When I see someone on social media talk about how happy they are it’s Friday. You know, #TGIF, #FridayFeel, #ItsTheWeekend?
No. Just no. Please. Stop it.
You know whyyyy I hate this?
Because I work in retail. Which means my Friday feeling is usually full of dread, as I approach the busiest days of the week and hope I’ll have time for lunch.
I’m just bitter and selfish and mean and unreasonable, okay?
While everyone else is snapchatting photos of their Saturday morning bunch, I’ve already been at work for 5 hours and I’m feeling a bit sick from all the coffee I’ve drank, trying to remember what freedom feels like.
Most of my friends have 9-5 jobs. There are times it can suck and I’m left feeling out of sync with the rest of the world. Honestly, there are some times where I feel really rubbish about it as I feel like I’m always missing out while my friends get to have alllllll the fun.
Some of the worst things about working shifts in retail:
- I miss out on so many blog events because they’re either a Saturday, or they’re on an evening when I’m working or have to be at work at 6am the next day.
- Sometimes I have to be at work at 6am. Yawn.
- Other days, I have to work until 10pm.
- The above two mean my sleep pattern is screwed.
- Trying to arrange social events is a pain when you don’t know future shifts.
- I have to book time off way in advance for things like weddings or family parties.
- It’s hard to stay in a consistent workout routine.
- It’s really easy to eat too much or too little depending on shift patterns!
- There are so many people. I am allergic to people.
- It’s depressing when people ask what you’re up to this bank holiday weekend.
But then again, there are some advantages to working shift patterns and having days off midweek. You often hear about how people are fed-up or stuck in rut because they feel trapped in an office job, where they sit in front of a computer screen all day.
I often think about trying to get an 9-5 job. But there are a few things that stop me – and not just that the only management experience I have is within retail.
- I often rack up 10k steps on my Fitbit during work!
- I can use the gym when it’s not as busy.
- Weekday supermarket trips are much more chill than evening or weekend ones!
- I sometimes get to finish at 3pm and feel like I have a day ahead of me.
- I don’t spend much time in an office getting restless.
- We have computers you can stand up and use.
- There’s a degree of flexibility, where I can request a certain day off or shift if needed.
- No week is ever the same.
- Your Wednesday humpday might be my day off!
- Can take my lunch when I want.
I think the biggest thing is the activity levels. I’m an active person already, but I love getting in those extra steps at work. When I’m not at work, the only activity I usually do is the gym. I’d worry about gaining weight, or eating more if I was in an office environment.
Everything is just so fast paced where I work, and there’s no better feeling than my Fitbit vibrating to say I’ve hit my step goal and it’s only half way through the day!
When I first started this post, I thought it was going to be a massive rant about how much I hate retail life – but thanks, Furniture At Work , for asking me to write this – I now feel like I appreciate my job a bit more.
Though that doesn’t mean I’ve changed my mind about the #FridayFeeling posts and memes. They still suck.