First-jobbers are under a lot of pressure to show that they are capable of keeping up with their more experienced colleagues. On the one hand, you are excited to begin your career and prove your worth; on the other, you are still young and diving in neck-deep in work is not exactly the way to start out your career. If you’re not careful in striking a balance between your job and enjoying yourself, you may soon find yourself burned out and bitter before you even get to the next step in your career.
A good strategy to keep on winning in life is to celebrate small victories by rewarding yourself. Pulled off that presentation deck at the last minute? Survived a harrowing meeting with a difficult client? Celebrate it! Here are five ways you can reward yourself for a job well done.
1. Take yourself out to a nice dinner.
At the end of a busy work week, treat yourself to a meal that does not come with a plastic spoon and fork. After all, you’re officially an adult now! Go to a nice restaurant and pick something you really like from the menu; something that makes your mouth water just thinking about it. Pair it with a glass of wine or two. Do not rush and take your time eating. You’ll find that savoring a delicious meal this way is one of life’s true pleasures.
2. Lose yourself in a hobby.
Don’t fall into the trap most first-jobbers get sucked into: going all-out in the office and neglecting their passions. Set aside time for your hobbies; they provide a welcome change of pace from the demands of your job and will remind you that you’re working to live, not living to work. So go ahead and do what you love doing for the heck of it. Whether it’s playing video games, filling in a coloring book, or riding your bike, hobbies are a great way to relax and get back in touch with yourself.
3. Go on a staycation.
Sometimes, you just have to get away from it all — without really going too far. Staycations are a great way to take the edge out of a stressful work week without breaking the bank; perfect for first-jobbers like you who can’t exactly afford a Tokyo or Hong Kong vacation at a moment’s notice. There’s a lot of affordable hotels in the city where you can forget about work for a weekend. Reward yourself with a well-deserved “me time.” Explore the city and go to places you don’t normally frequent. You’ll be surprised how refreshed you will feel after taking a breather from doing all those presentation decks at work.
4. Do nothing.
Meetings, presentations, brainstorming sessions, working overtime, a lot of first-jobbers feel overwhelmed by the demands of the workplace; and that’s totally fine. It’s normal to feel like there’s not enough hours in a day to do all your work. The trick is not to get burned out too early. One of the best ways to reward yourself after completing your To-Do list? Do nothing. Give yourself the chance to unwind and recharge your batteries. Find a quiet spot, relax, and free your mind for a couple of minutes. Best of all, it’s free.
5. Try some retail therapy and upgrade your lifestyle (responsibly).
Nothing is more rewarding to a first-jobber than spending money you earned yourself. Now that you’re already working, you no longer have to rely on your parents for most of the things you want to buy for yourself. Why not reward yourself with your very own postpaid plan? The Sun Postpaid Best Value Plan 599 is perfect for people like you who work hard and are moving up in the world. It includes everything you could ever want in a postpaid plan: unlimited calls and text to Sun subscribers, SMS allotment to other networks, and 400 MB data allocation — at a price you can definitely afford.
On top of all that, the Sun Postpaid Best Value Plan 599 also comes with a Samsung J1 Mini and a Samsung Tab 3V! That’s right, for just P599 a month, you’ll also get a new smartphone and tablet! It’s not called “Best Value Plan” for nothing!