quick analysis

i have settled into the new job. the first few weeks at a new place are terrifying no matter where you go, but coming into the legal world, and more specifically the subsection of oregon juvenile dependency law – well, that’s a whole new language/mindset/what have you. the first few weeks are terrifying because you get an immediate sense of the scope of things and just how little grasp you have on them. you long for a month from now, when familiarity has dulled the terror a bit.

cut to now. the pieces are known to me, and while i’m a ways from seeing how it all works together, i am already to that point where i can walk into the office, and, after getting the coffee going and the printer warmed up and humming, take one quick look at the filing on my desk and the days’ agenda and see the entire day laid out before me.  there is something simple and delightful about being able to map out the day in a glance, and then to set about doing it. and it suits me well to be in a place where i can act as the calm anchor for a handful of perpetually disorganized bosses. work as project.

of course it’s happened after a few weeks of struggling to dig myself out of the backlogged piles of work left by the month-long absence of a full-time receptionist, combined with the steep learning curve, that i find myself often with less to do than i would like. hence the internet, hence the blogging, hence the back-and-forth emails of YouTube videos sent between legal assistants (while i’m on the subject, a pro tip: nothing good comes from befriending your co-workers on Facebook). but despite these occasional reprieves into mindless entertainment, i have work to do, and i can see it in an instant. i have to take a moment to appreciate this. i appreciate having the breathing room to get my work done at my own pace, and having the luxury of doing work  i can perform and enjoy, and then leave it at the office come 5 o’clock. when the real work begins.

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