Finally, you have employed! You will do those office-y things. I know, at first, it is magical. The joy of the first week in your office job, it feels like something unreal. The joy of monthly paycheck and day-off seems promising. Eventually, reality starts to poke its head up over your cubicle wall. You’re dreaming about excel formulas, getting late-afternoon headaches, and your coffee budget is out of control.
Here is what you need to know to not just how to survive on your first-week office job, but to create habits that will help you stay healthy, be more productive, and enjoy your work more – throughout your career.
Move your body!
It is a common thing that your energy will go down after doing a desk job. That is why you really need to move your body. Do some things that are not related to staring-at-monitors for a while. If you can, walk, or bike to work and back – it is great for both your body and your mind. If not, find another form of exercise you like and do it. Then stretch and move throughout the day. It will make a big difference in how you feel when it’s time to go home (and in thirty years).
Find a friend
Some people will tell you that work is for work, and life happens during the rest of your day. A) This is incredibly sad, given how much time we spend at work during our lives; and B) Having friends at work is actually good for you and your employer.
Pack your lunch. But treat yourself occasionally
If you are eating out every day, the costs will add up fast. Save some money and commit to bringing lunch from home at least four days a week.
Make and stick to a budget
The perfect time to create a budget is when you are just starting a new job and aren’t yet used to the increased income (or now). There are lots of online tools for creating and tracking your budget, but a good place to start is the 50/30/20 rule: spend no more than 50% of your after-tax income on things you need, no more than 30% on stuff you want, and at least 20% should go to savings or debt reduction.
Take time for yourself and life outside of the office
It is really easy to stay late at work every night, hoping to make a good impression. In some company cultures, it is necessary. Otherwise, you’ll be better served by taking the time to relax and enjoy something you love. And don’t check your work email when you’re done for the day. Recharge, then do truly amazing work during business hours.
Show your presentation skill in meeting
The meeting is an opportunity to show you skills, especially your presentation skill. Everyone in your team may have the same skill, but you can show that you have more. Polish your presentation slide with a well-designed template to impress your manager. How? Check this article on how to make your own presentation slide design.
Don’t stare at your screen all day
Avoid eyestrain by shifting your focus every 20 minutes to something about 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds. You can also give your brain a rest by doing some of your work – like brainstorming, planning, and drafting – on paper.
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