Adjusting to a full-time work schedule can take some time.

Adjusting to a full-time work schedule can take some time.

Making the jump from part-time to a 40-hour work week can be difficult, especially if this is your first time in a full-time position.  If you are transitioning to full-time, consider implementing these tips into your daily routine:

  • Stay organized: Get an agenda book to keep track of meetings, schedules and events. This will help you stay organized.
  • Sleep regularly: Make sure to get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night.  And stop hitting the snooze button!
  • Plan ahead: Mornings can be hectic.  Lay out your clothes, plan your meals and gather everything you need to take to work the night before so you avoid a panicked morning rush.
  • Stay active: Working 40 hours a week can be tiring, but don’t let that discourage you from working out.  It’s important to exercise in order to remain energized and relieve stress.  Whether you hit the gym after work, or take a walk during your lunch break, or remember to leave your desk a few times a day, taking time to focus on your health and well-being will make you feel better in the long run.
  • Try to stay late or go in early: At least once a week, it’s a good idea to either stay late (if you’re allowed) or arrive a few minutes early to organize your workspace, respond to emails and catch up with your work.  This also shows your boss that you’re a dedicated worker!
  • Eat Breakfast: The point of breakfast is to break the fast since your last meal.  Don’t deny your body the energy and nutrients it needs, especially if you’re running off to a 12-hour work day.  Arriving at work hungry can hinder your focus, slow your metabolism and leave you feeling like you have a case of the Mondays.
  • Schedule time for yourself: Working 40 hours a week Monday through Friday can sometimes begin to feel monotonous.  Make sure to schedule some time for yourself outside of work, whether that be running errands on the weekend, reading, playing sports or watching television.  It’s important to keep up with your favorite hobbies to give you something to look forward to after the workday.