Feb 10, 2017
Career Corner and Life Transitions
In this episode:
- We are both going through pretty
major life transitions right now, and we expect some of you are,
too. We wanted to discuss how we’re coping with them so that maybe
your life can get just a little easier.
- Mostly talking about new jobs because
that’s the kind of transition we are both going through, but lots
of things cause them, from health to marriage to kids to a hundred
- What’s funny about us, though, is
that we traded--Void went from freelancing into a full-time
position, while Beej went from a full-time position to freelancing.
- It turns out that we have kind of the
Geek to Geek Career Corner this episode inadvertently, so we talk
about how we use our skills from other places to really move into
something we love, and that even though we are changing, it’s still
a career path that we both intended to take, and that some things
happened by accident.
- The hardest parts of life
transitions, though, are how routines get thrown off, sleep being
hard to get, and how sometimes, our bodies just aren’t able to cope
with the change in ergonomics and space that we are thrown into
when you’re changing jobs or locations.
- Somtimes, it’s hard to motivate
yourself because your routine is so different, and even when you
can get the ergonomics right for your space, finding that space
itself can be hard in a new location.
- We both play video games (obviously)
to destress from the changes in our lives, and mainly use mainstays
that don’t take a lot of brainpower to get through. Both of us tend
to work with stuff going on in the backs of our heads, and learning
new mechanics and systems and anything complicated just makes us
that much more exhausted.
- Podcasts and audiobooks are a great
way to just escape, break out of work mode, and use them on
commutes. While they take some active brainpower to listen to, they
can be more passive than sitting and reading, which is great when
you’re experiencing transition fatigue.
- And you gotta exercise. We aren’t
doing as much as we’d like, but it helps a lot. Going out and
running in good weather, using a stationary bike, even doing yoga
stretches at your desk or between projects is a great way to make
your day seem a little less exhausting. You can also dedicate some
time in the morning or the evening to have some specific active
time that you distance yourself from whatever your transition is,
keeping that period up with your normal routine that’s been
- And everyone has some comfort TV.
Void loves anything witty and well-written like Aaron Sorkin’s The
West Wing or YouTube videos that don’t have a deep time commitment,
and Beej loves old sitcoms like New Girl or Parks and Rec to keep
him giggling with it in the background.
Geeky Offer of the Week
- Beej was on
Dumbbells & Dragons podcast this week. Much stuff
is discussed, and Kenny is good people. Go listen.
- Beej - Ink and Bone / Fire Emblem
Heroes / Politics (the idea of getting involved and showing up) /
Starting and stopping new TV shows: The Expanse, The Man in the
High Castle, GoT S6, Voltron / Blue Apron (may save this for a
health hacks, but touch on it here)
- Void - Chocobochica #JediN00b /
Humble Bundle Subscription (Total War Warhammer) / Fire Emblem
Heroes / Hitman
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