3 lessons learned from working a 9 to 5

Day 3 of the 31 day challenge

As a child all I could dream about was being an “adult”. I didn’t really know what that meant, I just couldn’t wait to have my own home, my own stuff, and my own family. My obsession as a kid (and even a little bit now) was/is playing the Sim games on my computer. I got to make my own house and decorate it and live life how I wanted to. Well, the sims did not prepare me for what adult life is alctually like (are we surprised). There is no rosebud or motherload cheats in real life (cheat code for a lot of money), nor can you fastforward in real life to make work go by faster.

When I graduated from college I could not wait to jump into the “real world” and get a full time 9-5 job. I could not wait for all the good things that come along with having a “real” job, such as having money to spend shopping, but I was not prepared for how much my life was going to change.

  1. When you have a 9-5 job, you miss out on EVERYTHING, especially in the Summer! I get text messages from friends in the middle of the day on a Monday asking what I’m doing. Uh…working, as usual. Unlike some of my friends I cannot go catch an afternoon movie, spend my mornings tanning, or go shopping and out for lunch. Why? Because I’m at work when all the fun stuff is going on and by the time I get out of work I’m too tired, which brings me to my second point…
  2. You no longer have a life. Maybe that’s just me, but after being up early and working all day, by the time I get home I want to do nothing! When people ask me if I want to go out to the bar or catch a 10pm movie, I just laugh. Not only do I laugh because I’m in bed by 10pm, but because I yet again have work the very next day too, so my free time after work is limited. To make matters worse, when you have your own place you really don’t have time to yourself after work. My daily schedule is work until 5, home by 5:30, make dinner and eat by 7, maybe sit down and relax until about 9, make my lunch for the next day, shower, and in bed by 10pm. What an exciting day.
  3. $$$$ Who doesn’t LOVE having money to spend? With working a full time job that means you get a decent amount of money to spend (or save if you are smart, unlike me).  BUT, actually having money can get you in trouble. You think that because you have money that you can buy all of these things or sign up for credit cards because you will have the money to pay them off. WRONG. If you can control your spending then this does not imply to you, but clearly I’m somewhat of a shopaholic. Now, I make enough to pay the bills, but never end up having any money left over. That money is already spent a week before I get that pay. A girl has got to shop, but this girl has got to learn to budget!

How has YOUR life changed since working a full time job? Are you able to balance “work life” and “real life”?

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