March has been a bit of a whirlwind for me.
So much so that this week, I almost broke a personal goal that I made for myself – to publish a new post at least once a week on my website.
I know myself too well. I know that if I let this week slip by without publishing something here, I’d use it as an excuse to not post again in the future. So even though you, the reader, are the main reason I blog, today is more for me. To keep myself accountable, and to keep the promise I made to myself.
And also to let you all know why March has been so chaotic.
Blogging is Hard Work
First of all, I’ve quickly come to realize that my plan to post at least one new post a week was more of a challenge than I had anticipated.
When I decided on this goal, I thought that I was being realistic. Most bloggers I follow post twice a week. And send weekly email newsletters. And have a new youtube video or podcast. Surely I could manage to write once a week, right?
But blogging is a lot of work.
Especially if you have a “9 to 5” job that requires you to sit at a computer all day, already. (Which I now do.) Most days I don’t even want to look at my laptop when I get home.
Honestly, I don’t know how other bloggers do it sometimes!
I knew that I’d have weeks like this one. Where life either gets in the way or motivation doesn’t strike when I needed it to.
So my plan was to always be at least one week ahead. I had several posts pre-written and ready to go, but unfortunately, it’s only March and I’ve already exhausted those articles. (Ooops!)
I also knew that there would be an adjustment period when I returned to working full-time, but I thought I’d have it better figured out by now. I thought that I’d have more of a routine for myself that included time for writing and blogging each week.
But just as I was settling in, another new adjustment period began.
Leaving My Old Job…
The main reason March has been chaotic is that I’ve finally started my new new job for the internal promotion I accepted back in October!
Which meant I spent the first part of the month training my replacement.
I thought I was prepared to teach someone new, especially considering it was only a few months ago that I was the trainee myself. The problem was that I had set up the training notes and materials for the way that I learn, and for the things that I found difficult at first.
However, my replacement’s skill set is almost the opposite of mine. She’s really strong in the areas that I struggled with, and she struggles in the areas that I am really strong in. So I had to readjust my approach.
I had my new approach all planned out, but then our training got cut short.
… To Start My New Job!
Management was very eager to get me started in my new role, and I ended up starting a couple days earlier than originally planned.
Unexpectedly switching my brain from trainer to trainee in the middle of the day, and the middle of the week was more difficult than I had anticipated. I had been so anxious about making sure I taught my replacement everything she needed to know, that I didn’t put much thought into the fact that I had a whole new role to learn myself.
The learning curve with my new job has been a lot steeper than I had anticipated. I thought that I’d be way ahead of the game, since I was switching departments within the same organization this time. Knowing the how the organization runs, reporting to the same manager, and knowing the people have definitely helped.
But I was not prepared to have to learn and use a very archaic and not-at-all-user-friendly computer program every day. That has been incredibly frustrating. I know that I can be too hard on myself sometimes, but I’ve felt really dumb learning the new systems and procedures.
I’ve also had some issues with the training itself. Mostly because there really isn’t any training material available. None of the procedures have been written down anywhere, and the few training manuals that do exist are out-dated. So I have to rely on a co-worker to teach me.
It’s starting to click in, but to be honest, I thought I’d just “get it” right away. I do have quite a bit of related experience in this field. I keep reminding myself that it’s only been a week. I’m sure that in a month or two from now, I’ll be able to help train the other new hire they have joining the department.
But that too is new to me. In my previous jobs, I’ve been my own department. I had part-time help with a few of them, but I’ve rarely had to share the workload with others before. I’m already over-thinking about how I’ll “fit in” as part of a team for that reason. Not to mention the fact that I’m the only person under the age of 55 on the whole administrative side.
I am, however, being proactive about my insecurities.
A Business Trip
The same day I started my new job, I received news that I’ve been accepted into a mentorship program offered through work.
I applied to the program back when I first started, thinking getting a mentor would be a great way for me to learn and to network. (I’m terrible at networking!) What I didn’t realize was that it included a mandatory orientation training session that’s being held in Toronto. So, I’ll be going on my very first business trip!
Traveling is not something I’ve been able to do much of lately, so I’m excited that I’ll also get to spend some time with my family while in Southern Ontario.
I’ve yet to meet my mentor in person, but I already feel like I will really benefit from this relationship with her.
So there you have it. Over 1000 words on why I didn’t have a blog post ready for this week.
YOUR TURN: What’s been going on in your life, lately?
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