Change sucks. We all know it. It’s why there are entire books , seminars, and courses in change management.
Humans are resistant to change, and there are reasons why. I won’t go into the historical reasons why, but here in the modern day, we like knowing what to do. We like being right. We like figuring things out once and them going smoothly.
We don’t look discord. We don’t like screwing up. We don’t like failure. All of those things are significantly easier to do when you’re making changes.
My family has been going through a lot of change lately.
- My husband started a new job last December, and it wasn’t a choice. They were re-organizing, his position was eliminated, but he fortunately was able to find a similar position in a different part of the company. Still, it’s a lot of change.
- New bosses who aren’t as good at communicating (I keep trying to tell him that’s the norm, but he’s still skeptical).
- A different set of expectations.
- A lot of other new people in his new group
- A series of people out on FMLA have made the transition even harder. Hopefully, in the next few months, things will calm down and he can learn what his new job really is.
- My daughter started kindergarten. You’d think that would be no big deal, but I have found the difference between private daycare and public kindergarten striking. Communication is much different.
- At daycare, I had a daily two minute informal conversation with the teachers and always knew what was going on.
- Now, I’m not even allowed near the classroom for security issues. I get it, but it’s still hard.
- Things like billing, which was previously direct-pulled from my bank account, isn’t possible in public schools. I have to remember to get cash for some things AND remember to go to their online portal for a slew of others. There are no low balance messages to let me know I need to replenish my daughter’s lunch money.
Yeah, we’re figuring it out, but it’s still a change. A big one.
I’m also still dealing with some medical issues, and that’s never any fun.
Balancing all of this and writing has been hard. Very hard. But I refuse to give up this time. I have put off writing so many times in my life to focus on things like my career, grad school, and kids that I’m now mammogram age. I don’t have time to put it off any longer. So yeah, that’s a change, too.
And I can tell you, during grad school, I read my fair share of change management books. I even dusted off a few lately, but they’re about as useful to me now as they were then.
Do you have any tips and pointers? Any way that you’ve successfully dealt with change? Or did you just soldier through it?