9 Reasons To Work Your Butt Off In Your 20s

It might suck now, but you'll be glad you did.
by Anna Breslaw
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1. Because it makes the work day fly by faster. 
Have you ever sat at a desk, trolled style blogs, and refreshed your Gmail for eight hours? Well, let me tell you, it feels like eight hours, whereas a brisk and productive day feels like three or so.

2. Because you want to retire someday! 
I see you. You're getting to the age where you can't drink as much and wake up feeling fine. And you're considering getting an old person back pillow. If you work now, lazy piña coladas in Boracay are in your future.

3. Because now you should know what you want to do—or at least what you definitely don't. 
If you're in the field of your dreams (heh), great! If not, you better work hard to jump from finance to fashion design or whatever it is you want.

4. Because then your shit will be together and you'll be on top of things. 
No last-minute scrambling to complete a project or meet a deadline! Take it from a former procrastinator: They alllllways suffer in the end. Don't you want to be able to leave work on time every day?

5. Your boss will notice. 
I promise, even if she's nine months pregnant and it's Fashion Week and Melancholia is about to hit the earth, she will notice. Okay, maybe not if Melancholia is about to hit the earth.

6. Everyone around you will notice and step up their game. 
And the workflow will be less congested generally, without one of those passive-aggressive "chats" or annoying company retreats! What a delight.

7. You'll feel proud of yourself at the end of the day. 
Maybe the last eight hours of nonstop work was draining, but nobody can call you a slacker.

8. It makes mostly horizontal weekends with burrito/boyfriend feel much more special. 
Because you really feel like you earned your laziness.

9. And the most obvious reason: Money. 
If you show them you're worth more than they're paying you, you've got a legitimate case to ask for more. It might suck now, but you'll be glad you did it when you are rolling around in your vault of cash like Scrooge McDuck with lip gloss on.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors. 

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