Last week we covered the topic of my most received question – infusions. So today I thought I would write about the second most received question – what my job is like! I left my first post-grad job back in June, and I’m finally starting to acclimate to my new office environment. I’ve gone from 25 co-workers to three, working with almost all women to being the only woman, from two interns to needed an intern like yesterday, and from a building in the heart of downtown to a building in the middle of an industrial park. Regardless, #lifeisgood. The biggest adaptation has been realizing that the same job title two different places can mean two different things. Wow wow wow, my duties are so different in comparison to my last post like this!
Here is the scoop on what my day is like as a marketing coordinator in the economic development field (and as a part-time blogger!)
6:40 AM | Start my day – brush my teeth with whitening products to balance out all of the coffee and Diet Coke I consume, wash and moisturize my face, put on the outfit I laid out the night before, do something with my hair, and apply a five minute face of makeup. (I always pack my makeup bag just in case, though!)
7:30 AM | Commute – usually flip through all of my radio stations five times each before giving up and having a Sam Hunt dance party. Sometimes I go through drive thru at Chick-Fil-A or Pal’s (a local fast food restaurant) before work, depending on my appetite
8:00 AM | Settle in at my desk to enjoy the breakfast I picked up or enjoy a breakfast bar and a cup of green tea with one Splenda. My work emails don’t come to my phone, so I check the abundance of emails while I enjoy my breakfast. The last email I always check is The Skimm. After reading the emails, I update my Trello boards with tasks that need to be done relating to the emails. I recently switched over to Trello from paper to-do lists because they just got so long and unmanageable.
8:40 AM | Scan the local papers and news stations online for anything relevant to my company that may have been released in the past 24 hours. It’s usually hit or miss – some days I’ll find four really good articles, other times I’ll go two weeks without anything that needs to be shared. I link to the relevant info on our website and social media.
9:00 AM | My boss recently put me completely in charge of our print ads, so I like to look at them around 9 because I feel like my brain is fully awake and not exhausted yet. I mark up my changes, then send them back to our graphic designer.
9:30 AM | Before getting into another task, I usually proofread my blog post for the day. My previous boss taught me that looking at something with fresh eyes is so helpful, and I agree. I take a few 15 minute breaks like this throughout the day, because I’m a firm believer that breaks stop you from getting burnt out.
9:45 AM | I complete a filler admin task like paying a bill online or sending out a meeting reminder.
10:00 AM | Staff Meeting – we have lots of these, and they’re helpful since we’re a small office and pretty much each little “program” is a one person show. We give an update on what we’re working on, tell each other what we need from each other, and are given new assignments.
10:45 AM | I feel like we have lots of 11 am meetings here. I usually greet the guests and offer them coffee. Sometimes someone will comment on how good I am at making coffee, and I’ll say, “Thanks, that’s why they hired me!” After everyone is settled, I usually work on stuff I was assigned during the staff meeting while it’s still fresh on my mind, especially as we’re preparing to make a big announcement! This is also the time that I take conference calls. Our office is out in the middle of nowhere, so I do lots of calls to avoid losing an hour of my work day driving. Today’s call is about working with a local agency to create a video.
12:00 PM | I take another quick break to be sure that my scheduled posts have gone through and are linked properly, then I draft up my blog Facebook post. It’s the one thing that I don’t pre-schedule, because the graphics don’t cooperate.
12:15 PM | Between 12:15 and 1 PM, I try to knock out as much administrative work as possible while the office is quiet and I’m here alone.
1:00 PM | Heat up my lunch, enjoy it at my desk, and delve into my Trello boards. I usually like to do my major projects in the afternoon, because I can work on them with limited interruptions. I’m currently working on a social media presentation for our board so that I can explain why we use social media, what we use, and what we’re exploring to use in the future. Prezi is totally new to me, but I love it so much more than Power Point.
2:45 PM | Choose a company holiday card. When counting all of the people that they needed to be sent to from old lists, I realize the lists overlap. So I spend a chunk of my afternoon trying to clear that up.
3:45 PM | Receive new drafts from our graphic designer and compare them to our old drafts. Submit changes and pray that she doesn’t hate me, because I feel so mean when I give feedback.
4:30 PM | Prepare everything for the next day. I usually clean my desk up, re-organize my Trello boards, and sort through the mountain of Post-It notes that has accumulated on my desk. I always end my day by checking over the analytics for our website and check our Facebook stats.
5:05 PM | Race out the door. Most days aren’t “mine” after work – I end up attending a meeting for an organization I’m involved, an event, or the occasional girl’s night out! On days that are “mine” after work, I pick up a burrito bowl on my way home, then hang out with my boyfriend and Francis for a little bit before I throw on some pajamas and start blogging. (I try to take my photos on weekends so that I can just focus on content creation during the week.) I try to make a little bit of time to work through Helene’s e-courses that I purchased – Quit Your Job to Blog and Instagram for Success. Instagram is the trickiest form of social media for me, because I forever feel like I gain one follower and lose two.
9:00 PM | Pick out an outfit and accessories for the next day, then shower. I lost a good amount of hair to chemo pills, and when it grew back, it had this awesome, wavy texture. I usually go to bed with wet hair so that it can air dry to it’s fullest texture potential.
10:00 PM | Curl up in bed with Francis and prepare to do it all over again tomorrow 🙂
Voila! There you have it – a busy day in my very exciting (lolol) life! What is your job title? What’s your day like? I would love to know more about how you spend your 8-5 🙂
Happy Monday, y’all! Be sure to come back tomorrow, because I have an awesome collaboration in the works. (I also look like I’m doing the Hotline Bling dance in the photos, so that alone makes it worth visiting in my opinion.)