Five mistakes I made in my first week at EJC

EJC’s office in Brussels. Not the whole building, obviously…

Week one at the European Journalism Centre was all about getting to know my new colleagues and absorbing as much information about the culture and processes of my new home.

It was also about making mistakes, which — because I’m new — I’m allowed to do. Right?

Mistake #1: Not (quite) reading enough

This is almost a win — I’ve constructed a new read-in routine: one hour every morning to process news, articles, documents, mails, and calendar requests. The daily result should be a re-structured to do list, an up-to-date calendar, and a few Twitter shares of topics I’d like to engage people on (I use Buffer to spread them throughout the day).

However, part of the routine includes some reading outside of the usual daily cycle (I’m currently reading Elon Musk’s biography for instance). I haven’t stuck to that, and I need to if I’m to get through at least one book a month (another goal of mine for next year).

Mistake #2: A lack of sleep and exercise

Improvement needed. Most mornings I have been waking up super early, my brain buzzing with new ideas stimulated from conversations the day before.

But I’ve not quite had the energy to harness them. This one should be relatively easy to fix — I need to build a routine, put a notepad by my bed, get my bedroom darker, and get out for more runs.

Mistake #3: Eating lunch on my own

When I remembered to eat lunch, it was usually late. An ambitious week one schedule left my packed my days completely packed.

Meeting colleagues outside of a structured meeting or one-to-one was a great piece of advice I had from one of my mentors. I managed it twice last week, let’s see if I can improve on that.

Mistake #4: Remembering to listen

My 100 days of questions is not as easy to accomplish as it might sound. As my first post in this series highlighted, I should be listening. There’s definite room for improvement here. I’m still too quick to offer potential solutions when confronted with issues.

It comes from a good place — I don’t want anyone from the team to feel left alone with problems. But I also need to give everyone the space to build solutions themselves too.

Mistake #5: Not celebrating the wins

Overall, it has been a great week. I held seven one-on-one, numerous bootcamps, loads of partners calls and stuck pretty well to my schedule. Starting this blog is a real win and my 100 day agenda is a little ahead of time.

So maybe I should be celebrating the wins a little more?