I'm going a bit scatty trying to sort things out - I have reports from 24 chairmen of different societies, nearly all labelled 'chairman's report' or something very similar. Likewise, 'lecture report'. Why on earth don't people automatically put the name of their society on the report? I have them all in a folder and am having to open each, check which society it is, relabel it - and then some people have sent it twice, a couple not at all and I'm having to check and recheck against the list. I know I haven't been as efficient as I might have been, but I didn't realise it was going to be so tricky. I'll know better next time.
But - and sorry, I know I've said this before - I'm on several committees and have been secretary of quite a few, and it's always been obvious to me that a certain amount of information is useful in a label. The worst I ever had was a list of useful phone numbers and addresses from the Rector's then assistant, labelled Bengen (as in benefice gen). Months later, doing a search, how on earth was I to find it? But Committee Minutes is as bad. How about what committee and the date? It just seems obvious to me. Even if you put everything straight into folders, you need a different name for each document and if you want to find something, it's simplest to type the committee and date and do a search rather than physically open each document to check.
Of course, I should have done nearly all of this over the weekend, but other matters took my attention and I didn't have the heart to look at it last night either. Midnight oil tonight, though. Tomorrow evening is the absolute deadline and I hate to hit the wire (I received two more reports this evening, I couldn't send them out earlier).
So, obviously, I'm writing on the blog now instead of just getting on with it.
Music today, two double lessons. There are larger classes than usual this year - another 40 or so pupils applied late and filled the year, after the timetabling had been done for nine forms, and so there are about 28 pupils in each. And some of the pupils have learning and behavioural issues (though no bad behaviour at all so far, the lessons have been fine), so the teacher is keeping to a careful structure. All the same, they have to do some independent work in small groups and so the class was divided into three for some of the lesson, so that each group in turn could learn their work on the keyboard, drums and guitar. I'm finally mastering the guitar, in theory at least, and can show how to play it, although I'm not ready to give a demonstration. I wonder if Ro has left his guitar here or taken it with him. If it's here, I should ask if he minds me having a try.
Thanks again for your kind and thoughtful messages and emails. They have meant a lot. Thank you.