You finally landed your dream job. Now what?
Well, a little productive paranoia goes a long way when starting a new job. In case you need to be reminded, here are some things that you need to bear in mind for a smooth-sailing first day at work:
Prepare the things you’re bringing to work the night before.
Don’t cram! Leave those days of cramming and last-minute preparations behind and be an adult. Make a checklist of the things you need to bring to work. Organize your stuff and sort out the contents of your bag.
Leave those days of cramming and last-minute preparations behind and be an adult.Click To Tweet How many times have you missed an important meeting, or come to a lunch date with a friend late? Preparing your things ahead could give you a lot of buffer in case Murphy’s Law strikes.
For the love of God, get enough rest.
Getting some R and R should be on top of your list when you want to start a job on the right note. Go on vacation, get a massage the day before your first day at work, get enough sleep, or meditate. These activities will energize you and give you a good head start.
A dose of R and R need not be expensive. Take a walk along the beach (if you leave near the coast) or go hiking. Spend a day focused on a relaxing hobby, like cooking, crocheting, or putting together model kits.
One more thing: Lay off the booze (celebrate your new job after the week is done).
Don’t be this guy. (via GIPHY)
Know everything you can about the job.
This is imperative when starting a new job. You don’t want to have a “deer-in-the-headlights” look on your face when someone asks you about your new role or what you knew about the company.
Read about what the company is about and their culture. Browse through their website, and social media accounts. Look up potential colleagues or your boss on social media, or LinkedIn to get a feel of who they are and their job responsibilities. You can watch videos of cats on YouTube some other time.Look up potential colleagues or your boss on social media, or LinkedIn to get a feel of who they are. Click To Tweet
Take your supplements.
Benefit from the energy and good vibes that supplements bring. Don’t forget to drink your immune system-boosting B vitamins to help you fight any stress and physiological challenges when starting a new job (i.e. far and long commute, and temperature changes). Supplements with folic acid, zinc, and lactium are good mood-boosters and stress relievers.
Psyche yourself up.
We all have rituals that put us in the zone and increase our confidence. Give yourself a pep talk in front of the mirror, write in your journal to declutter your mind, watch a couple of TED videos, read a couple of inspiring articles on sites like Entrepreneur or Forbes, or listen to some music.
Don’t let your dreams be dreams. Shia LaBeouf says so.
These are just some of the things you can do to prepare. Whatever it is that you need to do, just make sure that it will have a positive influence on your mind and body. Break a leg!