First Week At The New Job

This is going to be one of those “What I’ve learned so far” posts. The first week into working from home and I’ve learned some hard lessons already.

1.) Working from home is just like working anywhere else. You start your day with a plan, then you get an email or phone call and that plan goes out the window. At the end of the day, you’ve no idea what you accomplished, you just know there’s a lot more to be done.

2.) I am both a demanding boss and a lazy employee. All my life I’ve battled my procrastinator tendencies. I’ve managed them better in the last several years, as being a single parent with a full-time job and a part-time college curriculum (as I experienced from 2006 to 2009) will force you to get your butt in gear and get crap done. However, this week, all those tendencies are back with a vengeance. At the same time, the boss is making me feel horrible for not hitting all my goals.

It’s a vicious cycle.

3.) This is a basic life lesson that the ladies will understand. I’ve always had incredibly oily skin so avoided moisturizers at all costs. Turns out, my skin was an oil slick because it wanted moisture. Who’d a thunk? I slathered on some moisturizer this week to test this theory and the results were astounding. No more oil slick. Only took 42 years to figure that one out. 

I’m not even going to mention my screwy sleeping patterns. So, after all this, I’ve decided if I get some things done between now and Christmas day, then fine. If I don’t, that’s fine too. I say I’ve decided but the boss isn’t quite on board with this yet. I will be leaving the house soon (to tackle the post office – pray for me) and may bribe her with a Frosty.

19 thoughts on “First Week At The New Job”

  1. Hellion says:

    Tell your boss to stuff it!–oh, wait, never mind.

    And yes, I’ve heard that about moisturizer and oily skin. *LOL* Whodda thunk? *LOL*

    1. Terri says:

      Not me. But I always take forever to learn these things, proven by my former use of straight alcohol as a toner. 🙂

      1. Kim Law says:

        Straight alcohol as a toner??? Sheesh woman!

        1. Terri says:

          I know! Well, I know now.

  2. Mona Kekstadt says:

    Go easy on your boss, and bride her with a Frosty…I have skin issues…never had break outs…now at 42 pimples..Ugh!!! Will not give up chocolate….Never going to happen…
    Praying for you with post office….I’m staying away from there…
    I may or may go out tomorrow with hubby…He wants to go Christmas shopping…I’m done…ok, one thing for my aunt, and my uncle that’s it…

    It will get better…always here for moral support…
    Have a great weekend…xoxo

  3. Maureen says:

    This is why I make sure everyone in my circle knows my holiday gifts will arrive late…

    Considering your first week as a boss/employee of said boss, is the week before Christmas? I think you’re doing quite well!

    1. Terri says:

      You think so, Mo? I’m hoping I get better at this. And this is the only box of presents I’m shipping. They’re for a 3 year old from Santa so I’d really like them to get there in time. The other stuff I’m not worried about.

      (Also, have yet to ship yours and Hellie’s.)

  4. Mona Kekstadt says:

    Meant to say bribe and bride…I need a frosty too…LOL
    Take care…reading UP TO THE CHALLENGE soon….

    1. Terri says:

      Thank you, Mona. I totally understood what you mean. 🙂 I had acne well into my 30s, then found Proactiv. It actually works, though I only use the repair cream. No need to get the whole shebang so long as you wash your face with something good morning and night.

      And thanks for taking a shot on the book. Looking forward to hearing what you think.

  5. Marnee Bailey says:

    You’re doing great. 🙂 I agree with Mo; this is a rough week to try to be productive at anything besides the holidays. You’ll hit it hard after the holiday. No worries.

    1. Terri says:

      By the end of the day, I’d settled into the idea of just enjoying the holiday. It helped that I managed to get everything done I needed to do without too much hassle. Even the shipping went well!

  6. Sharlene Wegner says:

    Speaking of procrastinating, I am supposed to be writing out my cards, which need to be mailed in the morning. And I am on the internet. My jobs have all slowed down over the holidays, so, even as your own boss, it is still the holiday season!

    1. Terri says:

      Sharlene, I accepted many years ago that I am not a Christmas card person. I’ve bought them many times and never sent them. Ever. Maybe once in 20 years. So I eventually stopped pretending. Not sure why, but I just can’t make it happen.

  7. Kim Law says:

    Terri, it’s taken me a year to accept it, but be prepared for the fact that the actual amount of time you can legitimately write (not busy work, etc, but write) to be way less than your 8-hour workday (like 3-4 hours). Your mind (at least mine) just won’t allow it (though I can edit longer). If you struggle to accept that, you’ll end up working around the clock to try to get in more time, and then you’ll be frustrated because all you do is write!(Yet you’ll still be behind 😉 )

    Good luck!!! And enjoy the process of figuring it out 🙂

    1. Terri says:

      Kim, I’m going for words on the page more than how many hours it takes to get them there. I know that when I get on a roll and get a book moving, it keeps rolling. It’s the getting started that is the hard part for me.

      But I’m willing to be realistic! Though I still need to figure out how to squeeze in the exercise.

      1. Kim Law says:

        I’m with you on the exercise. Seems like there would be so much more time, but I’ve yet to get anything exercise-wise going routinely. I will in 2014 though!!! As well as use my time more wisely!

        1. Terri says:

          I joined the rec center 2 miles from my house back in October. I have yet to return! It’s 2 miles. HOW could I not manage that? Must make time.

  8. Irisheyes says:

    Give yourself a pass for a while, Ter, especially through the holidays! When push comes to shove I’ve never known you not to do what needs to be done. You’ll get there. Like every new job there’s a learning curve. 🙂

    1. Terri says:

      I’ve decided to loosen up and enjoy the holiday, Irish. Gave myself permission to do whatever I want today. It’s quite refreshing.

      I hope you have a lovely holiday over there.

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