Of course, it may not matter too much in the months to come, as my time to do graphics work will likely be limited even further. My primary responsibility, obviously, is proofreading, and there's going to be a lot more of that coming my way. Currently, our standard monthly output is sixty-four catalog pages, plus four pages per week for the weekly newsletter. For 2007, the standard output is going up to eighty catalog pages per month. For January (for which pages have just started to come through), there will be ninety-six pages. That's going to be keeping me busy. I'm not terribly concerned about eighty pages per month--it's a lot, but I'll be able to handle it without too much trouble. Ninety-six, though...I know I'll get through it, but I'm also sure that there will be some tense moments.
This increased output is something else my boss and I discussed at the bar last week. I wasn't even aware at the time of the changes; she told me she was concerned about my workload, and then she told me how many pages we would be doing. I'm fairly certain she was about to launch into a spiel about sharing the load, but I cut her off before she got there. I hate letting anyone else look at my pages. The last time anyone besides myself did any proofreading for the catalog was in June, when I was in Cozumel for a week with Brandi. When the July catalogs came out, I had people come to my desk on several occasions to point out errors that had gotten though, and sure enough, all of them were on pages that I had not seen. I didn't throw my replacement under the bus; I just noted the errors and moved on.
So I'm pretty protective of my pages. It's not that I hate being hassled about errors; I just take a lot of pride in the integrity of our catalog, and I hate entrusting it to anyone else. So I'm not about to start handing off my workload just because we're going to be publishing more pages. I understand the importance of getting them done in a timely fashion. I also understand the importance of getting them done right. I'm not trying to say here that I refuse to hand off pages if it's absolutely necessary; I'm just saying that I fully intend to make certain it does not become necessary. So I told my boss that I was ready, willing, and able to take on the added work, and that she could stop worrying about me. Aside from ensuring that all pages would stay mine with no interference, I think I also impressed her with my moxie. That'll come in handy during my annual performance review (which is coming up in two weeks), I'm sure.
Just a couple more work notes, so I can get it all out of my system for a while: