So that was a year! New job and career change for me and a BIG change of strategy for my new work. It was a great upgrade in my work life but a massive responsibility. We came through it fantastically but at 65 hours a week plus travel I’ve been exhausted.
The good thing is that my second job is related but in the coal face; something I’m really good and confident at. I’m in a big organisation there which gives me a place to look at best work practice. And I’m great at that stuff which helps with the confidence and planning.
To be honest I was dreading coming back to work after the break. It seemed like though I’d put a mountain behind me there was a mountain range stretched out in front. A couple of things though helped me get back on track. The first was sitting down on the first day back and working on a Trello board. Trello is an online Project Management tool that I’d been introduced to during the planning for the business ticketing/website launch. I set up columns for each department that had me in their sights and listed every think I could think of with a reasonable delivery day attached. Inside each of these columns I put Job “cards” that hold the deadlines, Checklists of things to do, and comments. Truth is I actually I set this this online during job 2, in the quiet moments before I got back. Once i had that done the panic dropped a bit.
Just something that I’ve said before. I find that my panic levels drop when I chunk out the work. Then it’s just putting one foot in front of the other. My partner does this with backs of envelopes to great effect.
Anyway back to the mountaineering. Try Trello if you get the chance. I’ve used it to even organise my Dungeons and Dragons game so it can’t be too nerdy right?!