overarching feeling of the week

I didn’t learn my lessons and listen to my past self and now I am sick and dying [1].

Achievements

I met Hannah for a really good mentoring session on Tuesday. She had followed up on one of the actions we set for her in the session I mentioned back in S2 Ep02 and got a lot out of it, so I’m really glad I can see her making progress.

Biggest achievement was not only completing Policy School, but also my peer group winning Policy School with our idea and presentation. I really enjoyed working with my team, we all just got on with it and pulled something out of the bag. It was fun and I hope I can stay in touch with the other people in my group because they are all ace.

I’ll write up days 3–4 when I’m feeling well enough, but you can read Day 1 write up here, and Day 2 write up here should you be so inclined.

Mr Dan Barrett wrote up his weeknotes from when I visited Parliamentary Digital Service (you can read them here) and he said:

Afterwards I had a long chat with Sam which I really appreciated. Some of it was reflections on the event — super useful to have a total outsider to test whether what you are doing and saying makes sense. Some of it was more general reflection. Sam is a rad public sector digital hero from outside of my organisation.

That makes me feel very humble and happy that my Being Nosey is also Being Useful. Thank you Mr B, it means a lot.

Highlights

Not so many this week.

Someone from Policy School told me they’d read my blog about anxiety and had only just realised it was me. They also said that they thought it was really well written; that was an embarrassing, but good, highlight.

Oh, I went to Downing Street and took a selfie with Larry the Cat.


Lessons

When you write your weeknotes “Plan for next week” and then you completely ignore it, it will f*** you up.

This week I have had:

1 x WFH day which was supposed to be my non-working day

1 x day of running between meetings and not eating properly

2 x days of Policy School and not eating properly

This has culminated in:

1 x migraine

1 x mouth ulcer (always know I’m getting ill when I get one of those)

1 x almighty fever/temperature/freezing/aching/feeling sick bug


Despite all of the above I still took myself to a wedding this Sunday. This was ill advised and now I am dead.


Plan for for next week

It kinda is next week already except today is holiday and I should probably be in bed instead of writing this. I have decided to WFH tomorrow and hopefully WFB [2].

This means cancelling my mentoring session with Richard, I’m really disappointed about that, but I need to get better.

I need to try and survive a day of back to back meetings on Wednesday and get better enough that i can still make it to TedX Whitehall Women on Friday (working on my non-working day again).

I hope this week will bring me some good news.


OTG microactions

  1. Not sure I’ve done anything of note this week. Must try harder.

Ideas for blogs / Things I’m thinking about

1.Weeknoters consultancy. Still thinking about this since Dan mentioned it in Ep32 of his weeknotes. My downtime project is a small first step towards this in my head. I’m also thinking about writing a blog about “being a person who works in the gaps”. I haven’t been able to find time for this yet.

2. A response to “Let’s fund teams not projects”. Dropping off the list now. I heard that this was discussed a fair bit at Reimagine2017 so want to hear more about that.

3. Collaborative blogging. Still looking for someone to collaborate on a blog about collaborative blogging with me.

Read / Watched / Listened to

Not sure I’ve had time this week except…

  1. Ryan’s brilliant blog:

View at Medium.com

2. I watched this and it was really very beautiful:

3. A new Fever Ray album, new Parquet Courts and an album by Omni, who sound very much like Parquet Courts/Field Music jumbled up.


[1] Weeknotes short this week because fingers wont type and I can’t see and I need more painkillers.

[2] Work From Bed

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