Mornin’. I’m off to my first day day of work!
Because I’m beginning my internship today, I wanted to start a discussion about adjusting to a full-time work schedule. I’ve been really spoiled over the last two years because my grad school classes were at night, so I’ve had the luxury of sleeping a bit later, working out in the mornings, eating a hot lunch at home, and making my own work schedule based on when I am most productive. I got a taste of the typical workday last year during my practicum at an elementary school, so I know going to work every day will be a tough transition. It’s not the actual work that bothers me (after all, I chose school psychology for a reason!) but it’s the little inconveniences that come from having to go somewhere all day, every day. For example: having to wear business casual clothes (which aren’t that comfortable in my opinion); bringing an extra pair of shoes to work on snowy days; packing a gym bag every day; not being able to leave for lunch; not having my own office space; lugging my computer to work each day; and not being able to control the temperature of my work space.
I don’t want to make a mountain out of a mole hill here, but these little things do add up. However, my mission on Taking Back my Twenties is not to complain, but to take charge of my life and find ways to make working days more enjoyable. Part of this means making life at work more comfortable. I have a few ideas about how I’m going to accomplish this, so I made a list of goals. Most of the things on this list are common sense, but they tend to be easier said than done, which is why I’m going to need reminders…
1. Think about food ideas before weekly grocery trips so that I can incorporate leftovers to make lunches more interesting. And, pack plenty of snacks!
2. Pack my bag, lay out clothes, and make lunch the night before.
3. Get in bed 30 minutes before bedtime so I have a chance to wind-down. Since I’m a night person, I tend to get energized before bed and then I have trouble falling asleep right away.
4. Pick one day a week to skip the gym and work late to reduce the amount of work I have to do on weekends.
5. Keep a pair of old flats and a sweater at work for comfort.
6. Get up 15 minutes earlier than I actually need to so I don’t have to rush in the morning. I hate rushing.
7. Get organized and take the time to stay organized! Once I know what my case load will be like, I want to create an organization system that makes my life easier so I don’t waste time looking for things.
8. Think of each day as a learning experience and not just a list of tasks that I need to get through.
I know many of you have probably mastered life in the working world, so I’d love to hear your tips for making the work day more enjoyable!