2008 was a difficult year, but really good in a lot of ways.
My work year was dominated by working on Treasury’s Climate Change Modelling. The report that I helped write, Australia’s Low Pollution Future is a major piece of work. But delivering it was a lot of work. Pretty much from February through to the end of October we were working on producing the modelling and writing the report.
The first half of the year was marked with a lot of uncertainty following the election of the new Government, along with the difficulties involved in working out exactly what was needed for the work project.
The only major break away from it was an overseas trip to meet with other modellers overseas, and to attend a few conferences. I travelled to the Netherlands, Sweden, London, Paris, Berlin and Washington DC. It was a good, but exhausting trip were I learnt a lot.
Immediately after that Helen and I travelled to Fiji for a weeks of holiday. That was fantastic, and I think without that week off I wouldn’t have made it through the year sane.
But after that, it was straight back into the intense period of the project. I’ve never really worked that hard that long – there have always been periods of hard work, but they’ve always in the past been balanced by times of relaxing. In this case, it was pretty much non-stop. Even once the report was done, we had about one day of down time before we were straight back into more intense work – both responding to the coverage and criticism of our report, and also running four recruitment rounds for my unit.
Between all that, there’s been less time for things outside work than I would have liked. A couple of overseas holidays wedged in there (Fiji and New Zealand), but the two weeks of Christmas leave have been the longest period of time I’ve had away from working all year.
For 2009, there’s a lot of exciting stuff to look forward to at work. But my biggest hope is to spend a bit more time on personal stuff, because I certainly didn’t do much in 2008!