Today I start a new job – a one year contract gig at a fancy bank downtown. It’s a radical departure in routine for me and the work will be similar to, but different from, the work I’ve been doing. And I’ll work on a newer version of the technology in which I specialize. Plus add in all new people in my work life and it feels like a lot of change!
So I”m “setting myself up for success”. Journaled yesterday about what I needed to do both on the job and in my life to ensure a smooth start. While this list is specific to my situation, I offer it as an example of what I’m talking about – prepare the field before you plant the seeds.
- Do my best
- Learn the players (connect with my new team and internal clients)
- Set realistic expectations (for myself and ensure that others have them of me)
- Be cheerful!
- Establish 10 PM bedtime so I’m asleep by 10:30
- Plan for healthy, quick meals
- Get snacks established so I have healthy snacks with me at work
- Set up a nighttime routine that gets as much done the night before as possible
- Get up 90 minutes before I have to leave so I can write (journal, blog) and not rush
Day 1, thus far, is off to a good start – now to finish getting ready for work and dive into setting myself up for success on the job.
What do you do to prepare for new ventures? Do you rush headlong into the new, do you malinger in fear, do you spend a lot of time rehearsing, do you set up a plan? What works for you? What hasn’t worked?