How to Fall in Love With Your 9–5

Jordan Mendiola
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Many people dread their 9–5, and I don’t blame them.

It can become a repetitive, mundane process that offers no spontaneity or excitement attached to it. 

Social media flashing glossy lifestyles doesn’t help either. So you work a 9–5, but you’re not completely happy about it. Now what?

1. Appreciate the fact that you have a job

Gratitude can go a long way. Imagine being unemployed without any income and relying on government assistance or someone else to care for you.

That would take a stab at your ego and self-worth, wouldn’t it?

Maybe just a bit.

Not everyone has luck in the job market. Not everyone can sustain a 9–5 because they’re unreliable. Not everyone can survive on their own.

2. Have a kickass morning routine

Waking up at the latest possible moment for you to barely make it into work on time creates a very rushed lifestyle.

Since 9–5 jobs are mostly Monday-Friday, you have five days to do the same process all over again.

Avoid hitting the snooze button and try waking up an hour earlier than usual — and by wake up, I mean get out of bed. 

Starting earlier will allow you to break down any overwhelm that adds stress to your lifestyle. 

This means more time for breakfast, taking your time, and maybe even a few entertaining YouTube videos.

3. Keep your post-work routine exciting

I’ll be the first to admit that coming home from my 9–5 job means knocking out because of a bad night’s rest — but I try not to make it a habit.

Keep in touch with your friends, family, and yourself. Listen to your favorite music on the way home. Catch up on your favorite entertainment for a bit. Hit the gym. Make spontaneous plans—anything to keep you on your toes.

The moment you start feeling comfortable with coming home and having the entire night to yourself is the moment you begin to stagnate. 

Do the inverse of being comfortable and seek discomfort instead.

Final Thought

Some people look forward to their Monday through Friday.

Some people only look forward to their weekends. 

Very few people look forward to every single day.

As long as you find something sustainable for you that allows you to grow, explore, and experiment, you will fall in love with your 9–5.

A job is simply something you do, not something that defines you.

So the next time someone asks you, “how’s work?” you can tell them work is fine and inspire them with what you’re able to accomplish outside of it. 

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