Sonal, a friend of mine, had written the following a few months ago, when she left her job. I reproduce it below with her permission:
It’s a weird feeling to work for an employer where you have put in your papers. In UK it is a common practise to serve your notice period. Which means that you work for 1 or 2 or in some extreme cases 3 months where you have put in your papers with your? As opposed to, in India, the new employer pays for the notice period, or the old employer is just happy to get rid of you J. I guess it’s a matter of better planning done by the organisations in the UK or maybe a cultural thing.
Now let us come back to the feeling which one goes through when you are just serving your notice period. In this period, you just come to office to vile your time away, looking for things which do not require a lot of thinking power but would keep you occupied till its official time to go home. Anything which requires major concentration or thinking too much is just not what you want to do. Moreover your enthusiasm to start new projects is zilch. One reason is that you can not start and finish a new project in the time you will be there in the organisation and you will have one more thing to handover. Another is you don’t want to start as the person who will come and replace you will want to do it a different way than you. And plus I think you loose that passion which you would have had in making your point if you are going to stay with the organisation.
You are in a period of limbo where you cannot put your heart in what you are doing and this is somehow not a very nice feeling. Now some would say that I am thinking too much and I should just enjoy the period. This is a break which I will get before the new job would start and life would become hectic again. I see from where they are coming from and it makes a lot of sense theoretically, but it is difficult to do the same: just passing time for 8 weeks when you are not wired that way.