Learning Curves, New Jobs, And Knowing When It Will Make Sense

One concept I have discovered in my career are plateaus of effectiveness when you start a new job. I have started enough new roles in my career as well as hiring and working with new people enough that I've seen these natural leaps people make in taking on something new. At 30 days, 90 days and 1 year any person will have a deeper understanding of what the job entails and take what feels like a monumental leap forward. When you analyze it there is an amazing feeling that happens where you legitimately feel things start to click in a way they hadn't before.

I've been thinking about this because I'm a little over 4 months into my new role. When I think about how much more I can get done right now in comparison to where I was just a couple of months ago it is pretty crazy.

I think just knowing there are these plateaus and breakthroughs that occur is helpful. It is okay the first couple of weeks it feels like you are drinking from a fire hose, you know it only lasts a month. When you feel the struggle of putting things together in the first couple of months you can relax knowing the 90 day mark is coming and things will become clearer.

They say it takes 21 days to make a habit. Most months you have around 21 working days so it isn't surprising that each month you are able to develop new habits. Building our habits, our "muscle memory", makes us more efficient. As we are more efficient we don't need to think about the five steps to complete in a process, we just do it. After the first 30 days we have built up some basic habits. As each month goes by we continue to build up new habits that work together where we see some major gains.

Know the gains are coming. Don't be afraid of change because we are all capable of getting through the learning curve. Just know that parts are going to take a little time, but now you know how much time they will generally take.


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