Thursday, August 7, 2014

Adjustment



Adjusting to change is tricky. You get some news and you prepare like heck for whatever change is going on in your life and you think you're ready. Then out of left field, this thing you aren't even anticipating comes and knocks you all out of whack and that, my friends, is exactly how I feel today.

Let me back up a little, and explain myself better. You all know by now that I've had a recent position change at work and now, instead of working three to four 12-hour shifts throughout the week (and weekends) I am now working a good ole Monday through Friday 9-5 like the other 90% of working Americans (I made that statistic up). I thought it would be great! I thought I would love having every single weekend to to whatever I pleased and that I would get off work and come home to cook dinner and relax with my boyfriend. 

I didn't think I would miss the random Tuesday I had to myself to go grocery shopping or lay by the pool. I didn't think I'd miss those Thursdays off to catch up on laundry/dishes/general housework while having a Harry Potter marathon. I thought - this is what everyone does, it can't be too hard! Well my friends, it ain't easy. I've got a pile of (clean) laundry up to my ears because I can't find the time to put it away. More times than not, my dinner has consisted of mac and cheese or a pop tart or chips and salsa than a home-cooked meal because I'm so exhausted after work to cook anything too great. Not to mention the neglect I've been giving this blog.

Believe me, I know I sound like some huge nag right now and you're probably telling me to suck it up and get over it, which is basically what I've been telling myself over the last week. I'm working on it. I'm working on adjusting my routines and I'm working on saying goodbye to those Wednesday afternoons reading books at my leisure and saying hello to spending weekends with my friends and loved ones and not being on my feet for 12+ hours a day. 

33 comments:

Jay T said...

I know exactly what you mean. For a while after college I worked random hours and had days off during the week to do whatever I wanted, but now that I have a regular working schedule it's HARD to get things done! And I don't want to spend all weekend catching up on chores, but in the evenings I'm tired and I don't feel like unloading the dishwasher or folding laundry. If you figure out the secret to wanting to cook dinner and things like that, let me know. Otherwise I'll just be over here empathizing with you and wanting to share a pop tart (the s'mores kind).

Kay said...

No, I completely understand where you're coming from! During the school year I work for college athletics, so I'm constantly working weekends and nights for events and games, then summer comes and I'm back to just a normal M-F 9-5 and it is always hard to adjust back to that schedule! Even though I mostly love it! Sometimes having a Monday off work because you worked all weekend is the greatest and I miss it sometimes! So I totally understand and don't worry, you will adjust!

Cece said...

You may have been working longer hours but on days you work your day is 'ruined' anyway!! Now you've lost 1-2 extra days per week that used to be free days so that is going to sting. You will adjust. We all do!! : ) I do love having weekends off so I'm not sure what I would do if given the choice of less days of work but now weekends.

Tracie Everyday said...

It def does take time to adjust! Working in schools, I get my summers off and I am always the same for the months of Aug... especially the laundry and grocery shopping. Tuesday at 11am is the best time to grocery shop!

Mississippi Mrs. said...

Bless your heart. It does take some adjusting. But you do what you have time for and relax when you can. I always have clean laundry waiting, HA!

Tami said...

Adjusting to a 9-5 IS hard, like when do people get their errands done? Bank, post office, dry cleaners, all things only open during normal business hours?

Amy @The Crazy Wise Woman said...

I would kill for a random weekday off. I used to get that at my last job. Makes a ton of difference for some reason. But you will adjust sadly like the rest of us:)My clean clothes pile is ridiculous!!!

Fairy Princess Jord said...

I am the world's worst adjuster, it's always really difficult for me. Just hang in there it will get better I promise!!!

Fairy Princess Jord said...

I am the world's worst adjuster, it's always really difficult for me. Just hang in there it will get better I promise!!!

Girl Brooks said...

Adjusting is hard, no matter what anyone says. It's something that takes time, you'll get the hang of it. And when you do, we'll go celebrate!

Destiny said...

I understand that so much. Adjusting is HARD! But it will get better! With time it will get easier but it will take some time to get used to everything.

the Florkens said...

Yeah, that's hard. I totally get it. Hell, I've been working 8-6 (typically with lunch at my desk) for nearly a year now and I STILL am not completely used to it. It is time consuming and draining and I imagine it would be even-more-so if I was used to random Wednesdays by the pool! Hang in there girl! Hoping you get into the swing of things before too long!

-Kate
www.theflorkens.com

The Rachael Way said...

YES! As you know, I'm getting ready for a huge change and I"m scared shitless. But you're totally right, I just have to jump right in. Thank you for speaking the words my soul needed to hear!

Casey Aslan said...

Totally get this! I did 8's at first but had to almost immediately switch back to 12's! Too much and nothing around the house ever got done.

Jess said...

I'm about to start this transition too. And I'm not too thrilled about it. I thought I would...but right now, I'm just not excited at all. Here's to hoping that all changes and I get excited. I like change, it can be good! And I have been anxious for something new.

Samantha @ Life is But a Stream of Thoughts said...

Give it some time and you'll adjust! You can do it! I think the first couple of weeks are just hard because they really throw you a curveball, but it helps to remember that you had to adjust to your previous situation as well.

Caitlin G said...

I completely understand you, girl! It is so tiring to come home after work and make dinner. My schedule was adjusted a couple of weeks in a row to come into work late and I got SO much done in the morning before work. Clothes, cleaning, etc.! The 8-5 life is HARD.

Sarah's Spiel said...

I've been working 8-5 for 3 years and if you figure out the secret let me know. I still have laundry piled up every where on a regular basis... and cooking? If I don't plan exactly what we're eating through the week... nothing gets cooked. I'm still trying to convince Roland to let me go part time and just work 8-12. That would be magical.

Lisa @ Two Martinis said...

The 9-5 schedule can be overrated for sure! When the days go by fast, it seems worth it, but who wants to work 5 days per week?!

Cassie Lee @ Sage the Blog said...

9-5 is rough! I'm a graduate student so I work all sorts of hours but I can totally relate. A good friend of mine is a nurse and just had the same switch and she's also having a hard time but you will get used to it with time!

The Jessa Olson Blog said...

I actually miss the 9-5. I have random hours but I'm at work no later than 630pm, so i can't really complain. You'll get use to it hopefully.

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