Hopefully I have made my life easier for a change. I switched my relaxing weekend for 16 hours of work on the Graduation Tabloid this weekend.
I work for a small newspaper in my home town. Unfortunately, I have proved to be the “do it all” or “office mule.” When I say do it all, I mean do it all. From deposits, to cleaning, to writing a column, and production of the weekly paper, I can and have performed every job in this office. Some days it is okay, others it can be quite a headache.
We have three special projects a year that we produce, the Frisco League basketball tournament guide, the Future Farmers of America tabloid and the Graduation Tabloid. This past year, I have sold the Frisco guide, built the FFA guide and now am selling, formatting, and building the Graduation project.
So for the past month, at least two days a week, I have been going out to sell ads for this project. I have four towns to sell in, Waynesville, St. Robert, Dixon and Crocker. My boss has only one town to sell. Why you ask? hmmmmm…. Let’s just say that her productivity has a few tangles.
I think I have done pretty well with sales on this one especially since I have only been out a few times. I also have everything else that I normally have to do during the week to work on here in the office. So that leaves me a little less time than I had when I only built the project last year. I almost feel like it is a race to the finish line right now.
So this weekend, instead of relaxing and cleaning house (which it dearly needs!) I came here to the office and worked. It is not physical labor, but formatting 500 or so photos in a day leaves you drained. One school took almost 6 hours to complete. It took almost an hour to open all of the photos on my computer. Next time I will remember to open a section at a time instead of all of them at once.
All of the photos are formatted. Some of the ads are completed. Some of the pages have been started. I have a head start on the crunch next week. I plan to have a lot of this complete before this next weekend. I have the boys next week so planning ahead is always a good thing. Hopefully, with working over this week I will be able to avoid much stress this one.