Monday, October 6, 2014

What I Learned from Almost Six Months of Temping


#IQuit #ScrewtheNinetoFive

Friday, September, 26, 2014, was my last day working at my 9 to 5 temp job. I worked there just under six months (179 days if you care to count). In a way- temping brought me back to life. I don't talk about it much but in 2013 I was slumping into a bit of a depression. In 2014 I was starting to come out of that depression because I started a fun new gig and was forming plans for more new gigs, but my lack of income was still plaguing me.

In February I signed up with a local temp agency and in March I got a call that I would be a receptionist for a furniture dealer in Tampa. Interestingly enough as soon as I started working there I began getting call backs for my true passion- writing and photography. Then, about 3 months into working there I got lucky enough to fly to California for a blogging conference and make even more connections for more possible gigs. Before I knew it I was getting so many calls to write and take pictures that I found myself struggling to get up in the mornings because I was staying up late working on my real job. The final clue that it was time to leave my temp job came when I got offered a writing gig that would basically replace my temp job income...so of course- I took it! Now, I'm a little scared because I was starting to get used to a steady check but I'm hopeful that more good things are coming and that I won't ever have to go back to a nine to five style job ever again.

Okay- so that is the back story and now, here are a few things I learned from almost six months of temping:

1. Change can be a good thing. Just the act of forcing myself out of the house brought so much more pep to my step. I may be able to work from home again- but I'm trying not to. Instead I'm working in coffee houses, the library, my husband's office, anywhere with Wi-Fi honestly. I've learned that I just get too lazy and unproductive when I'm at home.

2. Sleep is crucial for me. My husband can sleep two to four hours and then work an eight hour day, but I NEED a full eight hours or things get weird. I get overly emotional, spacey, extra A.D.D., it's just no beuno!

3. I need to be around people. I think one of the best things about the temp job was being around people. As cheesy as this is going to sound, it took me being around people for six months to realize just how lonely I've let myself get. I've only been out of the job for over a week and I've already had a lunch with a fellow writer, scheduled a dinner with another and reached out to a blogging group to see if we can organize a get together. I think my need for being around people is part of why I haven't let myself stay home to work even though I can...

4. I do best with a schedule and a to-do list. I never realized just how A.D.D. I am until I was forced to set priorities and schedule my assignments. It's amazing how much work I can get done in limited increments and now that I have nothing but time I'm trying to force myself to continue sticking to a schedule. Somehow making up fake deadlines and appointments is helping me complete stuff that I need to get done.

5. I can't stand a nine to five job. LOL! Okay, this one probably came off meaner than I meant for it to, but I'm a soooooooooooooo not a nine to five chick. Yes, I learned I need structure and scheduling, but I also realized just how much I need the flexibility to move appointments and assignments around for whatever reason. I love the freedom of being able to set my own hours and do what I want when I want as long as deadlines are met.

Photo courtesy of Hubspot

28 comments:

  1. I can't stand a 9-5 job either, but I do think it's a great experience that everyone should go through. I found that I like working the midnight shift most often (you make more money too!) but since I am a SAHM that doesn't really work anymore. Great post! Glad you are getting to do what you love! That is most important in life.

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    1. Doing what you love is so important. It makes me sad to think of how many people aren't doing what they love. My father-in-law said this and it has stuck with me and inspired me for years- find something you love to do, that you are good at and that people will pay for and you will always find happiness. I'm working on that every day now!

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  2. I hate the 9-5 too. It was only being home on mat leave that made me realize how much I loathe the idea of going back. Don't get me wrong, I love to be busy and I keep that way during the day but I can't stand someone else's business/needs/monetary gain taking precedence over time with my children.

    Sleepwise thoughh, I'm like the hubby :P

    Glad to hear you're not feeling depressed anymore!!!

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    1. I'm glad the experience pulled me out of my funk too!

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  3. haha yes! Sounds like some important lessons :-) Always learning right?

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  4. I always have to have a to do list.

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    1. I get such a kick out of crossing things off my to do list. It makes me feel so productive. LOL! :D

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  5. I agree with the need to be around people! And yet... ;) My TODO is a mile long- but crossing it out throughout the day- FAB!

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    1. thanks for stopping by the blog and dropping a comment :)
      yay for the ToDONE list :)

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  6. I still have to have a list and I am retired. I took an early retirement due to failed back surgery and if I don't have a list in front of me, I can't focus.

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    1. I hear ya on that. Gotta have a list to focus!

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  7. I temped many years ago and didn't like it at all. I actually like working by myself and I don't really need to be around people all the time.

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    1. Yep- I wish I could say I don't like being around people but I NEED people... I'm kind of like Jerry McGuire in that sense I suppose. haha

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  8. I can totally relate to your post! I don't think I can handle a 9-5 job anymore! I resigned 6 years ago.. and making the best out of little blogging I do and having so much fun with my girls. Thanks to blogging, I don't feel depressed anymore :)

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    1. I love blogging too! It is by far my most favorite job I have EVER had!!!

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  9. I used to work as a receptionist & it had to have been hands down the worst job ever! Working with an office full of women on a constant diet was just...yea, you get it.

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    1. LOL! Yes, diet is a four letter word! I have to say I didn't mind the job and I LOVED the people I worked with, I just knew that in that job my dreams couldn't come true...

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  10. I love to write as well and totally understand what you mean about the normal 9-5. keep up the good work

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    1. thanks :) Will do! I don't ever want a 9 to 5 again LOL

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  11. I haven't worked a nine to five job since 2011. However, I currently work from home and it can get very lonely.

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    1. yes! it can get very lonely. That's why I'm trying to go to networking events and hang out with people as much as possible!

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  12. Sometimes I miss the 9-5. I agree with Victoria, it can get lonely working out of the house. BUT, I enjoy the freedom of being in charge of my work day even more :)

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  13. Great things to learn about yourself! And I can relate with most of them. It's good to know yourself because now you can really plan what you want to do!

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    1. My plans just keep growing as I get more clear on what I really want out of life. :)

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  14. Very inspiring! I am always ready on what I do, plan on it and everything will come smooth

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    1. I'm planning fast and furiously :) Thanks for your comment!

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