Life after the defence – Dealing with unstructured days and flexibility in the workplace
A career in the military can be very structured and regimental. Not surprising then that it can be rather challenging for a former defence personnel member in handling the unstructured days and flexibility that present themselves at a workplace in a civilian setting. Not knowing what each day will bring and what will need to be done, and not having a proper structure for each day can be very hard to adjust to.
A good way of handling this challenge is to have a set structure that allows for the normal set day to day activities that won’t change, such as working Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, as well as time set aside for any social activities and other extra-curricular activities or family time. In structuring your job, it’s a good idea to take note within the working week of all the standard and typical duties that you will be performing, and rather than setting those activities for particular times (ie. 3 – 5pm ‘Write up reports’) allow for a longer period of time, say the whole day and then list those activities/tasks which you can then cross off once completed.
This isn’t the most perfect way of structuring and unstructured day, but at least it helps to provide you with a measure of structure and orderliness to your day.
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