The Joy of Work
April 4, 2011 8:38 PM Subscribe
I'm starting a new job. What are the weird little things you do on a daily, or weekly basis to a) get up to speed in a new workplace, or b) 'get your game on' to be worky/professional at your job, or c) quite literally, not go crazy from work-stress?
posted by Elysum to Work & Money (13 answers total) 68 users marked this as a favorite
I need to "Suit up!".
I've been unemployed for awhile, and burned out at my previous job due to depression, anxiety (& adhd behaviour). I was putting in longer and longer hours, getting less and less done, so insecure I was charging out even less, and finally, so anxious I couldn't even walk in the door of the office. I'm healthy now, and despite a steep initial learning curve, the new job seems like a healthy work environment, so I'm really wanting to get off on a good foot, and take action to keep my stress levels out of the danger zone.
So, what keeps you going day-to-day? What are the normal or even 'silly' little things do you do (or don't do), at or outside of work, that keep you functional at work?
I am especially trying to come up with concrete suggestions of the sort I can put in a checklist, to keep it more manageable - and give things a decent go.
4 things I am planning:
* I bought a journal, to quickly record things I need to learn at work, and keep a basic to-do list - further suggestions welcomed.
* Sticking to a good hours at work - getting there a little early, and leaving on time.
* Going to yoga at least once a week after work - stretchy de-stressy exercise!
* I'm hiring someone to come help me clean my house for 2 hours on the weekend, to take some pressure off.
I am very nervous and excited about this position, and the chance of a fresh start - Thank you MeFi for your help in this!