The last several weeks have been nightmares of reporting, researching, and preparation for this 1.25 day event. Our team was responsible for completing the annual year in review presentation/video, the annual report, strategic summaries and presentations, proclamations for retirees, etc. And what typically happens when all of these guys gather is they pack in a bunch of other mini-meetings that all need research, reporting, and prep as well. Much of the content is considered confidential or proprietary and so it is difficult to delegate this work. There are short lists of trusted staff who are in the loop and I'm in the thick of that.
It's an honor and a HUGE PAIN IN THE ASS all at the same time. Come to think of it, it's mostly the 2nd thing, because the honor thing wears off as you get tired and as you deal with the hassle of knowing stuff that seems like a big deal, but more often than not fizzles out in the long run.
I decided to take stock of the last few weeks and I've figured out that I have:
- participated in more than 100 meetings since March 1st,
- had 8 conference calls in late evenings to accommodate international time zones,
- worked on average 57 hours/week (while getting salary pay),
- prepared 26 individual full-blow strategic presentations,
- drafted 8 staff news items (most of which are still awaiting approvals),
- created strategies for 4 major conference events,
- signed off on more than $200k in expenditures,
- prepared salary and performance reviews for 8 staff members,
- delivered one negative review including all pertinent Employee Relations activities,
- sent over 1600 emails, received a similar number and processed
- completed one semester of grad school,
- joined gym and worked out 17 times (including once with trainer)
- and posted 21 entries to this blog.
Shit. No wonder I'm so beat. Thank God Elvis has left the building.