The best decision I made when I changed companies was this: when moving from corporate to a start-up, take a week off, Now remember, I had no one telling me this; no one advising me or guiding me through this process. It’s the main reason why I coach. So I can help women who want to step forward, do more, contribute more, make an impact, and feel fulfilled, step out of the corporate job where they don’t have that and into an entrepreneur role where they do.
That said, I did the transition from corporate to a small startup, a privately-owned company several years ago. And when I did that, I took a week off between my corporate job and my new job. Let me tell you, that was the best decision I could have made for myself.
No phone ringing. No emails blowing up my phone. No meetings. For the first time in years, I actually had time away from work. It was so nice. Now, I will tell you, I felt a bit like Rapunzel in Tangled (the Disney movie.). You know when she first steps out of her tower and she goes from excitement, to fear, excitement to fear, back and forth back and forth like 10 times? Yep, that was me too.
But by the end of the week, I was at peace. I was happy. I had moved closer to my family. I knew I was going to contribute to the company I was going to start working for and I knew I was going to add value.
The point I’m trying to make is that you need time to go through those emotions before you start your next role. You deserve that time. So if you can afford it, take it. Come to the realization that there is life outside of that huge machine you were in, that your identity is so much bigger than your job title, and that you can have time with your family and work a successful job at the same time. It does exist.