Thankfully this week wasn’t as eventful as the previous, even if the city’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, did declare a public health emergency following the toxic air that descended upon London.
17th – time to plan:
On a Tuesday, the team would usually need to stay much later than 5:30pm to ensure that the magazine was completed in time for the Wednesday deadline. Now, we’re getting things complete so much quicker. This allowed me to spend time researching and planning ahead for future issues.
18th – sunshine:
I noticed when I got off the tube and begun walking towards the office that the sun was shining down on my face. This brought a feeling of calm and was a nice change from the cold, rainy weather we’ve had of late.
19th – wedding invite:
Two of my good friends, Laura and Sarah, excitingly got engaged last October. Since they’ve got lots of friends, I wasn’t expecting to be asked to go but I was overjoyed when I received an invite! There’s nothing like planning for a wedding – even if it is six months away…
20th – working from home:
To promote our magazine, The Week Junior, we had a stand at Kidzania’s Careers Week event. Logistically it made no sense to go to the office for half an hour before leaving for my 11 o’clock start, so instead I worked from home for a couple of hours and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The sun was shining, I missed the morning rush and I was able to have marmite on my toast! The little things… plus I had an absolute blast at Kidzania. I hope to work there again sometime.
I was also greatful for old English gentlemen:
Usually on the tube, people push to get on, terrified that it’ll leave without them. On my way back to the office, after working a couple of hours at Kidzania, a gentleman who was probably in his 80’s insisted that I get on the tube first even though I had been behind him on the platform. It was so kind!
21st – a decent sleep:
I decided to head home the previous night to suprise my mum as my plans had changed last minute. It was pure heaven to not have noisy neighbours above me hollering throughout the night.
22nd – slipper socks:
In the Christmas sales I treated myself to an unbelievably cosy pair of slipper socks that have the fluffiest of linings. They were practically glued to my feet all weekend as I refused to take them off!
23rd – layers:
The increased pollution and dense fog meant that the temperature was also affected, making the morning commute a very chilly one.
#351: What is your least favourite personal quality in others? Extra points for sharing your least favourite personal quality in yourself.
I’d have to say some peoples inability to be organised. Some would say that I am borderline OCD when it comes to being organised but I can’t help it. I like to always know what’s happening and when, so that I can be as best prepared as possible. I hate hiccups in plans. Plus, I always think, if there are things you can do that will make things a lot smoother, then why wouldn’t you?! Just seems daft.
My least favourite personal quality in myself… the fact that I give into procrastination more often than I should when it comes to life admin!
#295: Tell us about the harshest, most difficult to hear — but accurate — criticism you’ve ever gotten. Does it still apply?
I can’t say I’ve ever been scarred by someones comments but I vaguely remember an ex telling me that I’m too controlling (as they always tend to fall back on), but I guess their assumption stems from my OCD tendencies to organise and simply wanting to make things (that are of course influenceable) as perfect as possible. I guess it still applies today because if there’s a way of making something easier in the future by planning/organising now, I will of course do it – it makes perfect sense to me! And if I think this could benefit someone else, I would encourage them to do so – it’s up to them whether they take my advice, I wouldn’t force people into things. I do remember consciously thinking about everything I said or did after receiving that comment, but this was over three/four years ago now so I’ve learnt not to let it bother me – plus every group needs an organiser right?
#100: Imperfections — in things, in people, in places — add character to life. Tell us about an imperfection that you cherish.
I cherish my imperfect OCD behaviour when it comes to planning and organisation. I’ve discovered that if I am given an event to organise (regardless of whether it be for work or family/friends), I live, eat, breathe and sleep everything about the event! I am always driven to make sure that everything that can be organised, is organised ahead of the event, so that nothing goes wrong upon set up or during the event. In my eyes, everything has to be perfect!
The reason I have classed it as an imperfection, is purely because others can sometimes find it irritating just HOW organised I am and how far I plan ahead! I’ve always said that I’d rather be organised and early for everything as opposed to flustered and running late.