Surviving The Morning Shift

I took a day off from blogging to catch up on some much needed zzz’s and to refresh my mind for some new content. Well I’m back and thought I’d share how I survive the morning shift. This may be retail edition but you can try to apply these to any position. Morning shift in this post means before 9 am.

I love retail, can’t you tell

I love retail, can’t you tell

In a previous post, I talked about how I hate working retail and part of that is because of my work hours. I work from 6am-1pm. Now a lot of people say that I’m lucky, which in part is true, but they forget the struggle I have every morning ( I honestly forgot what it’s like to wake up for a 9am shift). There is no such thing as hitting the snooze button on your alarm, if you don’t get up exactly when you need to, you’re going to be late. I do want to say that I consider myself a morning person..just not when I have to go to work. I wake up at 5am and am out the door by 5:30am, arriving to work around 5:50am most days. Now first and foremost, I DO NOT like small talk early in the morning. I say a quick goodmorning to everyone and am off by myself. Now here’s what I do to survive those early mornings.

First tip, staying alone. I need time to warm up if you will, and like to stay away from most people for the first few hours. Now I’m lucky that I have 3 hours before the store opens to customers, and on top of that I work a majority of the time alone in the stockroom. Most people who are in the store hours before opening have a similar job to me so this is highly possible to do. Sorry to cashiers and customer service (not really, you can sleep in late).

Not a person in sight

Not a person in sight

Second tip, (if possible) listen to music. I just started doing this about a month ago and it has definitely helped a lot. I bring a pair of old headphones (in case someone steals them) and play my music. I start off low and then end up raising the volume as I “wake up”.

Third tip, COFFEE! Since I started my diet I cut out coffee, but before I did, it was the thing I looked forward to every morning. There really is nothing like a hot cup of coffee in the morning (or anything delicious and hot to drink). For me it wasn’t even about the caffeine since I drank decaf, it was just something comforting that I liked.

I spy Starbucks

I spy Starbucks

This final bit isn’t really a tip since it’s something good employees shouldn’t do (haha) but I like to check my social media feeds from time to time. It helps break up the morning and I personally love looking at funny memes online.

For my next job, I still want to work the morning shift, just not so early. To anyone reading this who was wondering if they should consider early morning shifts…YES. The benefits outway the sleepiness: More free time during the day, less customers since it’s early in the day and more laid back employees since no one’s stressed yet. To anyone reading this who currently works the early morning shift like I do, I hope you can try some of these tips. Now let me go get ready for bed. (just kidding)