With eight more business days planned for the remainder of this contract, tidying up the workload is probably the big priority. Wrapping up most if not all of the fourteen tasks in my queue, the side assignments I’ve been given, and in general closing the books on one chapter to start another anew in a few weeks. Here’s how I’ve done it for other contracts:
First: don’t take on new work.
Not to be lazy, but there’s no point in me learning new proprietary skills for a job that I won’t have in a few weeks. If the work is needed to be done right now, and I’m the only one with time to do it, sure, and learning about skill X can crossover into skill Y at times. That should be after completing everything on my plate, or emergencies as assigned.
Second: wrap up your work.
I have enough on my plate right now to keep me busy without having time to get all that bored. I have one project that is time consuming, not really that labor intensive but more physical than the last couple small to medium projects I’ve worked on lately, and can involve customer interaction to make sure the task is done to their request. This one isn’t in the main system, so it’s overlooked by most in terms of what I’m doing.
Third: stay busy, don’t look idle.
I’m not one to surf the web at work, nor get absorbed in activities with my phone, nor socialize extensively. The temptations are stronger now that it just won’t matter in a few weeks. Don’t yield. If my goals include receiving a letter of recommendation and positive feedback to my consulting company, then I should provide a consistent quality of service the whole way through.
Fourth: say your goodbyes.
This is the important one so I’ll expound.
I’ve been laid off once, had my contract ended suddenly, and have left a few contracts and such. The layoff was “get your stuff and go.” That shocked me for years. The second one was polite enough, and I got to talk to everyone before leaving, which was nice. After that point, I’ve always known the goalpost in advance. That two week sprint to the finish line.
We go to work to get paid. We go through the motions to go to work because the money and benefits are good or we get complacent. We stay because of the people. First we’re friendly, then later on if we’re lucky, friends. Friendships are often formed out of obligation or proximity. Once both are gone, some to most friendships follow. So that’s why it’s important to extend those requests for networking, friendship, or even just to ask the questions you were always curious about while you’re still able to chat.
In less than two weeks, my career identity will change, my routine and access will change, and I will change – if I live today, this week, and next to the fullest.