My month of July (and a bit of August) have been spent doing an internship up in London. Very different to my uni life of getting up at 2 and going to sleep at 2, I have now been up and commuting doing the classic 9-5 day. Here are 9-5 things I have learnt so far
9. Nobody who commutes is a morning person – And I don’t blame them! Morning trains are stuffy and overcrowded and everyone’s been dragged out of bed to stand like sardines in an oven (do you put sardines in an oven?) Anyway my first tip is to just accept that there will be grumpy people on the trains so just stick those headphones in and read the rush hour crush section of the metro!
8. Invest in a good pair of shoes – This one I had to learn the hard way. For my first 2 days at work I decided to where my old school shoes, big mistake. I ended up with blisters in places I honestly didn’t know you could get blisters so just pop down to your local shoe shop and get some comfy shoes (personally I opted for a pair of flossies because they are very simple but feel like you’re walking on pillows!)
7. Cups of tea and life savers – This is the case for 2 reasons. Firstly having a cup of tea just calms me down and gives me a bit more motivation for the day. Secondly it’s a good excuse to get away from the desk if you just want a bit of a break, which we all need from time to time!
6. Get away from your desk for lunch – Speaking of having a break, lunchtime is an hour that we all look forward to let’s be honest! My top tip is that have lunch away from your desk as much as possible. Whether that’s heading to a cafe or just sitting on a bench outside with your packed lunch. Getting away from your screen and just having some fresh air will really make a huge difference and give you a bit more motivation to power through the afternoon
5. Your bed will become your best friend – When my boyfriend started working full time I couldn’t understand why he was always ready to sleep by about 8 but now I 100% understand! It is draining doing the 9-5 because your brain is switched on the whole time and the commuting is enough to drain the life out of anyone! Plus you will really appreciate having an early night when your alarm goes off at 8 the next morning.
If I’m completely honest the 9-5 really isn’t as bad as I was anticipating! It does make your appreciate the weekends more than ever and you will find yourself watching the clock on occasion BUT it also makes you feel like you’ve actually done something with your day!
How do you feel about the 9-5? Is it something you’re already at full swing of or something you’re yet to begin?
Go and grab another cuppa on me (go on get up from that desk), Em x