I have been back in the UK now three weeks; in that time I got three job offers and accepted one, got over serious jet leg, reconnected with friends and lost my tan…. This last week I had my first week back in London being a working man.
So how was it and has anything changed because of my year adventure?
Lets start with what’s the same:
I went for a reasonable paid corporate job, has the potential to be very stressful, largely working with the same type of people and Londoner’s still don’t smile.
So what has changed:
Worklife: my perspective is firmly routed in that my work life if very different to my personal life. How has this worked in my first week:
Hours worked on my first week: worked my exact hours and took a lunch break to connect on a social level with colleague vs. two years ago first in/last out and no lunch break.
Home time: Didn’t bring my laptop/phone home with me vs. two years ago had my work phone on 24/7.
The point? work will always expand or contract with you. Consider what your own limits are and work to keep to them.
Homelife: I want a homelife that is about sociability but also about calm. For me this has a few elements finding a home that is shared with people who want to become friends, being out of the chaos of London by being in a quiet area but with transport to be in the thick of it, being within walking distance of work to reduce the stress of commutes. So in the first week I have been searching for a houseshare to meet these needs.
The point? It can take a lot of trial and error to get the right homelife. I have got it wrong a number of times. Don’t feel stuck if its not working for you make a change.
Social life: For this week its been about re-establishing relationships, but also about starting to take advantage of London in the form of trying to new things.
The point? re-establish your relationships and take advantages of everything your area has to offer. I know its winter but your getting no younger.
So how was my first week back? It was good I feel like I am heading in the right direction to keep this content feeling. I realise that I need to work hard to keep things on the right side but I feel confident I can do it….i’ll keep you updated.