Thursday, July 26, 2018

More On What I Do, or Why There Was No Blog Yesterday

I knew it would happen, but it doesn't mean I like it.  I've been working hard at keeping this going on a daily basis.  Writing and planning blogs in advance, setting them up so they can post automatically and using IFTTT to automatically post to Facebook.  Trying to make it all look seamless.

But I knew there would be a bump in the road and it happened yesterday.  Or rather, the effects were felt yesterday.

It relates to my job.  I've written about it before and explained it in a little more detail, but generally I'm a project manager in the legal field.  And projects have deadlines.  Generally, they are known, but sometimes you are caught off guard with a unexpected change in the date.

Further, we generally try to staff and prepare for our projects in such a way that we can work consistently and steadily at a reasonable pace.  But we always know there will come a time where everything goes out the window.  "Crunch" time as it is affectionately called.  And make no mistake, we feel the crunch.

This has been one such time.  It's also why I'm still in the office, with work still to do.

Generally, I like my job.  I like the flexibility it affords.  This, though, is the cost.

Thankfully, this time is not nearly as bad as last October.  That was a time that we were expect to perform a miracle.  One million documents, plus, reviewed and through privilege review, in six weeks. We worked long days, we worked every day.  A team of thirty.  I worked every day, except two during that entire six week period, and well into the nights.  There were a couple of times I was finalizing a log element up to 2:00 am, turning around and waking up at 6:00 am to drive back in.

That was rough.  It was challenging, but it's what I do.

Thankfully, this will not be nearly as long.


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