The working world can make you crazy

by Ginger on July 8, 2009

in The 9-5

Um, so yeah, I disappeared for a few days. What can I say? A holiday weekend, followed by a stomach virus added to crazy pants time at work means that this poor little blog gets the shaft for a bit. But I’m back, at least for now.

The biggest thing on my mind lately (besides babyness of course) is work. Crazy crazy pants work. Insano-land work.

For starters, we’ve just finished up the fiscal year, so the last few weeks were taken up with finalizing all the budgetary stuff for my department. Being that I’m in marketing, I have one of the largest budgets in the company which is fantastic and all, but means that getting through the budgeting process is that much more tedious and time consuming. At the end of the day, I always end up having to sacrifice big chunks of money and redo the budget at the last second. We always make it work, but it can be annoying. Welcome to marketing.

Next up, it’s annual review time. Woohoo!! Who doesn’t love the review process at a big corporation? Seriously, how exactly does one quantify “Respect?” Anyway, the review process for me is actually pretty light–I’ve just got to do my own self-review and one review for my direct report. But even with just those two, it’s very time consuming and ends up hurting my brain. Particularly for my direct report’s review–I feel so much responsibility to do her justice in her review that I stress over it up until deadline day.

Then there’s the two-book project that seems to have a sole goal of killing each member of the marketing and publicity group. This project drives me nuts because the books? Are fantastic. Or will be if they don’t get hacked to death by “the committee.” It’s a definite case of too many cooks in the kitchen–and those cooks are starting to try and run the marketing plan as well. Which would be fine and all, if any of them had any idea of how to market the darn things. Instead of taking the advice of my marketing department, and our years of experience, these folks keep trying to come up with ideas that are guaranteed to 1) not sell a single book 2) cost a boatload of money and 3) drive me insane.

Of course, we’ve also got the giant, enormous, monster project I’m working on…planning the revamp of 4 (yes FOUR) websites simultaneously. With almost all of the actual work to be done during my maternity leave. Um, yeah, this is my pet project, one I’ve been working on for at least a good 8 months, and we’re finally through the approval process and about to start the nitty-gritty actually get shit done process–and ALL my plans have to be in place before I leave to have the kid. Getting through the approval process alone almost killed me, but now that we’re through that, I’m stoked to get started, even if I’m completely stressed about it. Is it ideal that it’s going to be going on during my maternity leave? No, but that’s what happens when it takes this long to get approvals!

And, speaking of maternity leave, I also am trying to put 3 months of marketing plans into place, so that the department can continue to operate while I’m out. 3 months is a long time to be gone from this department–so many marketing decisions are made on quick turn around deadlines. I’m not nervous about the marketing department so much as I’m nervous about the other groups we work with. I’ve worked really really hard to get everyone in my division to understand the role of marketing, and what we can and can’t do, and I’m nervous about losing that forward momentum I’ve worked so hard for. So I want to have as much as possible detailed out before I leave, as a small little buffer for my group. It wo’t be completely successful, that much I know, but if it helps even a little, it will be worth it.

One of the things that is so strange to me is that I’m “grown-up” enough for these to be issues in my life. I’m definitely at a point in my life where my career is past entry level, and that is weird for me sometimes. And obviously, can cause stress and such. But at the same time, I’m proud of myself that I have a job I’m good at, that can be fulfilling, and that isn’t just…filler in my life.

Ali July 9, 2009 at 2:58 pm

You are one busy little mama-to-be! And seem to be handling it extremely well.

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