I’m convinced our brains and bodies drastically change after college.
We spend more time physically on the job as opposed to in hour-long classes dispersed through the week. Work also requires a lot more critical thinking and problem-solving skills than my college courses did.
By 6 p.m., I’m drained!
I have never craved an early bedtime as much as I do now. Ironically, now is the stage in my life when I have to hustle pretty hard to get the ball rolling, career-wise.
Even on my best day, after I’ve used all the time management tricks up my sleeve, I have to pull an all-nighter. Or at least try to. Here’s a rundown of how this usually play out now that I’ve graduated from college:
- First, inventory: Computer? Check. Gmail inbox finally empty? Check! To-do list open? Check. Gallon of sweet tea? Got it! Let’s do this!!
- Spend 30 minutes trying to find a Spotify playlist that won’t put me to sleep.
- Hmmm, according to the sleepytime website, if I finish all of this by 3 a.m., I can fit in three solid REM cycles before work in the morning. I’ll be fine. I will be fine.
- 2 hours of productivity, assess progress.
- Wow. Um. I’m not anywhere near done with the first thing on my to-do list. This will take a while. I don’t have a while. I got work in the morning, dangit! I got bills to pay!
- “Sorry—the program quit unexpectedly.” NO IT DIDN’T, MACBOOK, YOU DID THAT ON PURPOSE, DIDN’T YOU?!?
- I can’t do this. Was I ever able to do this? Why did I try to do this?
- Let me text my friend for encouragement. She’s in engineering school. She’s definitely awake right now.
- Oh … looks like she’s going to bed, according to her Facebook status. Welp.
- Maybe if I just take a little baby nap on the couch … I’ll be OK … I won’t be able to sleep very long. It’s the cheapest couch at IKEA, after all. Not comfortable in the slightest. Right?
- My hips really hurt from sleeping on this couch, but … I just can’t open my eyes right now.
- How is it 7 a.m.? How long was my baby nap?
- Has mini breakdown.
- Guess I’ll hop in the shower now.
Have you pulled any all-nighters since you graduated college and started working? Did you succeed or epically fail? Please tell me I’m not the only one …