… the HR Minion. Because even minions have opinions. And giggles.

A month goes by fast

One month ago I learned that I would be laid off. It doesn’t feel like it was that long ago. When I first learned about it, and after I got over the initial shock and sadness, I viewed my last 30 days as a lot of time. But as I was leaving work on Friday I couldn’t believe how fast that month had gone by.

It still feels a little surreal today. It feels more like I’m taking a long weekend than I don’t have a job. When I woke up this morning I was actually thinking I needed to get to work early for new hire orientation before I realized that wasn’t my concern anymore.

But, that’s not the point of this post. The point is, even though it feels like it will take forever to find my next gig now, before I know it I’ll be in my own new hire orientation. It’s important to think about the future, but realize that it will be the future soon. In 3 months I’ll be taking the PHR. Who knows what will happen in that much time? The key is to remain focused, do the best you can each day, and realize that some days will be better than others. Personally, I’m going to take advantage of this extra free time and get some stuff done around the house I’ve been meaning to. After all, who knows how long I’ll be this free?

8 Responses | Add your Own

  • 1 Laurie :

    Ken was off work for 18 months. He went back to work and said, “God, that time flew by…”

    What do I remember of his unemployment? Some long days, ennui, and restlessness; however, he did manage to eek out some fun – day trips to free museums, mini golf, cheap afternoon matinees, an investment in his hobby (photography).

    Use this time to invest in yourself. You may never get another chance like this.


  • 2 Mr. Scrubby :

    Mom forgot to tell you to spend extra time snuggling with the animals! They will LOVE having you home.

  • 3 Steve Boese :

    When I was doing independent consulting I always thought the best part was the ‘downtime’ between gigs. Take the time to do some things that you normally would be too busy for, because chances are, your ‘downtime’ won’t be for very long.

  • 4 Erik :

    I’m glad that you have a good attitude and a few reasons to keep yourself sharp.

    If you run out of projects around the house, you might want to think about consulting or other odd jobs here and there. That’s kept me going for 4 years now.

    But the passage of time sure gets weird with all this, doesn’t it? It’s no longer measured by a clock made by someone else, but by your own rhythm. My advice: keep that sense of time your own precious thing, locked away like your sixth grade diary.

    Who knows – if you make your own gigs, you might never have a job with someone else. What say to that? There are a lot of ways to survive, so there’s never any reason to panic.

    All the best on this new part of your life, wherever it goes!

  • 5 HR Minion :

    Laurie – Wow, 18 months? That’s a long time. I like the thought of investing time in myself while I can. 🙂

    Mr. Scrubby – Oh, the pets are loving it already. So much snuggling!

    Steve – Good suggestions!

    Erik – I’ve been looking into volunteering more since I have the time. 🙂

  • 6 HR Good_Witch :

    That’s the spirit! Before you know it, you are going to wish it hadn’t gone by so quick. Use the time wisely and enjoy every moment. You had no control over what happened to you – but what you do with it is all you!

  • 7 HR Good_Witch :

    Oh, and I also wanted to say…. You Rock! What a great attitude you have.

  • 8 HR Minion :

    HR Good Witch – Exactly! If I didn’t stay positive I wouldn’t get anything done. I’m a get it done kind of person. 🙂