You wrote a killer resume, aced your interview and secured yourself a new job. Congratulations! Now what? 

Lately, there has been a massive shift in the workforce with people moving to new companies and, in some cases pursuing different careers entirely. This can be exciting, especially if you love new beginnings like me. 

But, starting a new job in a new work environment can be stressful and scary to some extent. You don’t know what the new colleagues are like and you wonder if the people there will like and accommodate you. 

These tips will help you smoothly transition into the new work environment. 

 

 

3 Don’ts (If you want to adjust to a new work environment.)

1. Compare your previous work environment to the new one.

Even if your job title is still the same and you undertake the same responsibilities, the two work environments are different and should be treated in that manner.

Be open to learning or unlearning some things. 

 

2. Get caught up in the office gossip.

Almost every office has something juicy going on, and some people are always in the mood to discuss those hot topics.

It can be hard not to get caught up in the gossip, especially if it happening around you, but use everything in you and resist the urge to engage in gossip. If someone tries to get your opinion about someone else, avoid the conversation.  

 

3. Be a loner.

Although you are starting in a new work environment and don’t really know the people around, don’t just glue yourself to your computer in silence.

If someone offers you tea/coffee, say yes. Hang out with your colleagues over lunch and relax in the breakroom with others. This will help you fit in and get to know your colleagues. 

Now that you know what not to do, here is a list of what to do. 

 

 

Dos

1. Ask questions.

This might seem a bit embarrassing, but there is nothing to be embarrassed about.

The 1st few months are for you to learn, so be curious and don’t be shy to ask any questions you might have. 

 

2. Anticipate change. 

As you are at a new job, brace yourself for the change that is heading your way.

Things won’t be the same as they were at your old job, so be comfortable and ready for the new changes. 

 

3. Check your company’s social media policy.

If you’re like me and you enjoy your Twitter or any other social media platforms, you might need to understand where your company stands regarding employees’ behavior on social media. 

Some companies are strict about employees posting or engaging on social media during work hours, while some don’t really care as long as you do your work on time.

Other companies prohibit employees from posting, tweeting, retweeting, sharing or engaging in material that goes against what the company stands for. So, ensure you understand your new company policies before you get a friendly reminder from HR. 

Also, you might need to go through all your social media friends and followers so that you know who is watching your content.

You wouldn’t want to post about how annoying your new boss is when they can see your posts.  

 

4. Arrive to work early.

Always get to work early.

In some cases, this means you might have to adjust your sleep schedule so that you wake up on time. Remember to pick your outfit the evening before so you don’t waste time choosing what to wear in the morning. 

 

5. Ask for feedback.

The first few months are for you to learn and adjust to the new company.

Ask your supervisor and fellow colleagues how you are doing, and be happy to adopt their tips on how you can best improve. Remember they have been at the new company for longer than you have been. 

 

6. Ask non-work-related questions.

Asking your colleagues things like the best spot for lunch or anything like that will help you cultivate new friendships.

Make sure the non-work-related questions you ask are not awkward. 

 

7. Be nice.

This is probably the most important tip on this list.

Be nice to anyone and everyone despite their job title. Just because your paycheck has more zeros than someone doesn’t mean they do not deserve to be respected. Be kind and respectful.

 

 

Final Thoughts on How to Adjust to a New Work Environment

On average, people change jobs every 4.2 years. This change is associated with career growth and personal development.

While these advantages exist, new jobs are stressful. There is so much uncertainty. 

Simple tips like arriving to work on time, being curious, being nice and interacting with colleagues can help make this daunting and overwhelming transition better for you. Remember to do your research and know as much as you can about the new job. 

Let me know of any tips/points that I left out that you found helpful when you started a new job! 

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“Procrastination is the thief of time.” — Charles Dickens

If you’re reading this, you probably already hate how much you procrastinate. You hate that you can’t just hop to it and get stuff done. You want to be that go-getter, that person who checks off tasks like it’s no big deal. But it’s just not happening.

And maybe you’ve swung at yourself a few times during the whole procrastination process.

You might end up on a negative thought spiral—and let’s cut in right here. We both know this whole downward spiral isn’t doing you any good. So, what if your procrastination tendency wasn’t because you were “lazy” or “not as smart as others”?

What if your procrastination comes down to a lack of emotional regulation? (Let that sink in for a second.)

So, how can we get a grip on this?

How can you finally stop procrastinating?

And what else should you know?

 

 

What Are The 4 Types of Procrastinators?

Do any of the below sound familiar?

What is your procrastination meaning?

Check out the categories below regarding common reasons for procrastination. 

 

Type #1: The “Anxious” Procrastinator

This type of procrastinator uses procrastination to cope.

This person might have severe anxiety with the thought of starting, working through, or even finishing the task at hand. 

 

Type #2: The “Fun” Procrastinator

This type of procrastinator simply rather do anything else besides the task they need to get done.

Everything else becomes that much more exciting (even doing laundry for some!). It just doesn’t make sense to start that one task now when there are more fun things happening.

 

Type #3: The “Plenty of Time” Procrastinator

This is the person who can’t bear to start something when the deadline is oh-so-far away!

So, they put it off, then put it off, and eventually this comes back to bite them in the butt.

 

Type #4: The “Perfectionist” Procrastinator

This procrastinator is never happy with their work.

It’s never up to their standards. Thus, they fear doing the task over producing low-quality work or failing altogether.

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Procrastination Psychology

Procrastination comes down to many issues.

In fact, some experts argue it might even be a self-regulation and self-discipline issue, which comes back to regulating one’s emotions.

But what else is going on here? Why do so many people suffer from the procrastination problem?

 

What is the Root of Procrastination?

As mentioned above, most people fall into the four categories of procrastination.

Thus, it can be really difficult to stop procrastinating, especially when most people have a legit reason why they are putting off the specific task.

At the root of all procrastination, on the other hand, is fear, disorganization, and perfectionism.

 

Is Procrastination an Emotional Regulation Problem?

In some cases, yes!

Many individuals who struggle with procrastination have cognitive distortions, particularly about the task they need to complete. They may believe they need to be in the “right” mood, but that mood never happens to arise.

They may believe they have all the time in the world later, which doesn’t end up being the case. Or they may feel they “need” motivation.

Here’s the thing: You have to make the right mood come about. Motivation won’t come from anything external. In fact, you don’t even need it to complete a task or chore. It’s the hard truth, and this all comes down to how you manage and regulate your emotions.

Related Article: Aromatherapy for Mental Health: 5 Helpful Ways it Can Ease Feelings of Anxiety & Stress

 

 

How Do You Regulate Emotions to Stop Procrastinating?

We love pleasure and happiness over pain and suffering.

This is an innate human drive. Thus, it’s no wonder we tend to procrastinate, especially when our beliefs and emotions tell us it's the right thing to do. 

But we know better. We know it’s better to get that work task done than face the wrath of our boss down the road. We know it’s a good idea to do laundry now rather than later when we have no clean underwear or socks left.

So, what can you do about all this to stop procrastinating? 

 

1. Figure out WHY you’re procrastinating.

Use the four types of procrastination above to help yourself get to the bottom of it all.

Usually, it’s because we are delaying a negative emotion we don’t want to experience. But it’s important to know what that emotion is and acknowledge it. 

Once you acknowledge it, you can figure out a way past it. 

 

2. Break your tasks into smaller tasks (and just get started!).

Okay, we get it. It’s hard to fully jump into a task you really don’t want to do.

But what about if you just dipped your toes in? What if you just planned a little bit ahead and broke that big task down into smaller tasks? Before you know it, you’ll be done (actually!).

 

3. Use rewards to “motivate” yourself.

Maybe you can’t do that fun thing until you’re done with this task.

Or perhaps you’re going to celebrate being done the task by hitting up your favorite restaurant. By doing something like this, you give yourself an incentive to get to it and get it done.

 

4. Make a deadline.

In addition to breaking down the tasks into smaller pieces, you can set deadlines for each small piece.

For example, if you have to write a big paper, you can plan to write the intro by a certain date, the next section by another date, and so on until it’s completed.

 

5. Get rid of any distractions.

Sometimes, to get stuff done, we need to literally trap ourselves in a room and just do it (Nike knows what we’re talking about!).

Eliminating distractions is an essential piece of halting procrastination, especially if you’re prone to shiny objects!

 

6. Make a rule to do things right now.

When things come up, just get them done.

Or if tasks take less than 5 minutes, do them as they pop up. This can prevent a lengthy to-do list from piling up and halt your procrastination in its tracks.

 

 

Don't Procrastinate. Get Moving Again! 

It’s not working for you but against you (but you probably already know that).

Finding the reason why you’re putting things off can help you thwart it. And yes, this can be tough to face. But not having the stress of various tasks hanging over your head is entirely worth it.

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