It’s almost Saint Patrick’s Day, and the last thing you want to hear right now is that you shouldn’t phone it in at work come monday morning. It would be so easy to just show your face for a few moments before disappearing to your favorite bathroom stall to nap off all that green beer. While that early Irish goodbye may seem ideal, sticking out moments like this can really help you earn respect at work.
If you want to bring your best self to work monday morning, these tips are just what you need.
1. Get Your Beauty Sleep
It doesn’t matter if your friend is finally throwing their housewarming party (three months after moving in), or if you want to go see a midnight release of whatever Marvel movie comes out next. If you have work the next morning you need to be prepared. While an extra shot of espresso may carry you through this predicament every once in a while, the only consistently reliable option is getting enough sleep. So set that alarm clock, and make sure that before it goes off you’re getting enough sleep to be able to seize the day.
2. Remember That Social Media Is Social
People talk, and share, and take screenshots. It’s kind of the nature of social media. While what you do outside of the office is your business, people gossip and the internet doesn’t forget. The last thing you want is for your boss or that recruiter to know just how drunk you got at that office holiday party. Maintain a professional demeanor on social media and your career will thank you.
3. Exercise Self Control At Work Events
Speaking of the holiday party, this tip is more about being your best self while actually at work. Work parties are a great way to turn coworkers into actual friends, let off some steam, and if you’re not careful make a total ass of yourself. While it’s important to have fun and socialize, it’s also important to remember that a happy hour or holiday party is still a professional event. You will have to see these people monday morning. When you leave, be sober enough to strut not stumble.
4. Maintain A Healthy Work-Life Balance
Throwing yourself completely into your work isn’t the way to go either. Having hobbies and relationships that help you grow as a person outside of work is crucial. So take that cooking class. Go ahead and join improv, or even train for a marathon. It all contributes to a better you. Heck even go ahead and throw that Saint Patrick’s Day party. Just remember that while you should bring your whole self to work, you should be able to be a professional when it’s needed.
When your boss starts looking at who to promote next, the fact that you’re consistently present and ready to work will stand out. So take care of yourself, be a professional, and take charge. Because when it comes to your career it’s possible to have your beer and drink it too.