Picking up the ball someone else dropped

There are going to be times in business when people let you down.

This was one of those weeks.

Someone on The Big Government Project dropped the ball this week and I didn’t react well. I was angry and annoyed because it threw out all of my scheduling. I was the one who ‘had’ to work an extra 10 hours to meet a deadline.

I was beyond cross. I was seething. But was it justified?

Cross or annoyed, I can understand. But seething? Where did that come from? Why was I so angry.

It makes me wonder, why do I feel so deeply responsible for my work that I shuffle my world around to keep the client happy and someone else can simply walk away without any apparent sense of responsibility? Why do I care so much?

Perhaps I am the one who needs to dial back a bit and invest less of myself into my projects.

Ah, who am I kidding? It’s in my nature. I’ve been like this my whole life. I’m not about to change now.

Other projects I’m working on

A social media and ad campaign

The five-week social media campaign is wrapping up this weekend and then I have to report on the outcomes of the campaign. I’m looking forward to seeing the campaign performance against the benchmarks set before we kicked off.

I’ve learnt a lot from this project, from how good Planable is for managing client approval of social posts to what an awful interface Facebook Ad Manager has.

LinkedIn profile

The LinkedIn profile I recently wrote was approved, proofed and invoiced this week. My client required minimal tweaks. “I love it” is the feedback she gave. It’s so lovely to have a client like that where the work you do resonates so strongly with them. Although a comms professional herself, she, like so many of us, had trouble writing about herself.

Intellectual property

I registered a trademark this week via IP Australia. It was so easy, took about 15 minutes (including researching which category to register it in) and cost $A250.

I’d been putting this task off, thinking it would take a lot longer and be more complex than it was. So, if you’ve been thinking about doing it, do it!

Sandra

Originally published at The Smarter Writer.