There’s never a good time to put in your notice to leave, even as a temporary contractor hired in to do a specific project, but you should always operate with integrity when it’s your time to go. It’s the least they can do as well, because being laid off is not a fun thing for your identity. Let’s chat about this idea at length.
“It’s like Day of the Dead around here.” “Yeah, it is.” Every cubicle farm you’ve ever walked through is a weekend away from being completely dismantled. We holed up in the command center bunker room because everything else not tied down was gone. My makeshift operation was as cluttered as could be, cables everywhere; chaotic. Through all that, and “if HR heard me coughing this bad, they’d send me home sick,” we completed the project…
It’s funny that even with all of my planning, there were still two hidden items on the first due date. I found the first task while wrapping up one of the remaining tasks on the list, and the customer reached out to me directly with second one. I was able to get both resolved just in time. Those oversights cut into my prep time for this next week and also proved to be nice lessons.
Last month, I thought about writing on a daily basis. That’s mostly worked well. I’d say for every day I carved out even just a half hour to write a quick 500 words to process either an event or a concept of the day exponentially excelled me closer to my goals. There are 100 other things I’d rather do, 25 of which are more important than the rest, and thousands I could do instead. Why write?
I started a new contract last week and did well. (Despite being sick for much of it with a cold and maybe general fatigue. I slept for over twelve hours after Friday afternoon, but then again, I also returned to exploring the city on the last day of the work week as I did the last time I worked in this grimy and glittery city of Seattle.) I have a couple factors to thank for that success:
In a few hours I’ll be starting a new contract. The first day is always the most stressful. The way I think of it, using an example from the movie The Men Who Stare At Goats, is that your first day is purely about soaking in as many details as possible. First it’s where you’ll be working, who you’ll be working with, and then the finer details. Here’s how I’ll keep it manageable this week:
In support roles, you’ll have people explain situations in ways in any means possible, whether it’s logical or completely absurd. The good support individual will keep a straight face, a “poker face,” translate the non-technical situation into technical terms, solve the situation, then move on to the next one. How do you practice your poker face in a professional environment?