Upgrade Your Routine
When life moves on to a new chapter, the first thing that goes out the window will often be any element of routine. The excitement of change, the socialising with new colleagues and the exhaustion of a new focus and task that lies ahead often mean that a balanced diet and exercise routine are switched out for coffee and canapés.
After studying for 19 years of my life, having chosen a four-year degree before deciding to convert to law, I have finally entered the real world of work. I have an office to be present at every day, extensive training to attend and a minefield of information to digest! One thing I have found key, however, has been to try – even in the smallest ways – to maintain some level of normality and stability in my everyday life.
While I am still in the very early days, here are a couple of tips relating to how to try and adjust which will help in order not to be overwhelmed by change!
As a girl who is notoriously late for social events, getting to the office in good time has been a shock to the system. However, I have found that one major help has been planning work outfits a day or two ahead. This means every morning I don’t have to spend ten minutes browsing my wardrobe, but throw on the outfit (which is clean and ironed ahead) to head out of the door.
It may sound obvious, but I find that failing to have breakfast – and a good one at that – sets the day up to be tiring and slow. I have found that overnight oats are ideal for prepping in the evening which again saves precious time in the morning. And for those days where prep just doesn’t happen, I have made a point of finding food outlets near to the office which serves healthy and filling breakfasts.
Create a capsule of key items
Running around across London means that every day is a whirlwind and trying to look presentable can often be a sizeable challenge! Therefore choosing your critical items that will transform you from out-of-bed to ready-to-go can be a life saver. I have my hairbrush, five save-the-day items of make-up and my bank cards which do not leave my side. Even on the worst day, throwing on some make-up and polishing my hair will brighten my spirits and set me up for a new day.
Finally, don’t forget to breathe!
Pause and reflect on the current moment when you get a chance. It will give you a new burst of energy to go forward.