Three (3) Things Thursday

  1. How long does it take to feel comfortable in a new professional role? I’ve been all promoted for over a month now, and I still have an extreme lack of confidence coupled with an equally extreme surplus of anxiety about my new job. The worst part? I’m don’t know how to figure out how to do my new job. I’m trying – reaching out to people in similar roles in other departments – but there is virtually no documentation in this department for this role. And a surprising amount of clean-up.
  2. I am alternately confident and scared that I have a triathlon in 10 days! (TEN! DAYS!) I feel that I am at least as well trained as for the first one (July 2009), and better prepared, since it’s not my first. BUT, I also feel that I am not as well prepared as I could be. I haven’t done a single brick workout. Not one. ACK!
  3. I’ve been driving to work almost every day (trying for 3x/week and carpooling with the architect the other 1-2x/week; it’s a wee bit out of his way to drop me off, but not too bad…) and paying for parking. $11/day. That seems like such a large amount of money to me, until I stop & think about how much my time is worth (according to my employers, obviously I’m worth even more than that), and how much time I’m saving by driving instead of busing (answer, approximately 1.5 hours/day) and how that’s probably worth it. (FYI, this is also how I justified getting a housecleaner.) The only thing I don’t like is it does cut down on my reading time. And sometimes it’s harder to leave here when I don’t have to run to catch a bus. But still, 1.5 hours/day SAVED!

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Recent Comments

  • bobbi
    June 2, 2011 - 7:58 am ·

    1. every new job has what I call the “six months of stupid.” a promotion may be a little less (since at least you don’t have to figure out basics like the computer system and the phones) but still. 6 months.
    2. You are gonna ROCK that tri!
    3. I’d probably pay too – 1.5 hours a day times 5 days a week = a hell of a lot of time saved.

  • Heather
    June 2, 2011 - 8:38 am ·

    I hate it when positions lack mentoring; it makes it so much harder to get a feel for how you’re doing. I’m sure you’re knocking it out of the park. 🙂

  • Alisa
    June 3, 2011 - 11:14 am ·

    I think your work is especially bad with mentoring ;(. I’m sure you’re doing great. Maybe after sunday you’ll have a little more spring in your step b/c you’ll be rockin’ some awesome new professional clothes :). Any sort of beautification makes me more confident. I know you’re doing great.

    I hear you on the driving, that’s why I do it. I just cannot be bothered to wait around when I could be doing something I actually want to be doing. It might add costs to the monthly budget but for me, it is worth it to be on my own schedule and to have shorter commute times allowing more time for house stuff, training and relaxing. I think with the new role at work should come parking. If you’re given a chance to negoiate anything again, I think you should push for it saying you’ll have more productive hours, etc b/c you’ll be able to come and go when they (YOU) need to.

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