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5 things I learnt in my first year of work

Today is my final day at my current job and I’m sad to leave although I am really looking forward to the future and my new job (+ the week off in between the two!). Because its my final day I wanted to share with you 5 things that I have learnt over my first year of (full time) work. Technically I have been working on and off since I was 13 but I got my first full time office job a year ago and I have picked up so much in that time. Here are my top 5 tips for your new/current job:

1. ASK FOR HELP

Now sometimes things can get overwhelming and you may feel embarrassed about this. There is nothing to be embarrassed about if you are honest and up front about your issues and ask for help before things get too bad. You’ll feel better for it later, I promise!

2. DRINK MORE WATER

I cannot recommend this enough! I don’t like tea or coffee at all so I struggle to find hot drinks that I like considering I find it really hard to eat/drink dairy. To combat that I keep a big bottle of water in the fridge at work at all times because super cold water is my favourite and if I know the water is cold then I’m more interested in drinking it. If I don’t drink enough I get really bad headaches so I really need to make sure that I manage this each day.

 

3. TAKE A FULL LUNCH BREAK

Now this is an odd one but I wholeheartedly recommend taking a full lunch break in order to really reset your mind and get it ready to go again all afternoon. I like to take a walk up and down the local high street during my lunch break in order to really switch off for an hour ready to start again come 1pm.

4. KEEP A RUNNING TO DO LIST

I really recommend keeping a running to do list so that you know exactly what you need to do, and when it needs to be done by. I like to keep mine either in a notebook and yearlt diary. Sometimes, I even combine the two! I find it really hand to keep a running to list because I tick things off when they get done and then can add extra points to the list if I need to instead of jotting things down on old receipts and binning them at the end of the day.

5. REDUCE YOUR SNACKING

By all means snack on fruit and vegetables whenever you want but I (and my colleagues) have developed a bit of a relationship with the biscuit tin and I can already notice some slight weight gain and sugar highs and lows throughout the day. I need to tackle this one big time and train myself to drink a bottle of water rather than snack. I’ll keep you posted on how I get on with this goal.

So, those are the top five things that I have learnt over my first year of full time work. What are your top tips for working full time?

Thanks for reading,

Ellie xox

 

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