Today, for the first time in a looong time, I set my alarm, dragged myself out of bed, took a bus to work, and sat at a desk in front of a computer for 10 straight hours. Man, full-time jobs are crazy!
I forgot to eat breakfast, so my stomach was devouring itself by 11 am, but I was afraid to leave for lunch because I didn’t want to look like a slacker-fatty on my first day. My eyes started burning from staring at the computer screen around 2. By 4, my muscles were tight and achy from sitting still for so long, and by 6:30, I was so sleepy I had to prop my head up with my hands.
I looked around the room at the end of the day, and everyone in the office was still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. No one else needed 12 cups of coffee, no one else had bright red, screen-burned eyeballs. I know I’ll get used to it, but man, I am seriously out of job-shape!
Don’t mistake this for complaining. I’m thrilled to have this job. The staff is smart, the work is fun, this is exactly what I want to be doing with my life. At previous jobs, I felt the guy in Office Space who would dream about massacring the fax machine in slo-mo. This job is cake compared to that.
Still, it’s a tough transition from owning most of my time to being owned by a giant, news-eating superblog. I feel like Godzilla ate my face.
But, in a good way.
Any tips, you crazy 9-to-5ers? What is your secret for success?