Life After 9 to 5

Life After 9 to 5

This week I have no stories of adventure to offer you…instead, I want to offer a piece of advice: quit your job. I quit mine everyday.


Sounds weird, right? When I say I “quit my job” I don’t mean I actually go to my supervisor, hand in a notice and tell them I will see them tomorrow, every single day. No, I only figuratively “quit my job.” Why? I will tell you…


If there is one thing I will take away from my experience here in D.C. and use later down the road, it is mentally quitting my job everyday. I don’t have a very stressful job, nor is there anything bad about it, but you can’t take work home with you; it’s as simple as that. There is a reason why you go to work, and why you are scheduled to work a certain amount of time. It's because no matter how much you love your job, you’re not enjoying anything else if you are always thinking about it.


In all honesty, I’ve had a hard time adjusting to an office job… sitting at a computer for hours at a time has never been my thing, and I’m definitely a little slower than most interns when it comes to the learning curve of what an office job entails. I mentioned earlier how working with the Canada Institute is my first internship that I have ever done, and it really has been a great learning experience. I work with some really kind, helpful, and hardworking individuals, but it’s still tough for me. I would leave work thinking about how the day went, how it could have gone better, and what I really need to work on. I wouldn’t sleep at night because I would be wondering if I am doing a good enough job for my co-workers, or what projects I would be working on next. After a while, this can really take a toll on you personally. Which is why I started quitting my job.


So, how does one just “quit their job”? It’s really quite simple.


After every workday, I ride the metro home and think about how the day went. As soon as I step off of the metro and begin my walk home, I stop thinking about work entirely. I forget that I have a job, and I put my energy and attention into other things that matter (i.e. school work), or I do something that I really enjoy (i.e. working out), and I don’t think about work.


This doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy what I am doing, or like the people I am working with, because I do like them. I just mean you have to have boundaries. This is one way I have found to set those boundaries between work and life, and it has helped me tremendously. I’m able to sleep at night, and it helps me take on a new positive outlook for the next day, so I don’t show up to work stressed out of my mind. And if you love your job already, that’s great. This will only make you love what you’re doing more because you give yourself the mental break you need in order to show up to work everyday, and feel more inspired about what you are doing.


If you don’t believe me when I say this works, then why not give it a try? The worst that could happen is you stop thinking about work for a few hours… but if you actually have work to take home and do, I still suggest doing it. There’s my unofficial disclaimer.


Other than that, I really don’t have any exciting news for this week. It was the President’s Day long weekend and so I was only suppose to work three days this week, BUT it decided to snow and I got to have another day off from work, which was pretty darn awesome, considering I don’t get snow days in Canada.


Have an amazing week readers!

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