My typical work day...
Once I wake up, I am now in the habit of NOT going on my phone right away like I used to. Instead, I head downstairs, and make my coffee and settle in to enjoy it on my couch. I do a scan on Twitter to get caught up the news. I have created a Twitter list - this is a really handy feature, you can create your own list that lets you curate the accounts you want to follow. I have several Twitter Lists - one of local media and national media that helps me keep current.
Here is a helpful video if you want to learn how to create a Twitter list of your own if you are interested
My work day is not teaching - as some of you know I am a marketing lead at the City of Calgary. My team is responsible for the social media accounts including: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
I connect with my co-workers using Microsoft Teams, we use the video call feature for meetings throughout the day and the chat to instant message. This is a new tool since the COVID 19 pandemic, and I am really impressed with how it has reduced the number of emails but increased a sense of connection with my team. We have had fun incorporating unique backgrounds for video calls, and using GIFS in the chats which help bring some personality to our interactions too. Twice a week we do a virtual coffee chat, using the video call feature. I love that we are able to talk about things other than work - like what Netflix series you are bingeing, (for me, it is Schitts Creek)
Throughout my day I am helping to:
- Create content for our channels - that could be a Livestream video of our media conferences of our Mayor or Chief Emergency officer
- Respond to citizens - we get an average of 800+ incoming messages via social media per day
- Setting the strategy for a campaign or initiative - this is where I actively seek ideas for how to be effective and innovative in how we share content. I watch Youtube videos, follow other government org and brands on social media and get inspired!
- Manage my team of 10 people
I usually sign off work around 5 pm.
I have a GOOGLE home hub - in my kitchen and will use it to guide me through a new recipe to cook for dinner. "Ok Google, what can I make with asparagus?" And the screen will show/tell me the steps to take for my recipe. Or play a Youtube video, or connect to the news. I love it.
I am an avid podcast listener, so when I take my dog Ivy for a walk in the evening I am usually listening to one, or an audio book I have downloaded from the Calgary Public Library. My favourites are usually non fiction and based on self development or marketing/business topics for my work. Of course I wear my FITBIT to track my steps and to encourage me to be more active throughout the day.
Spending time with my husband and son is really important to me. Lately we have been watching the series "The Last Dance" about Michael Jordan together since we all love basketball.
Lastly, I might go on Youtube before going to bed to look up "How To Garden" videos. I have always had a small garden but am trying to expand my growing horizons this year.
In summary, I would say that I am very connected to technology. Not only do I love gadgets, but I am hyper connected to social media, through work and my own personal use. I see the benefit to being able to source new ideas/inspiration and learning through audiobooks, podcasts and Youtube videos.
It was an interesting reflection to realize how much I rely on technology, and I'm curious to see how this compares to the rest of ECI830 class.