Launch week arrived. Exhaustion followed.

A rocket ship launching into space.

The new intranet is live. Officially. Although as I’ve said many times, it’s technically never not been live. I’ve written a little about the project for our team blog. I want to write more here, but I’m in need of some more distance and thinking time about how it has gone.

It’s been a huge project, and whilst the end of this part is in sight, we still have a lot more to do. …

A warm week.

I could just leave it at that. It’s been so warm, I’ve not been sure whether I’ve been coming or going.

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Starting the week outside, making a plan.

I missed last week’s notes as I had a very short week with a couple of days off. The days I was in though, I spent focusing on putting together two videos to help staff with the new intranet.

If you’ve never made videos before, it takes a long time. And feels a little endless when you are hearing yourself say ‘these banners are not adverts’ for the millionth time. You start to lose all sense of yourself, and the day. …

This work week was a bit flat. More like a really boring long drive than the emotional rollercoaster of last week.

A gif showing a cartoon pop up book. The sun rises and sets behind a pop up city.

I never felt like I really got deep into anything this week. Lots of things around the edges that needed doing got done. Small tweaks, updates to content, a little planning, lots of emails. Just things. Some weeks are like that I guess.

Highlight of the week was probably the sprint 10 show and tell for the intranet project. …

It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster of a week.

I’ve had highs and I’ve had lows. I’ve had dance parties and I’ve sobbed over my keyboard. I’ve made progress in some places and I’ve ground to a halt in others. There’s been both anxious panic and zen calm.

It’s all a bit weird in my head really right now.

Grief crying over her workstation from Inside Out

How are you doing? I hope that you are hanging on in there. 2020 will end. Eventually. We will get through this.

Work this week was all of the above in terms of emotions and turmoil. I won’t go into it all here but I have been left incredibly frustrated at times. There has been a lot of venting going on and I’m trying so hard to just let it go. Unfortunately it’s never quite that easy! …

I am writing these weeknotes on a Thursday night as I’ve just had a pretty awful feeling afternoon full of whirring anxiety brain. Partially my fault, partially not. No good solution that I could think of immediately.

So, with that mindset, and heading into a 3-day weekend, I really need to remember some of the good things from this week instead of the just happened thing that I can’t do anything about until Monday.

And to be honest, a lot of good work did happen this week.

Deep breaths and go

This week was the second week on our finance sprint for the new intranet. …

Sunday night. 9pm.

It’s been a while. I’m trying not to beat myself up for that fact, but my brain still feels a bit bad every Friday afternoon when another weekend approaches without any writing in sight.

Well. That’s not quite true. I’ve been regularly writing sprint notes for our intranet project, but they are so internally orientated around sharing links to the new site that it’s not been something I thought about sharing here.

A blank document on a laptop with the days passing by.

Once my immediate need to crack on with the build passes (launch coming in the middle of August!) I’m intending on writing up a post or two about the project. I want to review our first foray into working in sprints, and I want to talk a lot about how the coronavirus pandemic has made the project equal parts easier and harder. …

Another month in lockdown passes. Day 68/?.

I’ve had precious little energy to write notes these past few weeks. Work has been busy. Life has been anxiety inducing. It’s a tough time for everyone.

The days continue to pass though. They are all much the same.

I’ve been spending a lot of time working, a lot of time scrolling, a lot of time sewing, and a lot of time doodling on my iPad.

I thought for a good long while about what to write in these notes, but really, everything in my brain is a bit mushy. Work is a mixture of work for coronavirus and building our new intranet. …

When Wednesday feels like a Friday that feels like a Monday.

After my first week of social isolation, I wrote my last set of weeknotes. That was almost 3 weeks ago. Since then it feels like half a year has passed by. It’s been a long slog, both at work and at home, but I finally feel like it’s becoming a little more routine.

I’m still exhausted. I’m often still teetering at the brink of tears. I’m still unable to get through the day without at least some kind of chocolate. But we made it to Easter weekend. I’m now off for 5 days, baring any content type emergencies. …

The week that never ended.

Well. What can I say. Week one of social isolation down. The furthest I’ve gone in 7 days is the post box on the corner.

Writing this at 5pm on Friday night, I am exhausted. Emotionally and mentally. It’s been one hell of a week and it doesn’t look like it will be stopping anytime soon. I’m still waiting for a final update to come through to add to our site. Then I am done. And there will be gin!

I’m not really sure what I want to say this week. Except I am here. I am anxious. I keep having moments of panic. …

For a four day week it was a tough one.

Going to try and keep this brief this week. It’s Friday afternoon and I just closed down my laptop a little early so I could go sit outside and enjoy the last of the sunlight. It’s feeling very spring like today, and it’s nice to feel a little sunshine.

A gif of Squirtle smelling a flower.

Five things from the week:

1. I spent a good few hours with a colleague from ICT looking at the structure of the ICT intranet content. We. worked on one of our atrium windows, probably scaring other colleagues with what we were doing. …


Lizzi Standing

Digital Services Officer working in a #localgov digital team. Working to make our corner of the internet that little bit better for everyone. All opinions mine.

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