1. Unclear objectives of the assignment
- Why am/are I/we doing this?
- What do I expect of myself?
- Is this realistic? If not, what is?
- Am I frustrated due to a minimization of the differences?
- How can I create a routine for myself?
- First, see #1. Second, ask yourself, how can I better manage my personal and professional goals during this transition? Hint: It typically takes the normal expat at least 6 months to reach productivity levels of their home country, so don't be so hard on yourself!
- How can I take better care of myself?
- How can I place boundaries on my time?
- What resources exist? Remember to include virtual resources!
- What will I do so I speak/hear/read the host language everyday? Also, see #2.
- How can I increase my empathy? What else is going on that I am unaware of?