Woman shares invaluable tips, empowering others to navigate and thrive in the demanding 9-to-5 workday, fostering well-being.
Even though there is a growing sentiment among the working population to work for fewer hours, many companies continue to insist on working 9-5 which can be exhausting. TikTok user @ellsatthedisco shared a video giving out advice to people for surviving the 40-hour work week. According to her, people who were in these jobs did not have much of a work-life balance. She also mentions how not everybody was fortunate enough to be a full-time content creator and would have to contend with being stuck at work for most of their time.
The woman shares these tips so that people can remain more "sane" during the week. The first thing people can do is to uninstall Microsoft Teams, Slack and official emails off their personal phone. She explains, "If you need access to them outside of working hours, then your company should have no problem in providing you a work phone to do so." The woman points out how people were unaware of the damage that they were doing by constantly checking their official apps similar to social media.
This could lead to people spending a large part of their time thinking about work, which is unnecessary. She shares that the first tip came from personal experience. The woman talks about how she was not a CEO and did not have shares in her company. Therefore, she says, "I have no business to be updated constantly. or checking in on this project and that project." The second tip has to do with punctuality.
She says, "Start on time and leave on time. Your work is gonna be there tomorrow and for the rest of the week." Since most people working a 40-hour week had very limited time outside of work, it did not make any sense to keep working during that time. The woman shares that she would avoid overtime and prioritize making time for herself at the end of a working day. The final tip she has has to do with lunch breaks.
The woman states, "Make sure you're taking your lunch break away from your desk. Just because everyone's eating around you at their desks, doesn't mean to say that you have to." She mentions how her lunch break was not paid for, which meant that there was no need for her to be "chained" to her desk. The woman also clarifies that individuals need not feel pressured to do what their coworkers are doing and instead should do what they feel like. She concludes, saying, "Just make sure that you've reset for the afternoon."
The woman's insights proved to be interesting and people shared their own thoughts about 9-5 jobs in the comments section. @trashwizard96 expressed, "I don’t know how people consistently work 40 hours. I did 32 this week and currently recovering in bed, it’s not a lot to everyone, but it is to me." @lenwcarter pointed out, "If you want some of your time back, aside from what you’ve recommended, get off social media. So much wasted time on social media by people."