As a full-time employee, you may have already come to terms that you won’t be getting the most out of your summer time. Because you’re working a set amount of hours, for a set amount of days, there will be those days where you’re friends are out on a picnic or at the beach while you’re stuck in the office. However as a full-time employee you are in the office so many hours per year; which means you may not have as much free-time as the casual or freelance workers but you will definitely have time off, make more money and appreciate the time you get much more. We can be tempted to chalk up the cost of being a full-time employee by using our time off to merely relax, but let’s look at some ways you can make the most of your time off.
Early to Rise
The first good habit you can train in preparation of summer is getting up earlier. In winter it’s not unusual to drag out every last minute of sleep you can get, hitting that snooze enough to break your wrist but full-time employee or not, the benefits of getting up an hour early far out way those of getting up at the last minute. Not only is your day ruined because you have to rush around, but you’ll miss a golden opportunity for a good breakfast outside in the sun.
Saying No to Overtime
There are certain rights a full-time employee needs to gift themselves; the right to say no to overtime is one of them. In winter, it might not be a bad idea to take some overtime because chances are your office is warmer than it is out there; in summer you’re only giving up valuable time that could be spent having fun for a few extra bucks. If you don’t get out and have some fun in summer, you’ll almost definitely become the victim of burnout. As a full-time employee you have entitlement to a holiday, don’t deny that for yourself.
Get Out on the Weekend
Sometimes we tend to take the definition of full-time employee to heart and vegetate on the weekends because of how tired the week makes us. Avoid this, you deserve to go out and make the weekend count. Of course you can tone it down for Sunday in preparation for the new week, but you have no excuse to not let loose and go wild on Friday and Saturday. Don’t let being a full-time employee cost you your weekend, especially in summer.
As a full-time employee, your lifestyle is very different to those of freelancers, students and part-time workers but these differences come with benefits of their own, make the most of them.
Eugene Calvini is a writer and a unique brand of career consultant having travelled from office space Doha to Rio De Janeiro as well as many more exotic locations; he enjoys sharing his experiences.