I haven’t written in a long time — sometimes the act of writing just takes far more energy than I have come Friday, particularly when my weeknotes require more filtering than writing.

But now feels like the right time for a bit of reflection. Version one of these weeknotes was fantastic. Then I deleted all the stuff I couldn’t say and once I took out the stuff I shouldn’t say there wasn’t much left.

Let’s try that again.

What have I been up to?

It’s been nearly a year since I left my old job, for reasons. I was taking a big gamble by ditching job security, professional confidence, and digital expertise for a completely fresh start. …


I just started thinking about stuff.

I’m sitting in that moment of calm before the storm and I’m not looking forward to the next fortnight. I’m waiting for some big decisions to be confirmed then I’ll have some tough things to work through and most of it will be time sensitive. I know I’m going to have to be very disciplined with my time and even then I know I’ve got some late nights ahead.

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I have had a good discussion with my manager though and he’s pretty comfortable with how I’ve been managing things to date. He has flagged concern about my time pressures coming up but we can’t really work through that until the decisions confirm if we’re going left or right. Worst case scenario is ugly. …


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I was in a weird time warp last week where three days literally felt like two weeks. I think it’s because I’m changing gear so frequently and each day find myself on completely different things.

I have a LOT of balls in the air. I’m working across technical detail, to governance arrangements, to project management, to writing briefings, and now website management. Any given day I’m working with legal or policy, I’m navigating the depths of actuarial analysis and exploring the ethical impacts of my project.

I’m constantly looking several steps ahead. And everything is at pace. I get one of my governance meetings closed off and the papers are already due for the next one. …


Monday was Wellington Anniversary day. As much as I love three-day weekends, I loathe four-day weeks — there’s always too much to do.

This week was a continuation of the usual relationship building, story telling and report writing. A fair few surprises but I think I’ve gotten on top of them.

I am feeling incredibly guilty though. I’ve now finally got a wee team to work with but I’ve not been able to dedicate half as much time as I’d have liked to onboard them. …


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I finished my last weeknotes with me leaving the world of Digital Government.

After 7 years, 8 months, and 9 days of doing lots of weird and wacky things, I’d found something brand new I’d never done before and was about to dive in head first.

I was excited. I was nervous. I was pumped. I was terrified.

I was ready.

I’m still feeling out the working-in-the-open boundaries. There’s a whole lot of stuff that I can’t talk about, both specifics on the new job and reflections from the old, but I figured it’s time to give weeknotes another whirl.

New job

There was literal dancing in the house that first morning, but by the time I got to work I was just trying to remember how to breathe. “What on earth am I doing here? Can I do this? …


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“Networking” — a word that strikes fear into the heart of any introvert.

But, I started a new job at the end of October. I only moved across the street but I might as well have stepped into a new world. Not only was I starting in a different organisation but I was in a different role, domain, and industry to anything I’d ever done before. I knew that I would need to quickly find my tribe and build partnerships to overcome the steep learning curve ahead of me.

P.S. I was in a team of One. Even the team I nominally reported to, who were on completely different projects, were based six floors below my desk. …


7 years, 8 months, 9 days

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7 years, 8 months, and 9 days — (yes, to the day and no, it wasn’t deliberate, that’s just my life) — and I no longer work in Digital government.

I’ve already captured my journey into digital government and have recapped on specific highlights, so I’m not sure what else to add.

7 years, 8 months, and 9 days. Wow. It doesn’t feel real.

My new boss has been in touch to say he’s looking forward to welcoming me on board on Monday, and to let me know I’ll be busy from Day 1. I cannot wait.

Let’s do this.

Summing up the week

Records management

My last week was a giant reminder of the importance of records management. …


I’m in the final count down now! One week left until I can start my new job!

Eee!

How has my week really been filled?

My work programme is pretty much wrapped up already. All the big stuff is ready to hand over, and now I’ve just got little things to tick off my list. My work has been largely occupied by:

  • Helping out a few people on different things, including some of the process design around the release of the $5m Innovation Fund so they’re ready to receive pitches next month.
  • Filing. Physical filing. Email filing. Desktop filing… Handbag filing.
  • Going through my various email subscriptions and memberships, working out which ones I want to take with me. …

GCDO enters a new era on Monday. After a lo(-oooooo)ng and thorough process, a new operating model and structure will be announced to take NZ’s digital government leadership forward (with the Strategy for a Digital Public Service not far behind it). I’m excited for the opportunities that lie ahead but I won’t be with them.

End of an era

I resigned last week.

I’ve decided to take a break from digital (1) — which feels super weird after seven and a half years working at the heart of digital government.

Eight years ago, if you had told me I’d be working in government ICT I would have laughed at you. It was never part of the plan but I’ve had a lot of fun and grown in unexpected ways. …


Pretty chilled vibes, really
Opinions to be heard
Taking a stand for my values

I’m feeling a bit gagged this week.

I have so much I want to say. But don’t think I can. (Despite my intent to talk about defending working in the open this week, some other stuff is going on)

So, here’s my week in GIFs instead:

❤ a Bob Ross outlook on life
Ah, meetings.

Yeah, that sums it up.

Wall walking

As a public servant, as a New Zealander, and as a person, it’s important that we embrace the whole of who we are as a nation — and that’s what I did on Friday as I joined my colleagues at Police HQ for a “Wall Walk” with Simone Bull. …

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A bit of digital government, a few weeknotes, and whatever else inspires. The opinions and views expressed here are my own

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