Making a change from a job that has never been a great fit--long hours, high stress, high demands on availability--to something that should be a lot better. But I'm feeling burned out, scattered, underperforming, and foggy. What are your best tips for getting your head back on straight at work when you're leaving a job that wasn't good for you? How do I make a fresh start?
I got a verbal offer I discussed in this thread
, and now I'm just waiting for the written offer before handing in my notice. So, yay!
I've been at my current job for 7 years, and it's made me a bundle of nerves. I am a slave to my Blackberry and check it constantly. I'm always in apprehension of rush projects that will take over my day/night/weekend/life. Constant availability has made me jumpy. And, I have to say, the stress, and never relaxing, never making plans with friends, the caginess with my schedule, have made me a little weird and hermity. I feel really scattered, but that may just be because I'm long overdue for a vacation. People have been nice though; this is not a toxic workplace scenario, if that changes your answers.
I'll have 2-3 weeks between my last day at the old job and the first day at the new job. I'll get out of town and do something relaxing for the whole time.
How can I best reset my brain in that time? I want to skough off this bad experience to start fresh, open heart and mind, at the new place. I realize that new place will have its own unique challenges, but has great potential; I'm just looking for tips and hacks to be in the best mental shape on day 1.