This week I started a new part-time research job in D.C.
Just kidding, I like it a lot so far. I’ll be splitting my time between working in the District and Charlottesville, which I kind of like. It gets me out of the small town and into the city, but I can still hang out in the ‘Ville over the summer, when there is so much to do!
Although I’ve been working as a research assistant in Charlottesville, this new job requires me to commute in and work at a desk all day. It’s been 3 years since I worked a desk job and let me tell you, it takes getting used to! I’m not even sure I’m cut out for a desk job and that’s probably the reason why I used to teach high school instead (which is exhausting in a different way). But it is nice to have a change of scenery and to feel like I am back in the “working world” again.
Need to spruce up my desk area! And you see that? My eyesight is fading from all this reading, writing, and work. That stuff can damage your health! 😉
The hardest part so far? Getting up early and having a set schedule. The beauty of being in the dissertation stage so far has been setting my own schedule (which usually means sleeping in until 10am…or later sometimes 😉 ) Now, I need to get up around 7 a few days a week to commute in on the Metro from Alexandria to the District. This requires a lot of coffee. A LOT.
Which is funny because I gave up coffee for 10 years after college and only recently started drinking it again.
At least I have time to read some blogs for a few minutes before I get to work!
Another strategy that has always helped me stay energized while having to work a “desk” job? Working out during lunchtime. During my last year in Boston, when I worked for a non-profit organization downtown, I used to go everyday at lunchtime to the Boston Sports Club down the street. I would run for a bit and then take a class. Then I would eat my lunch at my desk when I got back. It definitely helped to keep me feeling energized and kept the dreaded afternoon “slump” away (I get the worst slump!).
So I’m planning on doing the same thing here in D.C. too. There is a gym a few blocks from my office (and another one in the same chain I can use 2 minutes from where I am living) and I have a free 3-day trial. I know I’m going to end up joining anyways but I’m going to take the 3 free days because, well, they’re free!
I sort of hate having to join new gyms, not because of the cost (which is high), but because I get so attached to certain machines and workout environments that I find it hard to adjust and get good workouts in a new place. I just don’t do well with change I suppose. Also, I hate it when the machines are facing the wall (and have an attached TV…I know, I’m crazy). Who wants to run for an hour facing a wall? Seriously?! I like to have it facing the rest of the gym so that I can people watch. And we all know how protective I am of MY treadmill at my gym in Cville 😉
P.S. something really cool happened while I was at work today. I saw the space shuttle being brought into D.C. from our office window 🙂
How early do you need to be in to work?
Are you a morning/afternoon/evening person?
–I’m a night owl all the way baby!!! I remember my professors in college and grad school who had me in more than one class (once in the morning and once in the afternoon) saying that I was like a different person. I’m just one of those people who doesn’t like to talk in the morning (again, a reason why I decided not to teach anymore)
Like/Love or hate coffee? Tea?
AND…if by chance you enjoy running on a treadmill that faces a wall please tell me how you do it!!!! 😉