How Working Part-time improved my life

Working as a part-time telemarketeer in Prudential taught me a couple of life hacks.

Imagine yourself as a robot.

Oh, being a smooth talker was never my forte. Uptight could have been my middle name. Unfortunately for me, part of my job scope requires me to be a surveyor at some of the local universities. Now, if I was to be honest, I had an anxiety breakdown when I was first told the news.

You never told me I was supposed to meet anyone and talk to them in-person! I wanted to protest. I might just pass out right now.

Then I slapped myself (spiritually) and shut off my thoughts, my reflections. Feelings were hard to resist, but it can be dominated; so long as I preoccupy my mind with forging actions. Be in the moment.

Don’t think anything more than the objectives given. Like a robot, let the programming take over.

You have to hand them the surveys. Tell them what they should do with it. Hand them the pens. Wait.

And 2 hours later, I finished the entire stack of survey forms.

Man, do I deserve a fat commission.

Be desirable to interact with.

You don’t have to look like you could be on the cover of Sports Illustrated or Vogue, but there should be something attractive about you.

Be it nice-ness, beauty, humour, a glib tongue . . . the possibilities are endless. Pick one and make that your winning secret formula.

I found that with a more pleasant, uplifted voice, I got myself more surveys completed. Of course, I also had a (decently) lean body, although nothing jaw-dropping or #bodygoals . . . yet. But it’s definitely #workinprogress. With these tools, I achieved more success at my task as compared to being lacklustre and boring.

There is an alternate solution however - find all the nice people and make them work for you. I personally do not endorse this method: they will improve, but it does nothing for you as a person (non-material wise).

Treat others how you want to be treated.

Cliche, eh?

But its true. At the beginning, I was all stiff and uptight and kept to myself. My manager was even slightly formal with me. I watched her from the corner of my eye, chatting away happily with my fellow colleagues and change when it came to interacting with me. I thought about how dry, how uncomfortable it was to work like this, in the long run.

I . . .I would like some warmth too, despite being a self-proclaimed goddess of solitude.

When I changed my attitude — made more small talk and smiled more — suddenly she was happier to chat with me. I could have more breaks, she encouraged. For the same pay. It was more "okay" for me to leave early.

It does pay well to help yourself by (at the very least) being better to others. Treat others the way you want to treat yourself, and your quality of life will drastically improve.

You know, I knew all these things in theory all these years but they never helped me much back then.

That’s because I never truly understood them. By understanding, I mean being able to apply the theory in practice and not purely preaching mumbo jumbo.

Get a part-time job at whatever makes you uncomfortable, but is appealing enough to consider. Life is not meant to be comfortable anyway, AND consider yourselves lucky: We’re no longer expected to sprint like Usain Bolt every other day to save our neck.