I hope everyone has had a great week so far. 🙂
I’ll give you a little background on what that transition was like for me. When I turned 25 I was slightly panicked because I really needed a full-time job because in about a year or so I would be taken off of my parent’s insurance. Luckily I was working for Safeway at the time and they offer health insurance and benefits if you work 24 hours (3 8 hour shifts) a week which I was so I was fine in that way but I really craved the pay, the stability and the consistency of a full-time job.
My former roommate and friend Samantha has a full-time job as a production coordinator and I envied the fact that she could shut off on the weekends. She was out socializing, going out with her friends, running errands, and once in a while taking it easy. At the time I was working three jobs and did not have 1 day off during the week which was really hard. I loved the idea of having two whole days to myself which I hadn’t had since I was 17.
When I started teaching full-time it was hard at first. Teaching preschool is a non-stop job. You are moving all day and it is very busy. The first couple of months I would come home and I did not want to do anything. I felt so exhausted when I got home I would often just plop in front of the couch for the rest of the evening.
I have enjoyed having my weekends off but even that has been an adjustment- the weekend goes so fast! I have also found that I have to make sure I go grocery shopping and do laundry during the weekend otherwise the week is just not fun if I’m not prepared. I need one day during the weekend where for at least for half of the day I have no set plans and can kind of reset and recharge for the work week.
Here is a list of things that change once you go from working part-time to full-time hours.
1) You run errands at the same time as everyone else!
I remember the first couple of weeks I started running my errands after work I got very irritated at how busy it was all the time. Then it dawned on me that I had never had normal 9 to 5 hours like the rest of the world. Before working full-time I worked all kinds of hours and would often run errands on a random Monday morning off and the bank, the grocery store, and the mall would be mellow and quiet. Now I must plan my life a little differently. I absolutely hate crowds and busy parking lots and seriously dislike running errands after work so now I go grocery shopping on Saturday nights. This proves to be a mellow time for the grocery store and I usually get everything done within an hour. I also go to the bank and the mall in the early afternoon during the weekends and normally (unless it is a holiday) it is not that busy.
2) Having a Social Life is a Little More Challenging
When I worked part-time I was always very, very busy but somehow working in time for my friends was not that difficult. Now going out with my friends is a little more challenging because during the week I try not to make plans as I have work the next morning and on the weekends I try not to over schedule myself. It’s a challenge. If I have more than 2 social things on the weekend I feel burnt out. I am one of those people that needs time to be by myself to feel rested so if I over do it on the socializing I get burnt out.
3) Having Activities Outside of Work Can Also Be a Bit More Challenging
I am the queen of overdoing it and I am really trying to work on that. I do not need to be Superwoman! I do not need to teach Sunday school, take a college class, take a dance class, be in a small group at church, work out 7 days a week, and blog three times a week. That is team too much! What I am working on is not taking on too many commitments and striving to find a balance. Right now I’m working on adding 1 to 2 things to my schedule at a time. I also don’t want to overload myself with too many things at once.
Overall I love my job but in order to find that balance I have to have limits when it comes to my social life, my extra activities outside of work, and running errands. It is all about getting that flow.