The nine to five

 

Today I want to talk about my first month of experiences with working full time. It came to mind one week into my new job. I wanted it to be a way for me to look back on how it was and the things I found helped and hindered my experience. I hope someone finds this helpful! Let me know in the comments below.

– TRAVEL –

This part took me trial and error to work out how long it takes to get to work from where I live. I found this component the most mentally challenging. It is quite mundane driving on a freeway and it made me feel quite hopeless and isolated.

Parking further away and walking longer to and from work helps, getting out and about and talking to locals, interacting more with staff, and being in the right head space. I still aim to move out of home this year, but savings first! I need to be mentally there with the right attitude before moving.

It has been time-consuming and challenging with travel. I worked out I need to leave an extra ten minutes earlier each morning to give me a fifteen minute window from my car to the office. Everything has been doable, but I want to make my mornings more efficient and less stressful.

– MOTIVATION –

This is a tricky one I am not going to lie. I think it’s the one I have struggled with most; trying to find the right amount of self-motivation to get up every morning and be productive at work. Things that have helped me get through each working week are: music, reading, food and staying hydrated, being organised, keeping productive, and learning and knowing when to pace myself or take a break.

Motivation is about being in the right frame of mind. I have struggled with this a lot. From support and love from those around me, and getting myself into the proactive attitude of “you can do this”, I am slowly but surely getting there. This year for me is about saving money for travel and moving out, learning self-motivation and resilience, and most importantly, pushing myself to achieve and feel proud to be me. I want this year to mean something. I want to look back this time next year and say, you know what, you did well.

The more I adapt to my job it has become easier with motivation. I am tired but more motivated to get through tasks and the day in general. I have started going to the gym a few times a week which helps enormously with fitness, motivation and a healthy mind! The more organised I am, the easier I can relax in the evenings and on weekends.

– FOOD –

This part was exciting for me. What works for me personally is four meals from breakfast before work to leaving the office in the afternoon. I break these meals up with fresh fruit and coffee with a muffin. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day I find is very helpful. I noticed when I only had 1-2 litres that it wasn’t nearly enough. I feel my happiest during the day when I have closer to 2.5 or 3 litres.

I am listening to what my body wants each day. Some days I need a pick-me-up homemade muffin from the local French cafe, other days I need a healthy brown rice salad to feel refreshed. Although there is a routine of sorts with my food each day at work, I try to alter it to make myself feel good. Things I have been liking are mixed fruit and nuts (the good stuff though: coconut flakes, goji berries, white chocolate almonds, pumpkin seeds) and brown rice with spinach and vegetables.

Work meals make me think of money, preparation and health. I end up spending $20 on coffee each week and the occasional mid-morning snack because my breakfast wan’t big enough so prepping as many meals as possible really helps. Without organising lunch, my working week does not flow and I spend more than I save. I find I eat much healthier when I bring everything from home.

– CLOTHES –

It took me a couple of weeks to have a wardrobe versatile enough to get me through the first month. Having work clothes in a corporate job is something you always add to. I am slowly working out what makes me feel comfortable and good at work, and am finding that perhaps I am not dressing as formal as what I should be. I want to add another skirt and dress to the staples. I am still on the hunt for the perfect pair of work pants!

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