I’ve only been at my new job for about 1,5 weeks now, but I’m seeing a lot of things I like already. Before I moved to Xero, I spent almost five years at Trade Me – a company that will always be really special to me. After all, I spent most of my 20s there and had some amazing experiences. Leaving the company was a really difficult decision to make.
In saying that, it was the right decision. Sometimes you can end up getting a bit too comfortable in your job, which means you don’t challenge yourself and you can end up feeling a bit stuck. That was how I felt for quite some time. The feeling of being stuck doing the same things over and over again was starting to make me feel really anxious, and when I woke up in the morning, I didn’t feel any motivation to get to work.
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against repetition. I love chucking my headphones on and just getting the work done. But when you’ve done that for almost five years, it’s no wonder the motivation slowly disappears. I knew that I needed to do something different to get that feeling of excitement about what I do back.
I’ve only just come out of the initial training at Xero and got my desk yesterday, but I felt really ready to get into it and get some work done. My team is really cool, and I was lucky to start with four other girls. I think I would have felt a lot more nervous if I was the only new starter, but when you’ve got a group, it’s good to know that you’re all in the same boat.
The Xero office and culture is very similar to Trade Me. No slides though! I’ve been asked if I went down the slides a lot while working at Trade Me by several people already. There was a bit of disappointment in their eyes when I said I didn’t really care for the slides that much. Sure, I appreciate that it’s a pretty cool and different thing to have in an office, but once you’ve gone down them a few times, you sort of just feel like they’re just slides. I sound so boring, haha.
Another thing I like about having a new job is the fact that it’s in a different part of town. It’s now easier for me to go to shops and lunch spots that were a bit too far away before. You really notice that you’re in the business part of town too, because when you go out for lunch, it’s like a stampede coming down the streets. It can be quite tricky to get around sometimes!
It’s just after 7am, and it’s time to get ready for another day. I’ve been waking up around 6am lately to make sure I have enough time to eat breakfast and just relax before I head off to work. I think that really does make the day better!