Short timer

Monday, February 13, 2012

So this post is a little difficult to write and I've been thinking about how to address it for a few days now.  How better than to do it than through my new title at work: short timer.  According to Urban Dictionary, a short timer is:

That bastard co-worker who found a better job and no longer gives a shit about shit.

Yep, I am leaving my current job!  This has been my first job out of college and I've been here almost a full six years.  However, I've known for awhile that my first job would not be the end goal of my career and it has steadily and consistently sucked the living daylight out of me.  I have consistently churned out 70-80 hour work weeks for the last six years and it's time to move on.  However, instead of focusing on what I'm not going to miss, let's focus on the countless things that I'm going to miss about it - the limitless access to resources, things I've learned, and mostly, the people that I've met.  Well, most of the people I've met...

So, crystal ball, what does my future hold?  I will actually be joining a start up nonprofit in the beginning of March!  A complete 180 from where I have been.  And I will be working from home initially so I am most desirous of advice from those of you bloggers who do and how you stay focused and motivated.  Mostly, I am really excited about the flexibility I will have in my work schedule and the new direction that I'll be able to take my career.

I've received so much support from Frenchie, my family and my friends - it's really reassuring to know that people have faith in me and my abilities.  I will be updating you all more often and cheers to 2012!

11 comments:

  1. Good luck to you - I´d love to work from home! :-)

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  2. That's awesome! Good luck with your new career.

    I tried to work from home. It's better to venture out of your element. Become a Starbuck regular. Get a coffee. Get cozy. Then get working :)

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  3. congrats, how exciting after 6 years.

    i have studied at home and the main thing is to be disciplined and not think too much about being home. i would have a start and end time, like a job. i started by 9am and finished up by 5pm. had a lunch break.

    of course it meant i could pop into the kitchen whenever i liked, answer the phone, etc, but the main thing was to have an attitude of schedule, and that when it was finished it was finished. 5pm no more work, weekends were weekends.

    good luck!

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  4. Hooray new job!!! Must be something in the ether :)

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  5. Oh, congratulations! That is so exciting. Sounds like a great plan. Can't wait to hear more. X

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  6. Congrats on your new job! Hopefully you will have more fun blogging time ; )

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  7. Congrats! It's time to move on to bigger and better things for sure! I am currently transitioning between jobs as well.... it can be bitter sweet for sure! Can't wait to hear about your new job though!

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  8. Oooh good luck and congrats on the new position! How terribly exciting! I'm also currently in the crazy work week schedule and I'd love a change, too.

    Having worked from home for a few years on my thesis, I would say: routine, routine and routine! For me, it was about making my normal life feel like it has a rhythm, otherwise it's hard to feel like you're getting things done. I'd go for an early morning walk while I put a load of washing on, come home, make breakfast and then "go to work" (!) in the study. Look forward to hearing how you negotiate the change - bonne chance!

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  9. Congratulations on your new job. Working from home is one of my favorite perks!!!

    *Erin

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  10. HA! I love that definition of short-timer! :)

    As for working from home, I find lists & sticking to a strict schedule works best. I try really hard to focus on work from early morning to 1 p.m. Then lunch, more work, email, etc. I end my day planning for the next. Typically, I still work in the afternoons, but it allows for things to fall apart--as they are wont to do when you're working from home--without having to work evenings. :)


    Now, congrats--and the best of wishes!

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