15 Signs You're A Full-Time Working Girl, 40 Hours A Week Or More

15 Signs You're A Full-Time Working Girl, 40 Hours A Week Or More

Forty hours a week really changes you.
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Forty hour work weeks, 5 days, 8 hours per day. Full-time jobs require a lot of dedication and consume the majority of your time. I love my full-time internship, honestly. It's a lot of fun and I get to experience what it will be like when I grow up and work at a company. Here are some signs that you work full time.

1. You're always tired

Waking up at 6, being at work by 8 and not leaving until 5 can really make you exhausted. Waking up early kicks off your exhaustion while everything in between 8-5 can make you tired as well so by the end of the workday, you're ready for a nap. Except if you nap, then you won't sleep later and be even more tired the next day. Thank God for coffee.

2. Your body adjusts to waking up early

I don't seem to really sleep in anymore on the weekends. My body thinks I should be up early so I'm now waking up at 7 or 8. But hey I get to lay in bed until whenever I want so I don't mind too much.

3. Weekends become your summer

You try to squeeze your normal summer days into two days. Because they are the only days you have off, so you try to make the best of them.

4. Plan out your outfits

You tend to plan out your outfits every night because if you don't, you will be late to work. You can't just throw on any old shirt and shorts. You got to look good and professional.

5. Don't do anything during the week

You're dead after a day of work, so you dedicate your off time to resting and relaxation. You probably won't make major plans during the week.

6. "Sorry, I have to work."

This phrase is used a lot. If someone tries to plan something during the week: "Sorry, I have to work." Or if there's a late night party: "Sorry, I have to work [the next day]."

7. Love three day weekends

Three day weekends are a blessing from God. But the Friday before is an absolute killer and all you want to do is leave. Or the Monday after is even more worse than a normal Monday.

8. TGIF

Fridays have a whole new meaning when you work full-time. You can have a successful day at work and then you're able to party hard because you don't have to work in the morning. They also are the day that people can easily leave early on because hey, it's Friday.

9. Friends on the weekend

You won't see your friends until the weekend most likely. And sometimes you want to see them all at once but it's tough when you have only two free days. So hopefully all your friends are able to hang out together so you can see them all.

10. Have more laundry

I basically wear two outfits a day. My work outfit and my after work outfit. And they both are washed differently so I have to do separate loads. It actually sucks.

11. Super good at keeping track of time

You're always looking at the clock and become very aware of what time it is. It's weird but sometimes helps you get through the day.

12. You're always hungry

I've noticed that I am absolutely starving by the time 11 am rolls around. Then, when I get home, I am starving for dinner. Not sure why or how because I sit at a desk all day and don't have any physical activity but I eat a lot.

13. You're going to be pale

If your full-time job is in the summer, there's no way you'll get your usual tan if you work inside. Tanning is only for the weekends now so soak up the sun.

14. You may spend a little bit more

You're making good money at this job, so why not spend a little extra on some things? But everyone is different, so others may not even change how they spend their money.

15. Hump day has a whole new meaning

Took me from the time I first saw that commerical to when I started my full-time job to realize Wednesday is hump day because you're over the hump of the week.

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15 Things A Girl Should Master Before She's 20

When push comes to shove, you have to show people what you're made of.
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We all dream about what our lives will be like when we finally turn 20.

Once we turn the big 2-0, there are about 15 things that us girls should know how to do. If you want to be a successful, independent, badass woman, this list will definitely help you out.

So, let's get started. You should be able to do the following things:

1. Own up to your mistakes

We all have our faults, but when you know you messed up, own up to it.

2. Learn to receive constructive criticism positively

We're not perfect. If friends and family give their input, just listen. They're trying to help.

3. Have a bomb signature

Signing your name is a mundane task, but leaving your mark looks good. Plus, boldly signing your name on a receipt for something you probably shouldn't have bought will definitely feel better.

4. Be able to forgive

Holding on to grudges does nothing but fill you up with negativity and resentment. Forgive and let go. 9 times out of 10, holding that grudge is not worth losing your best friend.

5. Tell a guy off

Come on girls, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Tell him how you feel. Stop being so nice. You don't need that negativity in your life.

6. Stand up for yourself

I understand it is easier said than done, but when push comes to shove, you have to show people what you're made of. At this point, letting others walk over you is just dumb.

7. Put on winged eyeliner

Hopefully, all of us have moved on from putting eyeliner in our waterlines. Hopefully, we have moved on to bigger and better things.

8. Be able to cook at least one meal (well)

It doesn't have to gourmet, but at least be able to make something for yourself. Even it's just breakfast.

9. Write a professional email

This is such an important one. No one is going to be able to take you seriously if you still use emojis in your emails.

10. Have a killer handshake (no dainty princess crap)

Having a good handshake isn't just for guys; this one is for us, too! Your handshake is one of the first things people notice about you, so make it a good one.

11. Make yourself a cup of coffee

If you have a Keurig, don't worry; this one isn't very tricky at all!

12. Take care of your body

As we get older, our metabolisms slow down and our lives get busier. Instead of doing what's convenient and easy, really think about what you are putting into your body. Stay active. Your body will appreciate it.

13. Do your own laundry and iron

If you still don't know how to do this, we have a problem. This is an essential skill. Don't let you mom do it for you!

14. Take a good picture

We've all been there. Taking a pic for your friends and then having to do it again. By now, you should have this skill mastered, too. Plus, you have to do it for the mems, right??

15. Live life with a positive attitude

Life is short. Let go of the negativity. Be grateful for what you have in life. Live life with a smile on your face.

Alright girls, do you know how to do these 15 things? If not, it's time to learn. You got this!

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Can We Just Be?

"We do not rest satisfied with the present."

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Upon reading Blaise Pascal's Pensées, I was motivated to ramble with my own thoughts regarding his observation about the present.

Pascal states:

We do not rest satisfied with the present. We anticipate the future as too slow in coming, as if in order to hasten its course; or we recall the past, to stop its too rapid flight. So imprudent are we that we wander in the times which are not ours, and do not think of the only one which belongs to us; and so idle are we that we dream of those times which are no more, and thoughtlessly overlook that which alone exists. For the present is generally painful to us. We conceal it from our sight, because it troubles us; and if it be delightful to us, we regret to see it pass away. We try to sustain it by the future, and think of arranging matters which are not in our power, for a time which we have no certainty of reaching. Let each one examine his thoughts, and he will find them all occupied with the past and the future. We scarcely ever think of the present; and if we think of it, it is only to take light from it to arrange the future. The present is never our end. The past and the present are our means; the future alone is our end. So we never live, but we hope to live; and, as we are always preparing to be happy, it is inevitable we should never be so.

Why can't we simply be in the present? I've asked myself this question many times. I'm guilty of nostalgia, and at a cross between feeling despair and hope for the future. All factors considered, it makes a fantastic recipe for apprehension of the present.

At some point, we acknowledge that everything, eventually, has an expiration date. Before that final moment arrives, we wish to understand more about God, life, death, ourselves, and others. We believe a deeper comprehension of these things will bring us peace.

The wise man, however, accepts that it's impossible to know everything. He's humble about his existence. He wants to learn and be taught. He asks questions. He doesn't make any assumptions. He hopes to obtain knowledge of the world while he's in it; thus, he observes the world patiently, and with an open mind.

I cringe when I think about how we "exist" in the world today. We lack humility and willpower. Take for example how we even have trouble sitting still, and quietly, for more than a few minutes. We don't know what to do with ourselves. We're eager to move and speak, but when we finally do, we don't really go anywhere or say anything important. So, why the rush?

A while ago, I read a passage from The Apology of Socrates by Plato, which gave an account of the way humans claim knowledge of things they have absolutely no idea about. In The Apology, Plato writes on behalf of Socrates:

For my part, as I went away, I reasoned with regard to myself: "I am wiser than this human being. For probably neither of us knows anything noble and good, but he supposes he knows something when he does not know, while I, just as I do not know, do not even suppose that I do. I am likely to be a little bit wiser than he in this very thing: that whatever I do not know, I do not even suppose I know."

In this excerpt, Socrates states that he's the wiser man (and he is). Socrates accepts that he is ignorant about the subject, and doesn't say otherwise; while the other man acts as if he knows. Even though, he too, is ignorant. This particular passage is insightful because it describes how we might behave when our thoughts are challenged.

We have difficulty admitting that we don't know as much as we think. When we're wrong, we think conceding to our mistakes weakens us. Pretending to be something, or know something, is easier than seeming vulnerable. In actuality, we're being driven by false pride and ego –all to avoid saying these simple words –I don't know.

Our lack of ability to admit fault, can also be applied as a reason that we grapple with being genuinely happy. We struggle to achieve unconditional peace and happiness because we presume we know what creates it (but we don't). We trust the past, and future, more than the present because we don't want to reform ourselves now. We're stubborn to change and hesitant to forgive. Essentially, we're flawed creatures, and we require a lot of work.

We crave happiness now, but are unwilling to work on ourselves now to attain it in the long run. In fact, we do the opposite. We contradict ourselves by engaging in distractions that are quick and meaningless. But, it's quite clear that we're diverting ourselves in order to avoid facing certain truths. Sometimes, we may not like what we see. As a result, we delay focusing on ourselves.

So far, it probably sounds like I'm resigned, and completely critical, of all humans (including myself). That's not the case. I'm aware of my surroundings, and I pay attention to our imperfect nature, in anticipation of seeing it transition into something better.

Someone told me the other day: "Don't think too much! BE!" They weren't wrong.

At times, I find myself resisting the joy the present brings because reason tells me the feeling is just momentary. Overall, I've been happy and peaceful with life as is –my goal is to learn how to keep it this way.

I don't want to think about the past, or the future, as often as I have. I don't want to look at life as a defeatist. After all –it's pointless to think about things that don't exist anymore, and don't exist yet. (Things that are only a possibility, and may never even exist.)

Take for instance what I'm about to write next: I was happiest when I was a child because I was innocent. Here I am, reflecting on my past, as though it's the only solution to being happy. As though knowledge and age have doomed me for life. As if happiness now is merely an illusion.

All sarcasm aside –we frequently talk about the concept of happiness as conditional and limited. Many of us do this because we think we cannot be happy in the present. However, happiness is only short in supply when we allow it to be. Our form of thought can either free us or imprison us.

Pascal's measurement of man, in relation to the present, reminded me of myself. It made me realize how futile it is to base my happiness thinking about things that are not here.

That being said –I don't have the answers to what will give me, or you, the ultimate happiness in the present. Most of the time all we can be is happy-ish. I trust that being modest, and appreciating life as it happens is a start. I also believe that understanding all things end, accepting the uncertain, and, still living courageously in the world are steps to acquiring long-term happiness. I have faith that if we work on ourselves –even if it takes forever –we can begin to understand our purpose. Not in the past; not in the future: now.

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