Tips for Adjusting to a New Schedule

Consider this: Every job has a rhythm that we have to sync up with. 

When you start a new job — you aren’t just learning the job. You’re also learning how to sync the rhythm of your life with your job. Your job influences your schedule in a big way. Think about it: When you go to bed, when you wake up, and when you eat your meals are all influenced by your job. A job is not just about showing up; it’s about finding your unique work-life groove. 

Adjusting to a schedule can be challenging, especially in the beginning, but with a little practice and some solid tactics in your pocket, you can sync up with the rhythm of your job and waltz through the world of work.

Here are a few pointers to make the schedule adjustment smooth and easy: 

  1. Get Organized: Start your journey by getting organized. Figure out what you need for work the next day, and prepare your work essentials ahead of time. Having everything in order will save you time and energy when you’re gearing up for your factory shifts.
  2. Keep a To-Do List: Stay on top of your tasks by keeping a to-do list. Write down your daily life responsibilities, prioritize them, and determine when you’ll do each of those things.
  3. Have a Morning and Evening Routine: Establishing consistent morning and evening routines will help your body and mind transition smoothly between work and rest. Whether it’s a quick exercise routine or a relaxing bath, these rituals can set the tone for your day.
  4. Time Your Commute: Determine how long it will take for you to drive to work, remembering that some days are going to be easy drives and other days will take longer. Estimate how long it will take you to get to work on a slow traffic day, and make sure you leave your home early enough to still get to work with a little wiggle room. 
  5. Alarm Clocks are Your Friends: Creating a consistent sleep schedule is vital for your well-being. Consider setting an alarm for when you should go to bed, ensuring you get a full night of rest to be at your best for the day ahead.


  1. What schedule adjustments have you made to sync with your work schedule? Are there any schedule adjustments you could make moving forward for an even smoother schedule? 
  2. Think about your daily commute. Have you estimated the right amount of time to give you wiggle room for a traffic challenge?