You're probably getting used to this feature by now - each month we pick a member of the Blueleaf team and ask them to share what they get up to day-to-day. This month we can forgo the grumbling about tractors and country roads as we've caught up with our London-based project manager Tom. Tom's been with the team for around three months - we're delighted he's joined us and in just a short time he's got to grips with some of our biggest clients. Over to Tom...
06:00: I'm rudely awakened by my girlfriend who gets up every morning to do yoga at the foot of our bed. After a couple of minutes of listening to her chant I can normally drift back off before my alarm goes off a little later.
06:45 - 07:45: I say alarm, it's normally my 8 month-old cat who takes umbrage to waiting for breakfast and feels the need to pounce on my face until I agree to get up and feed him. After feeding the cat, it's a quick shower and into the kitchen to make a smoothie to take to work. I call it a smoothie, but it more closely resembles pond water as it's full of green veg and powders (and pineapple to make it tasty!).
07:45 - 08:30: The morning commute, which depending on the weather is either a walk or a bus ride, is carried out to the soundtrack of the week (this week it's a duo called 'Gareth and Annie').
08:30 - 09:30: After quickly checking to see if there are any urgent emails, the first hour of every day I try and keep for the most important thing on my to-do list from the day before... from there the schedule usually goes out of the window!
09:30 - 16:45: I'd love to be able to give an hour-by-hour run-through of my day... but it rarely happens in such a simple way (which in part is what makes the role interesting!) but I suppose the real question is - what does a project manager do?
In short, my role is to make sure my projects are delivered on schedule and meet client expectations, which means a lot of my time is spent talking to both clients and colleagues on the phone and over email, making sure the project is going well. This involves meetings with clients to discuss upcoming or ongoing projects, internal meetings to review progress, writing documents like project plans, status reports, functional specifications, collating feedback and meeting notes, research reports, browsing Google Analytics... the list could go on.
Ultimately, my role is to be a client's main point of contact at Blueleaf and to make sure they get something amazing for their budget.
16:45 - 17:30: I take a look at my to-do list, tick off anything I can and add anything new. I pick the most important thing on there and earmark it for the next morning and head out of the door between 5pm and 5.30pm.
It's not often I'm in the office after 5.30pm, as outside of Blueleaf I work as a musician (something Blueleaf have been incredibly supportive of in a very short time!) so I'm regularly off to rehearsals and shows somewhere in London.