A Day in The Life of a PowerPoint Presentation Designer

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A Day in The Life of a PowerPoint Presentation Designer

Being in a creative role can be interesting, inspiring, stressful, but never boring.  Each day brings something new and working as a PowerPoint Presentation Designer is no different.  There are days when it’s cruisy and I manage to get through the day without glitches, and then there are those crazy days with lots of deadlines, phone call after phone call, dozens of emails and the clock that ticks away to remind me the deadlines are coming and there’s no getting around them.

So, enjoy reading an example of a day in the life…

5:45 am: My alarm goes off and the first thing I do is turn to my phone to read the latest news bulletins. I enjoy being informed and keeping up to date with what’s happening, not just locally but worldwide.

6:00 am: I get ready for my daily 45 min workout routine. Starting the day with exercise has always been important to me as it energises me, helps me manage my stress levels and allows me to maintain a positive frame of mind.

7:00 am: Shower and have a healthy breakfast.

8:15 am: Get to work and ease into my space.  My co-workers aren’t here yet, so this gives me an opportunity to set up for the day.  I make myself a cup of Sencha tea and check my emails, responding immediately to anything that’s urgent.

9:00 am: The team start to show up and the sound of light hearted chatter fills the office, we quickly catch up on how our previous night was.  We then get into serious work mode, discussing what needs to be done, pressing issues, deadlines, who we need to follow up and where we are at with projects.

10:00 am – 11:30 am: I complete a draft presentation I’ve been working on for the last couple of days which is due to go back to the client by lunchtime for feedback and approval. In between doing that, I also take a couple of phone enquiries about PowerPoint design.

11:30 am – 11:50 am: Time to run to the kitchen and make myself a cup of coffee (a skinny flat white in case you’re wondering) and do a final check of the draft presentation before emailing it off to the client.

11:50 am –12:00 pm: I check my emails again and respond as required.

12.00 pm – 2.20 pm: Time to start working on the next project, an animated presentation… the deadline for the first draft is two days away… Yikes!!!  To create presentations, I use PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and sometimes Prezi. The pace is on, but the funny banter between my co-workers keeps me balanced and feeling upbeat in between the pressure of delivering on time.

2:20 pm – 2.50 pm: I have a late lunch at my desk and have a quick glance at my diary to see how I’m tracking. I cross some tasks off from my diary, move other non-client related tasks around and send a few more emails.

2:50 pm – 3.00 pm: I review and sign off on some upcoming social media campaigns (that include a blog, new case study and upcoming Newsletter).

3.00 pm: Back to it!  I continue working through my animated presentation and whilst doing this, I also take time to think about what I’ll be making for dinner that night, and hope I get out in time to grab some groceries.

4:15 pm: Kids texting me what’s for dinner and when will I be home… I won’t be long I tell them (and myself), secretly crossing my fingers.

4:25 pm: I have a brief discussion with colleagues to get their feedback on the animated presentation. I keep working.

4.30 pm – 5.45 pm: I continue working uninterrupted and manage to get more done than expected. I end each day the same way – by doing one last check of my emails.

5.50 pm: It’s time to change from my heels in to my sneakers and go on my daily walk home (which I thoroughly enjoy as it allows me to unwind before I get home).

To be honest, some days are so stressful I barely have time to think, but most days I think how lucky am I to be doing exactly what I love. Working with amazing people, for fabulous companies, on projects that are never dull, and a multitude of brands that truly inspire me.

Back tomorrow to do it all over again!

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