I know quite a few people who actually start feeling depressed on Sunday night because work is the next day. Sadly, for many of them, this has been a feeling that has existed for years. I honestly cannot comprehend this state of mind at this point in my life. Sure when I was fresh out of college and new to my professional work life I didn’t always get thrilled about Monday mornings, but as I have progressed in my career and thinking, that is a long distant memory. If what you are doing makes you that unhappy either change how you think about it or choose to do something else. Life is too short for habitual Sunday night misery.
There are very few real victims in life. Outside of violent crime, your victimhood is usually a personal choice. Plenty of people have accomplished great things in their life and come from humble or disadvantaged beginnings. You are the architect of your own life: good, bad or otherwise. A large percentage of your time as an adult will be spent in some level of employment. Simply putting in your time and waiting for retirement is a “soul-sucking” way to live. There are no real guarantees for your future so make the most of now.
Here are a few points to possibly help you rethink your attitude towards your job if you regularly deal with the Sunday night blues:
- Take your career seriously – create a plan for advancement;
- Show up with a positive attitude and treat your colleagues courteously and most will respond in kind – even the most cynical will eventually come around to the positive vibe you are creating if you stick to it;
- All work is done in service to someone, try to think about who your are helping and the difference you are making in their life;
- Consider where you feel especially competent and take pride in striving for personal excellence in these areas;
- If you are feeling incompetent or overwhelmed in certain areas, be honest and ask for help – most people will step up and help/teach when asked;
- Try to partner with other people at work who complement your strengths and weakness;
- Treat problems as opportunities to demonstrate your skills and abilities rather than petty annoyances or burdens;
- Try to get to know your boss better and fully understand what makes him/her tick – be a positive resource for them rather than someone who regularly snipes behind their back;
- If you are the boss, take pride in the growth and development of your direct reports – make it your mission to convince people (in a constructive way) that they are capable of much more than they imagine is possible;
- Don’t be a clock watcher, instead create a daily “to do list” and have a plan of accomplishment for each day;
- Allow enough time for commuting difficulties and budget some thinking/getting settled time for the start of each day;
- Count your many blessing at the end of every day to reinforce what is good in your life.
- Can Do (brianwilliamsen.wordpress.com)
- Why Leaders Underperform: Their Default is to Find Fault (psychologytoday.com)
- Specifically What is the Secret of Life? (rafiaoumaima.wordpress.com)
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