You’ve finally made the move and quit your job – life was just a little hard to keep a track of with that responsibility on your shoulders. But, after you’ve cut the farewell cake and taken your ‘Grammar Nazi’ mug home for safe-keeping, what next? You don’t have to go anywhere straight away. Here are some alternatives to diving straight into a new exhausting role:
Check in with yourself
Feel like you’re finally off the world’s fastest Ferris wheel? The daily grind of a tough 9-5 takes a long time to recover from so your first port of call after packing up your desk is to see how you’re feeling first.
If you’re not into journaling, try incorporating helpful apps like T2 MoodTracker and Virtual Hope Box – the former helps you track stress and anxiety, as well as other moods to see how you’re coping and the latter helps lift you in or out of those moods: you choose the coping skill (distraction, inspiration or relaxation), and VHB will deliver.
Take a break
Make like Obama and recharge yourself a little. Holidays aren’t just for kicking the breeze – use your break to recharge creativity, get centred with health and mental wellbeing or to finally finish War and Peace. The chance to get back to square one with a trip is the perfect springboard for your next move. Use prompting literature to get the most out of your down time – try Dan Zadra’s range of personal work books that prompt you to think deeper about future plans, personal values and goals.
Go back to school
Just because you’ve stopped working, doesn’t mean you should stop learning. Whether it’s rediscovering the joy of reading, signing yourself up to an online course or getting stuck into a new education path altogether, learning is the best way to know exactly what your next step might be. It also could be vastly different for your brain than your job: a study by Florida State University researcher Dr Joseph Grzywacz and colleagues found that the brain definitely benefits from renewed stimulation. “The learning of new skills and taking on new challenges — resulted in stronger cognitive performance particularly for women as they aged,” he said of the study’s takeaways.
Consider your next move carefully
With your job firmly in the rearview mirror, use hindsight to consider your next move. Looking back is a great way to decide on what you want next, so spend some time examining what it was about your previous role that you might want to repeat in the next one, or, alternately, what you don’t want to repeat in the next phase of your life.
“If you focus too much on skills, you may miss out on wider options. Why not spend time thinking about everything you enjoy – your interests, the things that fascinate you?” career coach Denise Taylor suggests. “Also consider your constraints. Is re-training an option? Can you take a drop in salary?” These sorts of questions will help illuminate your future path.