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Getting into the swing of things at the new job…


February 2023

I’m starting to get into the swing of things at my new job. The office politics are beyond interesting – we’re a team trying to accomplish something in this role while I used to be used to working alone most of the time, with the exception of a meeting or two throughout the week. Within this job, I’m attending at least three meetings a day. And the team leans on my experience much more than I expected. It’s not all dandelions and sunshine, of course. I have to be very careful I don’t authorize any of the subs to do anything that isn’t on the blueprint (technically, they’re white nowadays, and digital).

That said, I love what I do. It’s long days and I haven’t been able to ride as much as I’d have liked, but I’m walking seven hours a day, at least. In fact, my wife bought me a pair of Irish Setters last night, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to wear those! For the Unironedman and anyone not in the know, Irish Setters are a work boot made by Redwings, one of the last brands of anything that are 100% made in the USA. Irish Setters are said to be among the most comfortable of all work boots manufactured today. I’m currently wearing 9″ Condors… and they’re nice enough, but they’re heavy and clunky. I like to run the stairwells, but that is ill-advised in my current boots.

Anyway, after that, it’s dealing with a bunch of email… and trying to leave work at work. Something I’m not very good at currently, because I’m in that “I want to show the new company that I’m dedicated” phase.

And after showing up for work after the ice storm Wednesday night, that should do. It was so bad I had to take back roads to get to work. The expressway was shut down to clean up a crash.

It’s that last part, trying to show my dedication to work, that’s become a bit of a problem in my wife and my marriage. I’d gone for the better part of a year reforming myself into a better man and husband. The later hours (I start an hour later) have meant that our evenings are rather short. I’ve also had to re-learn how to leave work at work. I tended, for the last two weeks to bring work home and worry about every email that came across, the minute it did. This led to me dropping out of conversations with my wife out of nowhere. I started to put an end to yesterday evening.

As things are now, I very much enjoy my new job and feel like I’m contributing to the team. Next thing is to get back to that work/life balance and restore that.



  1. unironedman says:

    I’m sure the work/life balance will sort itself out. But yeah, for a second there I was really excited that you had dogs! 😎

  2. Sheree says:

    Thought your wife had bought you two dogs before you clarified.

  3. OmniRunner says:

    Congrats on the new job.
    It is difficult not to bring work home with you.
    I get email 24×7 but I don’t look at my phone during dinner and I rarely respond to email after hours.
    You have to establish boundaries.
    I’ve been at my current job almost 13 years and I still go the extra mile to prove my “worthiness” or whatever. Don’t need to give anyone an excuse for a bad review or an exit interview!

  4. Sandra says:

    Balance is something that doesn’t come easily with change. Glad you recognized the issue early

    We have a no work rule after 6:00. That means no work talk either (we work at the same place). I even took my work email off my phone because, well, they don’t pay my phone bill. 😂
    I’ve also been at my job more than 25 years—so I have told my students my weekends are mine. I will not be reading emails over the weekend or grading, either.

    Reclaiming my time and setting boundaries is healthy

    Now if we can only stick to it, eh?

    Good luck!

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