For those who go to office, they know what importance Being On Time holds. For the freshers it is one of the hardest phase of their life. Freshly brewed out of college it takes time for them to mould in the office cubicles.
College, one can say is the official time of your life where you can take anything and everything for granted. From one’s sleep routines to study routines. From mess’s messy food to the outside oily junk food. We have it all and our stomach gets accustomed after some time. You have the pocket-money from your parents too.(who BTW have no idea where the money is spent on) and you feel like the king of the world. Isn’t it?
Attendance is no big deal. There is two kind of categories in this. Either you are the one who never bunks class and gives proxy for your friends OR you’re the one who makes your friend give your proxy. The professor can never figure out who is who and might wonder if he is suffering from total identification loss. I personally did not bunk a lot but was always in for a mass bunk. The feeling of joy and conquer was unbeatable after a mass bunk was successfully implemented. Have you ever initiated a mass bunk and felt like a true leader? The feeling is worth the bunk. Isn’t it?
Semester exams have no relevance in your life unless you’re the first bencher. Which also means you’re the studious kind. Which also means you’re the teachers favorite student. Which also means that you’re the last one to ask doubts after the bell has rang. Which also means you get the maximum looks of hatred from your fellow mates for doing this. Basically you’re the worst example set for your fellow students who of course do not have the above traits. I was definitely not a first bencher but call it my fate I would find myself in the first seat just in front of the invigilator during exams. (Not by choice of course. Damn my cool name and my stupid Roll number). Have you been the victim of the same or were you a first bencher by default? I promise I will not judge you.
This brings me to the initial topic of this post. Just when life seems like a bed of roses, you get placed and BOOM you have to be a role model for other members with respect to punctuality(LOL) and Professionalism. For someone whose whole life has revolved around passing time and sleeping, now they have to choose between sleep and work. Of course they have to choose work. After all that is why they studied in the first place. Right? (Yeah sure)
In an attempt to fit in ,you become more responsible which is a good thing for sure but that doesn’t mean you have to kill the child inside you. Remember how much fun used to have before marrying your work? You looked much younger. Much happier.
I am sure if you play a little bit in your work your delivery won’t be impacted. (Unfortunately many work culture does not support it.) Thankfully mine does. In my free time I can play tennis, carrom , badminton and chess in the recreational room. Apart from that there is even a gym room which is often converted into a dance room. I do not belive in all Work but I do believe in all work and a bit of play.
Let me know how you manage your life with 9 to 6 work. How did you feel in your first job? Did you feel lost in all the serious faces. Also did you find it hard to maintain timings in your first job? I was one of those over enthusiastic maniacs. Maniacs because while no senior followed this rule I would be there in office by 9 AM . Now I am one of the senior and I am still a maniac. Sadly :X Trying hard to lead a normal life. It’s not like I follow all the rules. I do come late sometimes. But habits die-hard. Sigh!!!
PS: It is very important not to mix profesional and personal life. You don’t want to end up being a Jack after all. You don’t want to miss out on all the fun. I try and complete my work in office itself so I don’t need to carry it to my home. Of course issues can come any moment and the next thing you know, you’re working late or working from your home. But other than those situations, it’s really important to draw the line. That’s how you Live, Work, Chill, Sleep, Repeat.
For all the maniacs and future maniacs,
I Heart You All <3