There are things I need to do this week, my final week here. I need to organise myself, separate my personal and work emails, separate my personal and work files. Delete all the junk I have accumulated, both electronic and paper. Backup all the work I have done in the past 2 years and 2 months. Then I need to go through the system and delete myself, and make sure there is no trace of me left.
There is a list they call the “Exit checklist” which I need to go through and collect signatures from various departments to verify all loose ends are taken care of. The word has gotten around, and people are starting to say goodbye to me. The Exit checklist reminds me of an end-of-life checklist. You say your goodbyes, and you tie up loose ends, all in preparation of your being absent/gone/no more. There is simply no turning back once you embark on this journey.