Being a Newbie:
I hope there is a lot of positivity here. I know its not all honey and roses. So I wanted to share the following with you.
I was told by my regular to not give up and hang in there. "It gets better" she said. She was 100% right but at the time it freggin sucked!!!
One day near Christmas, I was about 3 weeks old. I was servicing a CBU (cluster box) and just cried my eyes out. I was running way to late and the mail was a mess. I had missed so much. I didnt know how I was going to make it by dispatch. I knew I had made a mistake taking this job. I was mad at my dog and I even felt bad for the gravel on the road. I felt like I let down all of our customers and my office!
I was coming to terms at that very moment. That day was my make or break day.
Well, I was still servicing boxes with tears on my cheeks but I proceeded to suck it up, call for help and continue on, embracing the suck. We managed to finish the route by dispatch and I pledged to myself that I never wanted to feel that way again! What a personal motivator! I would like to say I haven't needed help since but it isn't true. As long as the extra help is few and far in-between your doing great! It DOES get better!
You will have your moments. We ALL have "those days" Hang in there. Even regulars have their days. If management comes down hard on you, remember to yourself that your new, you’re doing the best you can and you will try again next time. I can still hear the words from the super when I rolled triumphantly in 20 minutes before dispatch, he said "You need to be back 30 minutes before dispatch. Your time is unacceptable." He seemed genuinely irritated. Man! I was thrilled, I tell ya, thrilled and pleased with myself that I made it when I did. I was absolutely freggin beaming with pride and then I heard that from super. Don't let it get you down!
Best advice I can give you is to LET IT GO. Just try to do better each time. You’ll get it. The best part is that the postal service is continuously starting a new day. So hang in there, dont be too hard on yourself and tomorrow can only be better!