As defined by Wikipedia: a colloquial term used in the United States and Canada to describe the decreased motivation toward studies displayed by students who are nearing the end of their high school, college and graduate school careers.
Remember those last days of school when you all you could think about where the new adventures life had in store for you? Well, it happens again in life when you have accepted a new, exciting position or are about to enter relaxing world of retirement. We’ve all seen our colleagues check out during these times and may even have been guilty of it ourselves. Most coworkers are willing to cut you a bit of slack for tuning out a bit more or being less motivated. However, your lack of productivity does hurt your team and even the community you are serving. So here are some tips for keeping yourself focused on the present even when your fantastic future is just weeks away!
- Pass it on
You probably know things about your job that no one else in your organization knows. Now is the time to figure out who will be taking over you job duties. If someone outside the organization will be replacing you, try to write everything down and organize all your files (digital and hard copy). If someone inside the organization will be taking over your duties, now is the time to do some training. You did a fabulous job, right? Why let all your knowledge, planning, and organization go to waste?
- Remember that people are still counting on you
If you’re at work, you should be doing work. Now is not the time to start new projects that will eventually be dumped on someone else’s already full plate but you need to keep up with your other responsibilities so as not to add more work to the person who is taking over your duties. Remember you are still a valuable member of the organization and that people need you. Granted, this will be easier if you have been a respected member of staff and work with a productive team.
- Stay professional
Even if this is a bad breakup and you cannot wait to leave your dysfunctional organization, you need to be the bigger person and remain professional. You’ve heard it a million times – don’t burn any bridges. This is especially true in the library world since it is so very small and there is always someone who knows someone who may eventually tell the story about how you acted badly during your last days at your most hated job.