Leading Ladies - Finishing Your Notice Period with Class

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We've all been there.

On the edge of something very exciting; a new adventure; a new opportunity; or perhaps the great unknown.

You've handed in your resignation, all you can think about is getting out of there, and yet, you still have 2 weeks, a month, or even many, many months until your notice period is done.

How do you soldier through the remaining time in that company professionally without going mad?!

  1. Imagine your successor is you: when you started in the position what really helped you and what would have helped you? If you are expecting a handover period with your successor make sure you plan accordingly. Write up a schedule for the handover in digestible chunks with the time you have remaining. If you won't be meeting your successor it would be helpful to create some kind of handover materials. Email templates, reference material, contact details, ongoing to do list, etc. 
  2. Set limits: Sure, you don't want to be bored out of your mind during your last working days at the company but you most certainly do not want to be overworked either. Make sure you're not getting too much of the "get-this-in-before-she-leaves" rush by setting limits. If there's something you think you can't get done before leaving let your manager or team know; "I am currently working on x and y. If you need me to do z as well I can put x or y aside?"
  3. Work is not life: You're almost there. You've handed in the notice and whether it's been a good or a bad experience it's important to stay level headed. Anytime you start to feel frustrated or overwhelmed just take 60 seconds to remind yourself that the goal is in sight. If you're anything like me you'll need to start taking back your work-life balance and being a bit more selfish so you can head into your next adventure with the best mindset possible.

What are your experiences with notice periods? Did you find yourself twiddling your thumbs or rushing around to finish everything before leaving? Let me know in the comments below.