Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Interesting Perspective

Yesterday at the gym, my instructor made the comment, "That little voice in your head can tell you positive or negative things. You have to train it to say the right things to you."

For me, these blog entries are designed to help me remember to stay positive and keep a good perspective on life.

To help me in the initial stages of returning to the workforce in a new industry, I have a message written on my mirror: "One day at a time. Do your best." I see it before I head to work every morning. I try to internalize it as I get overwhelmed with the new jargon, procedures and people.

I've never written stuff on my bathroom mirror before. But, this is a year of great changes. I'm not 100% sure where I'll end up at the end of 2013, but I want it to be a better place than I have been the last six years of my life.

In the evening, I also remind myself that this isn't my first industry shift. It's just my first industry shift in a while. I have to remind myself that most aspects of job life are not mastered in a single day. I will make mistakes. As long as I make different ones, I'm improving (I got that sentiment from a January 2013 This American Life on self-improvement). Everything will come together for me; it just takes time.

Today I'm grateful for all of the new things that I have to learn. As overwhelming as it can seem at times, it's helping to keep my brain young (which is a nice antithesis to the gray hairs sprouting up around it :P).

Saturday, February 2, 2013

What I Learned After Being Employed for 1 Week

Apparently, it's detrimental to a blog-three-times-a-week goal :-)

It took me a few days to get back into the swing of structuring a day around 8 hours of committed time (plus commute). To keep my sanity, I decided to eliminate all extracurriculars for the week and instead focus on catching up on sleep and getting back into the 9-to-5 routine.

By Friday, I had regained my confidence, realizing that I am once again a productive member of society.

Posting may be light over the next couple of weeks, but I hope to get back to a 3X posting schedule within a few weeks.