Surviving Your New Nine-to-Five

If you’re like me, you’re also transitioning from a student to a professional. A big part of this transition is our schedules. Many of us start our days at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. and work until 5 p.m. We are less likely to have the flexibility of skipping or picking our schedules like we did when we were in school. Here are my tips for surviving yourcathryn-lavery-67852.jpg new nine-to-five.

Go to bed early

Try and keep a consistent sleep pattern. This will make getting up a lot easier. It also helps to get up early and eat breakfast without feeling rushed. When you leave little time to get ready, you’ve already set a stressful tone for your morning

Pack a lunch and snacks

I rely on snacks to get me through the day. I always pack fruit and something a little more substantial like a granola bar or yogurt. I also make sure to pack a good lunch. This will help you power through the day. I also recommend preparing your snacks and lunch the night before so you don’t have to worry about it in the morning.

Take your breaks

I guess it’s popular to skip lunch and breaks in the professional world. Don’t! As the Harvard Business Review writes “Parents and teachers will help you balance your life, and you have frequent, built-in breaks to help you recharge. But a job is different.” You are now responsible for yourself. Take care of yourself. This will help prevent burnout


If you sit behind a desk like me, getting up to stretch is crucial. In fact, Time found that “sitting can increase your risk for cancer by more than 60%.” Walk around the office, or stretch at your desk. Time makes some great suggestions for stretches you can do at work.

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2 Responses to Surviving Your New Nine-to-Five

  1. jdulzo says:

    I had come up with many of the same ideas! It’s super weird transitioning into a stationary office environment, especially coming from a flexible college schedule.

  2. This is so true! Snacking healthily is a huge challenge for me in general but I don’t think I’d made it through my work day without it. I usually pack carrots and hummus as well as apples and peanut butter. Yay for meal prepping.

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