With 40-hour workweeks and long commutes it’s easy to forget that I’m still in college. After a stressful day of completing projects and meeting deadlines all I find myself wanting to do is relax in bed and binge watch Netflix—and sometimes that’s exactly what I end up doing. A couple days and a few seasons of Friends later I found myself wondering why I was sitting in bed rather than living up my last few weeks of college to the best of my ability.
Yes, I am a young professional and building a career comes first but I’ve come to realize that while putting forth my best effort at work is a priority, there’s no reason why my social life should suffer.
So here are few things that it took me almost a month to realize:
Stay on top of things at work.
If you stay organized and efficient at work you won’t feel the stress of the next work day hanging over your head when you get home. Always put 110% into your work day. Being proud of the work you are producing makes it so much easier to enjoy your time off.
Here are some tips on being effective in the workplace.
Go to happy hour.
Yes, you’re exhausted but I guarantee that you won’t regret going out for that drink with a friend or coworker after work. Chances are it will be good for your stress level and your sanity.
You are young.
I am 21 years old. And regardless of how it feels at times, that is young. It’s so easy to forget amidst all the stress and the work that goes into figuring out my future that I’m still in college. You will have 35 some-odd years to be a working professional but only a few more weeks to be college student.
Being both in college and in the workplace, it all comes down to finding balance.
So enjoy being young now because as cliché as it sounds, you really are only this young once.