Highlights of my first day on the job:
On the upside, I worked almost ten hours today and barely even noticed the time passing. On the downside, I worked almost ten hours today. And I brought work home with me. There is a downside to being salaried, my friends. Hold onto those jobs at the movie theatre as long as you can.
The truth is that no one makes you come in early or stay late, it’s just that there’s a lot of work to be done. It’s nice because this is the first company I’ve ever worked for that doesn’t stress “rules” in any form. We don’t need to “ask permission” to do things, we should just “let someone know.” Every time I ask if I’m allowed to do something, they shrug and say “Yeah, if you want.” I can come in late, I can leave early, I can take a three hour lunch, I can come to work in pajamas, I can sit in my office and listen to The Cure all day and no one cares, as long as I get my work done.
And that’s sort of the key. There’s a lot of work. Like, a whole lot. I’m not really good at multi-tasking and by mid-afternoon I had about seventeen different projects half-finished on my desk and people kept poking their heads into my office and asking me if I had that file for them yet and could I email so-and-so real quick and they were wondering if I’d had a chance to finish filling out that form. I got in at 8:00 and left at 6:00 and I really should have stayed later but I wanted to avoid missing the bus– an unsuccessful endeavor, I might add.
This afternoon, my boss called me into his office and we chatted for about half an hour about my job and what I’ll be doing and such and then he said “You know, the next six months are probably going to be kind of rough.” I agreed that it would be hard filling my predecessor’s shoes.
He said, “I wasn’t just talking about work. Moving so far from home can be really hard. It probably hasn’t fully sunk in yet but I just want you to be prepared when it does.”
It’s funny because he’s right. This still feels like a vacation to me or something, like I’m going home next week and everything will be back to normal. But this will have to become my new normal. Eventually I’ll have new friends and regular hangouts and a routine and this will feel like home rather than alien territory to be explored.
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