So it’s your first summer in the workplace. You can say goodbye to laying by the pool all day, staying up all night long on those summer nights, and traveling when and anywhere you want during your summer break.

Now, you are probably re-thinking if working over the summer is worth it, but don’t rethink it just yet. Although you may be giving up some free time during your summer, the reality is that you are actually gaining more freedom. You will gain experience that will only benefit you in your future career. It will prepare you for the real world, you will most likely have more money in your pocket, and you will gain relationships and valuable connections.

Stay consistent with a sleep schedule. Nothing can you throw you off more than not getting enough sleep. A week or two before you start your job, try going to sleep earlier and waking up earlier so your body gets used to the new routine. This will help you significantly when you start your new summer job.

Realize that you may miss out on some activities with friends, but don’t let this get you down. Just because you may not be able to hang out with your friends poolside doesn’t mean your summer job is not worth it. You will have plenty of weekends to relax with friends, and you have time after work to enjoy life. Just remember working will benefit you, and those couple of hours poolside won’t take you where you want to be in a couple of years.

Meal prepping. Make your lunches and dinners before the week starts. This will save you so much time in the morning and at night, and it will also save you a lot of money from eating out at lunch. This will also give you more time to enjoy those precious moments with your friends.

Maximize your time to do things for yourself and friends after work and on the weekends. Work hard, play hard. If you don’t take time to enjoy yourself, you will get burnt out from work. It’s a healthy balance, and it may not come easy, but remember to put yourself first and to take care of you.

 

Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

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