A Case of ‘The Mondays’? Not This Guy.
When I worked in retail through the various jobs I held, I remember specifically always looking forward to my days off. I would look forward to those days before they arrived – sometimes even as early in the week as Monday. But it wasn’t that I had all these weekend plans I was eager for, no – I just looked forward to not having to go to my job. I suspect many people working regular jobs today harbor similar feelings.
In a typical weekend, I would spend the latter part of my Sunday beginning the mental preparation required to get to bed at a decent time, so I could get up at the right time Monday morning in order to get to work on time. Actually when I really look back, every day was like that, only finding a silver lining in the idea that every completed day brought me closer to a day where I wouldn’t have to go at all.
Looking back, it’s painfully apparent that this outlook affected my job performance – and while I think I can state with an absolute certainty than I never did a ‘bad job’ or had a poor attitude in the traditional sense, it clearly affected my job performance and regrettably I did not always do my best. When you don’t do your best, you might hang on for a while, but you eventually get replaced. And that’s exactly what happened.
Oh… you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called ‘Everybody’, and they meet at the bar. -Drew Carey
Internet memes are ubiquitous given the viral nature of today’s Internet landscape. Witty quips adorn funny or ironic images and often convey the common sentiment of a healthy disdain for Mondays. Many people share these on their various social platforms. But not me.
I work just about every day. Perhaps once a month a day will occur where I don’t touch the computer, answer an email, pay a bill or perform any of the numerous tasks I deal with throughout the course of my day. My day usually starts anywhere between 6:30 and 9 am, and ends as late as 12 am or later. I take many breaks during the day, it isn’t as if I am tethered to my desk for 12+ consecutive hours. Far from it. And you know what? This might sound like a miserable experience to some people. Some people are content with their 9-5s and simply having a job in general. But I wouldn’t have any other way. I wake up in the morning thinking about all the things I need to accomplish for the day, the week and the month, and what that’s going to mean for my clients, my family and myself. I don’t always spring right out of bed and jump right into things*… and there are days where I’m less than thrilled about getting going on the day’s scheduled tasks. But in the overall scheme of things, I see people who are absolutely miserable in their employment situations, and I am thankful to be fortunate enough not to be in that situation.
*I don’t have a commute – I work out of my home office.
Above and beyond all of that though, I like what I do. I really do. This doesn’t mean it isn’t without challenges of course. Running a home based business can be quite stressful. But I don’t spend my non-work time dreading work. I don’t sit at work counting down the hours and minutes until I don’t have to be working any more. And for that I am quite grateful.