I recently started a new role at work. The role is not unfamiliar and it is a “run” role vs a “delivery” role. It is in my comfort zone so to speak.

It’s been just over 4 weeks since I started and the biggest thing I’ve notice is my capacity to absorb new information. My new team is the largest I’ve ever managed. I have more managers reporting to me than ever before.

The information that I am receiving is not unfamiliar. It is just coming at me in such large volumes that I find my capacity for retaining has hit a threshold. In essence, my brain is overflowing with too much information.

This can be frustrating at times, but I have been reminding myself of one thing. Be patient with yourself you cannot learn everything in one day. Rome wasn’t built in a day. So learning everything in the first few weeks is unreasonable too.

I know I said I need to be patient, but that is sometimes easier said than done. You want to be productive, support your staff, not look “stupid”, have an opinion, etc. All good things, but need to be tempered with patience.

Learning on the job is a big component of this role. There are a lot of moving parts. Six months to a year should have me well grounded and full of confidence. Till then I will keep taking as much in as possible, lean on my team and hope that eventually my brain will not be overflowing anymore.