I started a new job this week… oh boy is it stressful.
My first training session was 2.5 hours from 7-9:30 PM. My predecessor essentially sat me down, showed me programs on the computer, and told me stuff. Aside from lists of computer passwords and such, there was little to no organization. No concrete list of “These Are Your Tasks”. Just a bunch of do this, do that, call this person, figure this out. Here you go, Amelia. Have at it.
My brain needs structure in order to understand things. Throwing information at me and plunging me into a situation does nothing but render me overwhelmed and stressed. I got home at ten and went straight to bed. It took me until midnight to fall asleep, mostly because I gave up trying and transported myself to another planet reading Andy Weir’s The Martian until midnight. Even after that, I didn’t sleep much.
Since the job was left vacant three weeks ago, an overwhelming amount of emails, phone messages, and mail have been piling up that need to be addressed ASAP. However, in my current semi-trained state, I don’t feel comfortable or confident addressing half of these things.
So I am going to do what my brain knows best: compartmentalize and prioritize. My first priority is making sure I’m up to speed and comfortable with the various software and programs. Once that’s done, I’ll figure out what needs to be done NOW. I’ll make lists of what I don’t know and save the rest for another day.
My goal is, by the end of the job in a couple of months, to add some organization. If I can get to a point where I can make a concrete list of daily, weekly, and monthly tasks, I’ll be satisfied.
Now on to actually making sense of the chaos. Wish me luck!