I am getting there. I am literally counting days. Feel like a kid who is getting closer to a summer break and going to a new school when the break is over.
My last day at my current work is this Friday, June 10th. After giving notice almost 2.5 weeks ago, the last few days I had a very hard time to focus and actually WORK. While I still care and want to finish strong, I am struggling with productivity. Since the day I announced I was leaving, I’ve made sure I was leaving work at 6pm sharp, no checking email after that. Each morning after that I’ve been swamped and delayed with things. Ugh, annoying. I am just refusing to do any unpaid overtime at this point. Sorry, not happening.
The last few days, instead of drafting emails and travel itineraries for my boss while commuting, I read, called my dad more than usual and day dreamed about how I was going to spend the week off that I am taking before I start my new job. Yep, that’s right, I am taking a week off (9 days to be exact) and I am so happy about that. This will be the first time in years that literally I have no job obligation during my time off (at my current position, even on holiday I would be bothered with calls and txts to urge me to action some emails / review upcoming travel, etc).
Anyway, this Friday starting @5pm sharp I will be free from work email for the whole 9 days. I am hoping to make them productive but also give myself some time to recover from the major burnt out that I am going through right now. I am hoping to cut down on coffee, sleep in a little bit and generally take care of myself a bit more than I usually do.
Some other plans?
1. Refreshing my excel skills
Although I have of course used excel quite a bit in general, at my current position, not so much.. I know that I will be using it at my new job and I know that new version just came out like this year? I am going to go through a few Lynda.com tutorials to refresh my memory as far as some more complex formulas (if you don’t use them, you forget them quickly!)
2. Meal planning
I may be actually finally able to do it. Lol. I am quite sure that during my first month or two at the new job I will be working early and working late. I just know that I will want to get up to speed on things as quickly as I humanly can. I don’t mind working long hours but I do mind if it affects my budget. I definitely plan on brining all my breakfasts and lunches in every day. No exceptions! I am hoping to organize my tiny pantry, meal plan, and precook some things to make sure I am all prepared.
3. More work on my closet
It is always a work in progress. I think I am all set and don’t need to add anything to my wardrobe. What I DO need to do is to ensure all buttons and zippers are in place, all is nicely pressed and ready to just grab and go. I am planning on putting several sets ready for me to choose from in the morning. In the first couple of weeks it will be a true life saver in the morning.
During busy weeks, exercise is not my priority (although probably it should be), but I am planning to do something ‘physical’ each day next week. Biking is my favorite of course :), I am also planning on doing some yoga, I may even go for a run! (I am not a good runner and run at most twice a year 😳)
5. Lounge in a cafe during a week day
Haha. This is an ongoing dream. I mean, just taking my laptop to a cafe like at 1pm on a Wednesday and work on my personal things. This is huge in NYC, all cafes are always full with freelancers. For me? A rare treat. I am always at work during a day Monday-Friday, it’s been a long time since I was able to just take it easy on a regular day.
I wonder what else I shall add to the list?