Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Help Them Help You

When I get sick, I turn into a Zombie. The minute my brain fills with goo, I can't think, I have a hard time talking and I generally just want to sleep and sleep and sleep. This leaves my husband clueless as to my well being. And because having Type 1 diabetes complicates everything, it makes him worry that something really bad is going on.

Also, he never gets sick. He's been sick maybe once in our ten year marriage, so being sick is foreign to him.

We'd talked before about making this scenario easier for both of us, but once I got better, other things caught my attention and I forgot again until we were stuck back in the same situation.

But no more...

because I have created the Illness Indicator.

It's a one page check list that I can use to let him know what is going on with my health. It covers all the bases, both normal medical and diabetes specific (ketones, etc.) and has a handy section reminding him of foods I like to eat when I am sick.

I went over it with him to make sure everything made sense, printed it out to make sure it worked well (enough space to actually check off the boxes, etc.) and now have a stack in the cabinet ready for the next time I feel sick.

I encourage you to make your own so that you can help your loved ones, help you.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tweak What's Needed

I officially have 4 weeks of work finished. 4 weeks of 4, 11 hour days (10 paid work, 1 lunch). There were a few adjustments that had to be made but overall all my plans work perfectly.

Having my outfits ready to go was utter brilliance, however, also pairing shoes with each outfit was overkill (especially since I ended up wearing the same 3 pairs over and over).

Having all my lunches made and in the freezer, made it much easier to get out the door in the morning. I then heated them up at work and added a huge green salad (provided by work). They kept me well fed and nourished and ready to get back to work.

I also:

Moved my wake-up time back a half hour to give me more wiggle room. (I didn't like feeling rushed in the morning.)

I found a calmer drive to/from work. (Avoiding a major highway connecting Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA.)


I integrated my afternoon workout right into my schedule. Everyone I work with knows that I will be at the gym/outside from 3-4pm so they can plan ahead if need be.

All these little tweaks made things work out even better than expected. I look forward to heading back to work in 2011 refreshed and ready to go!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hug A Community Manager Today

Yes, that is my job title: Community Manager (aka: Online Community Manager). And what, you say, does a Community Manager do?

A community manager actively monitors, participates in and engages others within online communities. These communities can be on Twitter, Facebook, message boards, intranets, wherever groups of people come together to converse and interact with each other... A community manager acts as an ambassador for your organization, whether that person is an employee or contracted to manage your social web presence. A good community manager gives a human form to the faceless corporation.
-David Armano
(Excerpt from Fire Your Marketing Manager and Hire A Community Manager)

Did that help a little? If not, go ahead and read the whole article.

And for extra credit, here's 10 Fresh Tips For Community Managers

Ok, I'll take those hugs now.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Stock Your Arsenal

Would you like to look inside my Community Manager box of wondrous and useful things? I expect to stock it up even more after a few months of work are under my belt, but so far this is what I have:

Jono Bacon, The Art of Community
Dawn Foster, Companies and Communities: Participating Without Being Sleazy
Patrick O'Keefe, Managing Online Communities

Blog Posts
10 Fresh Tips For Community Managers
Community Manager Tips (Series)

Twitter Hashtags
(For searching out conversations about community management.)

You are welcome.