My alarm goes off. Working from home means I can enjoy a little extra sleep. I make myself a coffee and toast, read the news on my phone and catch some sunshine to wake up properly.
Work time. I’m in Brisbane, but with border restrictions I was fortunately able to work my third rotation remotely in the Behavioural Research & Policy team, which is primarily based in Sydney and Melbourne. I decided to do my own personal daylight savings and start and finish my day early to sync up with my team. The first thing I do is read through my emails, which include ASIC’s daily media report. It’s a great way to stay on top of what’s happening at ASIC, across the industry and in government.
As my team is split across three offices, we catch up three times a week for a quick morning video call. We chat about our work, what’s happening in the news or just share a funny story from our personal lives. It’s a great way to maintain the social connection while most of the team is still working from home.
Time to get stuck into my rotation project. I’m working on a paper that looks into complexity in the credit card industry, which will supplement a report my team is preparing on the challenges faced by financial consumers when dealing with complexity. My paper might be sent out in a media pack accompanying the main report, so I’m working on communicating the most salient findings with appealing graphics.
My dog walks into my office so I take the opportunity to play with her while I brew another coffee and stretch my legs.
I keep chipping away at my credit card research, now looking at the features of one specific credit card for a more detailed analysis.
Each week I video call my manager for our one-on-one catch-up. We fill each other in on the work we’re doing, the behavioural science podcasts we’ve been listening to and our plans for the weekend. It’s also a good opportunity for me to run some ideas for my paper by my manager, who provides me with helpful feedback and steers me in the right direction.
Lunch time. I jump on my bike and ride down the road to my regular local lunch spot. It’s a beautiful sunny day so I spend the rest of my lunch break down by the river listening to music and enjoying the breeze.
One of my team members has asked me to research a legal issue concerning remediation payments. I’ve almost finished, but just want to research one last point and do a final proofread of my file note.
I receive a message from some of the recent Brisbane grads who have organised to meet for drinks on Friday night. Since a lot of us have been working from home, we’re all looking forwards to catching up in person, so I let them know I’ll be there.
I’ve found the answer to the last legal point I was researching and am now happy with how my file note looks so I send it off.
The day starting early also means that it finishes early, so I make a mental note of the tasks and meetings I have on for the rest of the week before logging off and heading out to play basketball with some of my mates.