In a couple of days' time, I'll be starting a new job. A part-time job in the field of psychology again. Yes, I'm back on duty. And, I'm very excited.
What do you usually do when you begin a new job? What kind of preparations do you make? How do you make the transition easier and smoother?
As someone who's been working from home and online most of the time for the past 3+ years, I have to remind myself a few things, now that I'm going to be out and about more:
1) I shouldn't wear my pajamas to work anymore. Well, not on days when I'm on "outside world duty" anyway. And, 'smart casual' doesn't mean a pair of old jeans and a comfy long-sleeved top.
2) I've got to wear sensible shoes. No more fluffy purple slippers or pink furry ugg boots.
3) I need to sleep and wake up like a normal person again. Going to bed at 4am is not an option. Especially not if I have to wake up at 5.30am.
4) I have to learn how to commute again. You know --- buses and trains, waiting and timetables... Maybe a good excuse to buy an MP3 player?
5) I have to get used to seeing my son a bit less, 2.5 to 3x a week. I must admit, this is a biggie for me.
6) I need to remind myself how to write in APA-style, when called for (and not just hyperlink all the time).
7) I should be careful about what I blog too. I don't want to join the ranks of dooced bloggers. Even though they seem to get plenty of press coverage (book deals and all!).
Hmmm... I wonder if there's anything else I need to add to this list?
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.