Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Performance Anxiety

Tuesday has come and gone and still no word of annual performance reviews. Not for sure what's going on, but whatever it is it surely doesn't smell too flowery (yes, Cocoa understands that the word is 'floral'!).

I suspect the Firm PTB are plotting to get rid of somebody. Who? Who knows...could be the renegade assistant or me (the other renegade assistant). Either way, I am sure the post-verbal-bitch-slap buzz will be well worth the wait.

Kind of on-topic... I just finished scanning an article that says a firing could be the best thing to happen to a person. I agree, especially if said person has been putting off a great pursuit thanks to fear. Quiet as kept, Cocoa has actually hoped a firing on a person or two. Let's face it: some folks just need a little extra help getting the party started.

I know exactly what I would do if a pink slip met me in the grill tomorrow. Please don't ask why. I guess some folks are just a bit better at some things than others. My speciality happens to be rebounding from being quired (quit or fired...who knows!) and such.

Question: If you were fired tomorrow, what would be your three-month game plan?


Mine? I'd study my arse off for my upcoming entrance exam, while temping in an easy ass gig that would afford me plenty of study time. Matter of fact, I might even leave the City for three months and sublet my place at a hiked rate for extra cash flow. Around one month before my exam, I'd start looking for some longer-term easy opportunities to hold me over until the first day of classes. Then, the work world would be history for a few years.

Your turn...

Cocoa Girl

23 comments:

nikki said...

1. move to new york post haste.
2. enroll in college there.
3. find a gig and write.

Cocoa Girl said...

Nice Nikki...isn't it funny how we probably all know what we'd do. Can I ask why you would do it if fired, but not now?

African girl, American world said...

Glad you have a plan. Hey Cocoa *waving* I'm back in blogland with no firewalls...YAY!!!

I am part of a 2 income household so I wouldn't suffer right away but you know I believe in temping. I would probably take 2 weeks just to myself then survive on temp jobs.

hotcoffy007 said...

i was fired from a job that i hated and not only did i stop smoking but i lost weight. sometimes they do it to you, and sometimes they do it for you. that was the start of my health kick that has remained with me since that time.kinda on topic, kinda

mrs.tj said...

After arguing with hubby because he thought I quit instead of getting fired. I would go shopping. LOL! 2 income household.
I would pay a couple months to Wells Fargo and live off of unemployment for a minute.
Clean up the house really good.
Be the wife to Hubby that I always dreamed up. Cook meals, set out clothes, run bath water, sex him down daily. Fix my hair, do my nails, family night with the rest of the fam.
And after I got tired of doing that for 2 or 3 days...

I would really need to think about that everytime it was time for me to leave a position, I have always had a back up plan. But since I really plan on becoming a partner in this firm, I really don't have any thing else. I would probably collect my money from this spot. Buy a run down home, fix it up and start flipping.

Holla!

Cocoa Girl said...

Hey Mwabs - I was gone for a while myself, so I understand:) Welcome back...and good for that 2-income household.

Hotcoffy007 - You weren't off topic at all. Sometimes - probably more than people dare to imagine - firings can be good things for us.

It's just up to us to find the good in it.

Mrs TJ - I love your plan for becoming a steller wife! That's so cool. You and your hubby seem like ya'll are in it for the loooong run. You go girl!

Coco Stasia said...

Hey Cocoa, I must have been away too long, there have been some interesting developments on your end! If I was fired, I'd find a gig working nights so that I could intern during the day in the field I REALLY want to be in, not just doing what I'm good at. It would give me a chance to work my way up without feeling like I made the stupid mistake of quitting a well paying job to work for little or nothing. But knowing me, I probably wouldn't have the guts to do it!

Blaq Honey said...

I admit, a salary has made me lazy. But I was going over my expenses versus income and realize that I'm really just breaking even with extra money to be frivolous but not fabulous. So I'm about to start hustling again (aka. website design, computer tutoring). When I quit my job about 2 years ago to go back to school for a bit, I hustled and was happy because I controlled every minute of my day even if I was poor. So if I was fired today, I'd get it together pretty quickly. Every time I've quit or been fired, I always ended up making more money at the next place. I just had to wait patiently.

Cocoa Girl said...

Coco Stasia - Are you in NYC, girl??? BTW, never tell yourself that you can't do something. Sure it's a cliche, but it's a good one. I am currently studying math and haven't look at it since the 12th grade. Yet, everything is coming back to me SO easily. You can do anything...for real;-)

Blaqhoney - I have never had a salary good enough to make me lazy. Wondder what that one feels like...LOL!

BTW, hustling is good...real good:) Just wish that I could do it better...

Miss Ahmad said...

well as a freelancer i'm often in between jobs which kinda makes me do the things i said i'd do if i had the time.

take for example now. i'm taking meetings and talking to people about projects but in the meanwhile i'm having fun, seeing old friends, writing, just took and hour job, eating more fresh fruits and veggies and living sanely.

i really don't intend to be inbetween jobs for three months but it happened once and it changed my life. it's how i started the book i'm writing now and it made me prioritize life in a new way!

jump the parachute is always there!

Coco Stasia said...

Yes, after much drama I'm finally in New York. I'm living in Brooklyn at the moment, but I'm plotting my escape. I definitely have my eye on Harlem;-) You're right about being more positive. I need to get ready to go back to school but the mere thought of taking the GMAT keeps me from doing it. I need to be more dedicated like you!

Cocoa Girl said...

I was intimidated by the GMAT, too. Don't be...buy a study book!

Organized Noise said...

The three month plan. . . I'd still go on these two trips that I have planned for the rest of the year and might even add a third. I have a nest egg large enough to cover three months of regular monthly expenses, plus my transportation expense would go down a lot since I wouldn't need that LIRR monthly pass. Around the end of November I'd start looking for a new job with hopes of starting fresh at the first of the year.

Nessa said...

Well, I WILL be in this exact position in a couple of weeks and I cant be happier!!!! I am leaving/getting laid off from a project where the money was amazing. Am I worried? Not in the least. I prepared and have saved enough to last me quite a while. I'm actually thinking about taking culinary courses. I am going to take this time to learn more about me and figure out what I really wanna do with myself. I welcome the change and look forward to the transition....




until the unemployment checks run out. Just because I have the money to sit back and relax, dont mean I wanna LOL!!!!

nikki said...

cocoa...i would do it if fired cuz the decision would be taken out of my hands. i haven't done it now because i haven't displayed the courage necessary to take the plunge. yeah, it sucks, because in my heart i know new york is where i'm supposed to be. i can just FEEL it.

but the chaos left in the wake of such a move? i'm too much of a coward to address it.

Blah Blah Blah said...

I would do the unemployment thing.
I would let Yahmony pay every damn bill I have...like he keeps tryna do now... With men paying bills, comes great responsibility...I ain't ready to take on..lol
I would go back to school.

Cocoa Girl said...

Organized - I love the travel plans...and the emergency fund! Also, I feel you about the job search timeline. Tons of jobs become available at the turn of the year.

Go Nessa...it's your bifday! Welcome and congrats on your upcoming break. Those are the absolute best!

Nikki - Never call yourself a coward. You will move when/if ready. Everybody is not as crazy as some (aka moi)... Just open the door for opportunity when it knocks...

BBB - I feel ya on the insta-husband bit. I reserve bill-paying for those with Mr. Poential!

ChezNiki said...

My three month plan last year when I left my job was:

1. Cash out the 401K. The company was going through a merger, so I got my money the h*ll up outta there?
Caveat:Only do this if you are young (and have time to start a new retirement plan at the next gig)
PAY THE TAXES WHEN YOU CASH OUT! The penalty is 10% plus 20% if you are younger than 62, so give them their 33% on the front side and save yourself some headaches later.

2. Pay some bills. "Pay it forward" means pay up the light, phones and rent for a couple months.

3. Have some fun. I threw a Victory Martini Party, but you can also shop, travel, write...whatever youve been putting off

...then buckle down and make a new plan to bring in some income

Sodapop said...

I quit a job I hated last year to move far away to move back again in a few months. Fortunately, for me I HAD a two income household. The hubby and I both quite well paying jobs to move across the country with our child but it was worth it. We're back now and both are temping, he started working earlier then I. I'm still trying to fiqure out what I want to do but am temping in the meantime. The money it great and I do absolutely nothing but read blogs and the internet. He is very supportive and tells me to do what I want. Fortunately we had quite a large savings to tide us over while we lived it up for a few months. I'm still trying to fiqure it out and I want to do something I WANT TO DO!

solitaire said...

Hey girl... I ain't planning on getting fired. BUT...if I get LAID OFF...

1. Move back to Toronto
2. Get back to my old part time gig (which brought more recognition)
3. Move to the US and keep on movin!!

Dani said...

I've never been fired before and I hope that never happens. BUT if it did, I'd just spend all my time getting my application in gear for grad school. I'd have a lot more time to devote to that.

Cocoa Girl said...

Hey Chezniki - Lovely photo!

Sodapop - Dayum - those two-family incomes are where it's at!

Hey Soli - How ya doing girl? You're from Toronto, huh? Had to be cuz you're always on fiyah! ;-)

Dani - They say that all good workers will get fired at least once in life. Good being graded by the level of passion that a person has for their work. BTW, I feel you on the grad school part. It's a heck of a lot of work!

designdiva said...

hey cocoa...im new to this blog and I just wanted to let you know how much i liked it. If I was to get fired, I would celebrate because I hate my job. Second, I would make a plan to do some temping and hustlin, to bring in some income and concentrate on finishing my last semester of school.