• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Life under deadlines

spb_lady

Senior Member
Joined
Jul 1, 2010
Messages
364
Reaction score
0
[beginning of complain] Haven't posted here for a while... lot's of things were changing at the end of the year. I'm still in a pretty hardcore transition, but things are slowly settling down around me. I just started a new job a few weeks ago and it seems that I will love this one. But for now it's being pretty stressful. Part of it is the fact that it's all in a foreign language... even in two of them. Another part is that the processes I'm supposed to manage aren't somehow formalized yet, so I need to create the standards myself. But I realize that I have no energy and time for planning some strategy, because I'm just dieing under every day deadlines, hundreds of e-mails and small things to do. I ended up working at home last evenings in order to cover at least some deadlines, but it doesn't feel like a right thing to do and I have no idea how to get out of this hole. May be it's just the first period of adaptation and things will get better eventually as I get used to the job, but for now I'm just depressed. Wise tips how to survive needed!
[end of complain]
 

gnatty8

Distinguished Member
Joined
Nov 12, 2006
Messages
9,922
Reaction score
2,003
Working in multiple languages must be rough, I don't envy you.

For these processes, that need to be formalized, are they fairly homogenous? I am sure someone, somewhere has created standards for similar processes, so you may have an opportunity to leverage work that has already been done elsewhere. If your industry is specialized, you will likely find message boards that cater to people in your line of work. These can be rich resources for someone just getting started. In terms of working at home in the evenings; I hate to say it, but for a lot of people, a couple of hours a night at home are unavoidable perqs of being in a demanding role. Hopefully, your compensation reflects this.

Oh yeah, and things will get better as you adapt to the new job and things that seem difficult now, become routine. It's like a new language (which you seem to have some experience in also, lol), the more you use it, the more natural it becomes. Hang in there.
 

Douglas

Stupid ass member
Spamminator Moderator
Joined
Aug 17, 2007
Messages
14,658
Reaction score
2,297
Everything gnatty says is wise, though I have not personally experienced these message boards and such before. It is likely other people have implemented similar processes, but it can be hard to get your hands on them.

Just hang in there, accept that you'll have to work some extra hours for now, trust me that things will become more manageable and routine as you get used to them, and you'll inevitably speed up in the little things and digest the big picture to the point where you can make good process and strategy decisions. I guess it comes down to just, as gnatty says, hanging in there.

Good luck.
 

spb_lady

Senior Member
Joined
Jul 1, 2010
Messages
364
Reaction score
0
Originally Posted by gnatty8
Working in multiple languages must be rough, I don't envy you.

yeah... the problem is that I feel pretty comfortable with english... I speak russian twice a week now may be - when I call my parents or friends. And unfortunately my english is much better than most of my colleagues. Which makes handover a long and painful process. I try to ask something only in case of real emergency and even then it doesn't mean I will get some help.


Originally Posted by gnatty8
I am sure someone, somewhere has created standards for similar processes, so you may have an opportunity to leverage work that has already been done elsewhere.

that's a good tip by the way


I work in fashion and one of the problems I'm facing now - lack of analytics on sale process. I have a vision how it should be done, but it will probably take half of my life to make our IT department to understand what kind of software and graphics I need



Originally Posted by gnatty8
Oh yeah, and things will get better as you adapt to the new job and things that seem difficult now, become routine. It's like a new language (which you seem to have some experience in also, lol), the more you use it, the more natural it becomes. Hang in there.

right... I actually never thought it will be easy... thanx for support!
 

Thomas

Stylish Dinosaur
Spamminator Moderator
Joined
Jul 25, 2006
Messages
29,128
Reaction score
1,318
Just wanted to echo Gnatty's and Douglas's posts, particularly the part about hanging in there. There are a lot of things in a role that will get faster as you do them more often. Congratulations and good luck!
 

GQgeek

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Mar 4, 2002
Messages
17,933
Reaction score
84
Hopefully, work done upfront will reap dividends later. When I started my new job a few months ago, I was coming into a huge mess of a system that had absolutely no documentation and nothing was designed/configured according to industry best practices. I spent a lot of time during the day putting out fires and a lot of hours outside the office doing research and design work for the new solution I was going to put in place. I didn't have much of a social life. Most of the major infrastructure changes will be done at the end of January and then I can start leading a normal life again.

The most frustrating thing, for me, was getting bogged down in process. There were things that needed doing, that should have been simple, but because of some of the people involved, took a long time. I hate bureaucracy, but just work through it and it'll get better, eventually.

FYI, I'm in IT, and the thing to remember about IT departments is that most of them don't like dealing with users, even cute ones. I certainly don't because most of the time they're just wasting my time (I have people below me that are supposed to handle low level work but that doesn't stop some people).

I'm very conscious of my role in the overall business and that is to provide technology solutions so that the business can operate better and so that various stakeholders have the resources/information they need, and where i see potential improvements, I suggest them. However, many people in IT don't see beyond their own silos into the larger enterprise, and some can be very stuck in their own way of doing things because they don't want to learn anything new. Working with people like that can be a real pain.

I don't know what kind of software you have and what you want, but if the current tools aren't giving you the information you need, then don't go through IT, go through whatever level of management is appropriate in your organization and make a business case for it. If you sell management, they'll TELL IT to make it happen. If you have no idea what sort of software you need and your IT department isn't being helpful, start by seeing what other people in your industry are using. If you're totally lost here send me some info on what you're using now and i may be able to make some suggestions.
 

globetrotter

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Sep 28, 2004
Messages
20,607
Reaction score
400
triage - main issue is deciding what you really have to do. try to figure out a way to quickly put the things that need to be handled right away in one pile, the things that never need to be handled in another pile, and the stuff that you have to handle but can wait in a 3rd pile. I find that a lot of stuff simply doesnt' effect my business one way or another, so I don't waste any time on it.

the other advice above is good, too.


good luck
 

GQgeek

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Mar 4, 2002
Messages
17,933
Reaction score
84
Originally Posted by globetrotter
triage - main issue is deciding what you really have to do. try to figure out a way to quickly put the things that need to be handled right away in one pile, the things that never need to be handled in another pile, and the stuff that you have to handle but can wait in a 3rd pile. I find that a lot of stuff simply doesnt' effect my business one way or another, so I don't waste any time on it. the other advice above is good, too. good luck
^^ Yeah, good suggestion. And delegate where you can. If people are bugging you about trivial things that could be handled by someone beneath you, get that person to handle those requests and let everyone know they will be handling them so that you don't get pulled in. When you're new there's a desire not to say no to anyone, but in certain cases you just have to or offload to someone that's less burdened. I'd also suggest using some sort of flagging system in your email to represent the different piles. Don't just ignore emails though, respond and give people some sort of estimate of when you'll give them a real answer.
 

acidboy

Stylish Dinosaur
Spamminator Moderator
Joined
Mar 13, 2006
Messages
21,169
Reaction score
1,750
things will get better.
 

thinman

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2005
Messages
4,926
Reaction score
42
Originally Posted by globetrotter
triage - main issue is deciding what you really have to do. try to figure out a way to quickly put the things that need to be handled right away in one pile, the things that never need to be handled in another pile, and the stuff that you have to handle but can wait in a 3rd pile. I find that a lot of stuff simply doesnt' effect my business one way or another, so I don't waste any time on it.

the other advice above is good, too.


good luck


+1. This will give you time to strategize and formalize processes, which is where your real time-savings will eventually come. That and delegating everything you possibly can.
 

Dedalus

Distinguished Member
Joined
Sep 14, 2007
Messages
2,656
Reaction score
1
IMPORTANT NOTICE: No media files are hosted on these forums. By clicking the link below you agree to view content from an external website. We can not be held responsible for the suitability or legality of this material. If the video does not play, wait a minute or try again later. I AGREE

TIP: to embed Youtube clips, put only the encoded part of the Youtube URL, e.g. eBGIQ7ZuuiU between the tags.
 

Metlin

Distinguished Member
Joined
Feb 25, 2008
Messages
3,044
Reaction score
14
In addition to all the excellent posts above, I'll just say this -- take a break once in a while. You'll be amazed at how much as well-rested, even short, break can do to your spirits and overall attitude.

Everytime I get really bogged down by something, I just go on a 3 day weekend trip and go climbing or kayaking or something. It's terrific, especially when you're disconnected from people and gadgets.
 

spb_lady

Senior Member
Joined
Jul 1, 2010
Messages
364
Reaction score
0
Guys, thanks for your advice! Everything you said is more or less well known, but in the minute when I started to panic it was very helpful to read it once again.

Things already looked a bit better today in the morning as my bf took me to the beach this weekend
It cleared my head a lot.

And in the middle of the day HR had a meeting with me and asked me if I can interview one girl tomorrow for a position of my assistant!
I was about to kiss him, to tell the truth. It will be one month since I started to work in the company only on Friday... and I've got an assistant already. Nice surprise


Feels like I can see the horizon finally
 

Featured Sponsor

What's your favorite pair of shoes to wear with jeans? (Choose two)

  • Boots (Chelsea, Chukkas, Balmorals, etc.)

  • Loafers

  • Work boots (Red Wing, Wolverine, etc.)

  • Monk strap shoes

  • Oxford / Derby shoes

  • Sneakers


Results are only viewable after voting.

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
427,229
Messages
9,194,748
Members
193,107
Latest member
Paramar

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Top