May 1, 2009
Wake up early to get things done. When you get up, clean up your room. If you work until late, you might consider taking your showers at night so you can sleep an extra 20 minutes or so. Make sure you wake up early enough to actually get ready. You may feel run down but you sure don't have to look like it. It will also help if you have everything that you need for the day packed up and ready to go. Assuming you go to school, use every second of your time wisely. Studyhalls, lunch breaks, and free time shouldn't be wasted. It's easy to day dream but instead of sitting in a sleepy stare, you could be working on homework you already know is going to be due or even other assignments. Make it your goal to get as much done as possible at school. Use planners and schedulers to plan time to get projects, readings, and other assignments finished. Try not to procrastinate. It's something everyone is guilty of, but by doing a little work day by day it will ultimately be easier. Eat healthy. This might not seem important, but really it is. You'll have more energy and feel better. Try to avoid take out foods, especially if you work in a restaurant! I'm sure everyone realizes by now that coffee, snack cakes and McDonald's meals really do add up and hit your wallet. Pump yourself up for work. Honestly, most people hate their jobs. There will always be someone who you don't like. A task that you hate to do. So on your way to work, try listening to your favorite songs. Listen to songs that make you feel good or remind you of good times. Make sure you get to work on time and are ready for the job. Getting yelled at when you walk in the door first thing is never a good way to start the shift. Remember that's it's only a few hours of your day and you are making money. And as hard as it, try to be pleasant to your coworkers. Starting drama will not help anyone or solve any problems.
When you get your pay check, remember to be thankful that you have a job. Some money is better than no money. Make sure your bills are paid. If you're young, you probably have few bills to pay. It helps to make a list of things you want and need. Put the things you really need at the top. Maybe your jeans are getting a little too thin to be considered nice, or your shoes are a bit worn out. Think of things you really need. Those should be the things you purchase first. Then later come the wants. Before you go splurge on one item, also think of future wants. Will you want to get your hair done in a few weeks? Will you want to go to that concert later this summer? Do you want to redo your room? All of this things are wants and ultimately cost money as well ; think long term. Don't waste time when you get home. It could be very easy to plop down in front of the computer and waste 2 hours on facebook or staring at the TV screen for the night. Try to avoid this because before you know it, it'll be 1 AM and you still haven't moved since you got home. Make sure you make time to spend with your loved ones and find ways to relieve your stress. Don't spend all your free time sleeping. That may actually make you feel even more run down in the long run. Go to bed at a reasonable time. It's impossible for me to tell you to get 8 hours of sleep ; it's easier said then done for most of us.
Make life easier on yourself by doing the little things. Make sure you have gas in your car. Don't put off stopping just because you're tired. If you ran out of gas in the middle of the road one day, you know you'd be pissed. Make sure you get your laundry done. There's nothing worse then doing a smell check to see what's clean and what's not. Make sure you don't carry around more than you need. And do everyone a favor by not constantly complaining about your life. Everyone goes through hard times and no one can really do anything to fix your problems. Remember that work is just work. It's something you have to do and will most likely have to do for a very long time. Do your job and do it well, and then leave the stress there as you walk out the door. Don't let school, work, and other stresses take over your life. Remember it's just apart of your day. You are an actually person!
Posted by Jane at Friday, May 01, 2009 |