A hot and uncomfortable night so that I was unable to sleep.
So by the time I got to my desk I was already tired and wanted an easy day.
A meeting with Institute Director Vijay Singh to discuss quotes for various items of print. I am unused to being questioned about what suppliers I use. He wanted me to put work with a new supplier, but in the end left the decision up to me (I placed the work with the existing printers we use).
Then we chatted for about an hour, unrelated to the Institute's current projects. He is interested in the tribal system in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan. He goes to the region several times a year.
Very hot day, as if it were summer.
In the afternoon an enquiry from a national newspaper which I parried (we don't really talk to the press).
Later I prepared an article for a specialist magazine, and I will write the first draft tomorrow.
In the morning Abi Reed (Telephone Surveys manager) gave a presentation on her research on the social care system and the broader topic of social services. It was a useful meeting and she had lots of new statistics. Campaign Manager Keith Chandler was also at the meeting writing notes furiously.
I put off writing the article I had prepared yesterday.
In the afternoon a meeting with Keith Chandler to discuss a campaign related to social services. It was very hard work. I was unsure what he hoped to achieve (other than being seen to do something - he has been criticised by Vijay Singh for not doing very much).
The day ended with a presentation by Deputy Director Lois Cooper on the effectiveness of business organisations - almost everyone in the Institute attended this presentation, crammed into the corner office. Lois Cooper is very overweight. She walked up and down continually as she spoke.
The meeting with Keith Chandler stayed in my mind, and at home I continued thinking. He is someone who has a record of behaving incompetently (and then blaming others for his mistakes). Just before I went to bed I wrote down five things I need to do to place myself beyond criticism.
This morning I wrote the campaign plan related to social services. It did not take too long to produce a first draft. I was helped by graphs produced by Abi Reed.
All around me the admin team were immersed in a mailshot. It seemed archaic to do this sort of work in-house rather than use a professional mailing company. However the admin team has its own internal politics which I have no interest in getting involved in.
Again I put off writing the magazine article although the deadline is approaching.
Vijay Singh told me that he is concerned about the way our "sister organisation" (and paymasters) were stealing too many of our ideas and presenting them as their own work.
Bright moon and Venus very prominent in the night sky.
Almost all of the day was taken up by a meeting called by Vijay Singh to discuss the social services campaign. Keith Chandler had not prepared for this meeting and Vijay Singh demolished his arguments. Abi Reed was called into the meeting to discuss her research.
I finally wrote the magazine article. I seem to do my best work at the absolute last minute. Perhaps I need the fear of an impending deadline to motivate myself.