After you have gotten past all the new things in a job or project, there is this stage that comes next that I love the most and that is when you are settling in. It may not have the nervous excitement that you feel when you start something new, but, there is a level of comfort and peace when you start to feel like you have been doing the job for a while and that you belong.
Routines are Good - I am a true believer in routines. As a younger person, I always loved the idea of something new and exciting, but, it also came with stress and expectations. The word "routine" may sound boring to some, but, to me it's like a roadmap to your day. Following a similar pattern not only helps you to remember different tasks, but, helps you to face certain things at the best times of the day for it. Start your day facing the things that need your best attention and leave simpler tasks for later that don't take too much brain power. Of course, your routine can and will vary at times, but, in general you will know which way you are going to go in a given day and will know how to prepare for it as such. This brings normalcy and consistency to each day.
Learning Your Co-Workers - Another thing that will happen as you settle in is that you will begin to learn how your co-workers tick! You will learn their humor, what gets them riled up, how good (or bad) their jokes are and what is important to them. You will find yourself caring about their well being and helping them to be their best at work, too. There may be some that are difficult no matter what you do, but, you also learn how to get around that and be patient with them as well. You find out their personality quirks and maybe you will find that someone who you thought you wouldn't get along with, actually turns out to be a loyal and trusted friend. Those are the hidden gems when you learn who you are working with!
Goals - Once you settle in, you find that a lot of things you were learning when you first started are now just things you need to do. You probably know the time it takes to do those things and when you may have a few moments to work on setting (and achieving) some goals. This brings back that bit of anxious excitement you had at the beginning of your job, but, it's now coming from a place of knowledge about what you can achieve and what is expected of you at your place of employment, instead of that fear of not knowing what things will be like at all!
The Job Itself - It's funny how something like a new job takes on a character of it's own the longer you work it. You see it (and yourself) one way at the beginning and a few years down the road you may see something completely different. This past Saturday marked my fourth year working in real estate with my son. In the beginning, I just pictured helping with simple tasks, and now I do some of those simple ones plus others I never thought I would be able to do or even be good at! I have learned to tackle some of my fears head on and be okay with things and I have also learned not to limit myself before I even try something. My "job" has turned into something I truly love to do, even when it's hard, and it has changed me in so many ways. It's almost like a friend now that I don't ever want to part with.
When It Doesn't Work - Not all new jobs will be the right fit for you and after you have settled in to the routine of your job. You will start to see where you can keep growing or where you know it's just not for you. I don't believe in giving up when things get tough (although my mind tries to tell me otherwise) but, after you have mastered certain tasks and gotten to know the expectations around you, you will have a clearer vision of what is right for you and what isn't. Sometimes, even when we see the tough side, we have to stay settled in for a while to pay the bills. However, when you do know what you are doing and it's still not working, you will also know what you want to look for in a future position. So, even when it doesn't work on the front end, by the back end you may have found who you really are and what you really want.
So take your time and settle in. You never know where something new will take you or who you will be in the end, but, taking the time to find out can be quite satisfying no matter which way it goes!