Today is Monday. Mondays get a bad rap. Most everyone seems to dread Monday!
Is it really Monday’s fault?
Does Monday make you put on your work clothes, get the kids off to school and then make you wait in the long line at Starbucks before you make your way into rush hour traffic as you head out to work? I think not otherwise you would be bitching at Friday too! However, everyone seems to look forward to seeing Friday! Do you not do the same things on Friday as you do on Monday? I am telling you Monday gets a bad rap.
Monday is just a day like every other day! It is really just a name of day. What if everyone dreaded Amys, Sheilas, Renees, Kirks (Okay, I’ll give you this one. It’s ok to dread Kirks!), Michaels or Davids? They are all names that are given. Monday did not choose to be the first day of the week. It was just the luck of the draw. YOU GET TO BE MONDAY! I am betting Monday had no idea it would suck so bad.
It seems to me that what most people do not like about Monday is the responsibility and obligation that they associate with Monday. The lack of freedom that comes along on Monday, not Monday itself. So what is it that you associate with Monday that makes you dread it? Work, schedule, co-workers, or clients perhaps? All of those things can be changed (either by you or someone else.)
You might say “Yea but…”and begin to list all of the reasons why you cannot change your Monday. If you did that, you are correct. YOU cannot change Monday. You will be complaining about Mondays for many more to come.
Let me tell you a story. A few months back I took a position with a community organization. Every day I went to work and sat in a cubicle in a shared office of two and stared at my computer. I never did any work! I went to the management and said “I am not a sit around and do nothing kind of person. Don’t you have anything that I can do?” I did this on multiple occasions each time being told “to enjoy it.” Interestingly enough the woman that hired me had been with the company for over 15 years and was being forced out with the offer of early retirement. Many of the employees had been there for much longer than that. Why? Everyone complained. No one was happy with the day-to-day operations. They had been complaining every Monday for years! I actually asked a few of them why they had stayed so long. I heard I want to work here until I retire, it’s convenient, I get a paycheck every two weeks, I am putting my daughter through college – a plethora of reasons.
I guess I am different. I was on a 90 day probation period but in my opinion so was the company. I was evaluating them as well. I began thinking of all the donors that made my salary possible and it made me sick to think of the wastefulness. I thought about how this company obviously did not value long-term employees if they were forcing them out. I saw the signs and I quit. I was not willing to invest any more of me. My time is way too valuable. I also saw the bigger picture. If they were forcing a few people out, they would more than likely do the same to others without losing a bit of sleep over it. They probably would not even hand out gold watches! Employees that are relying on a paycheck should take interest in the management of the company they work for! If your company is poorly managed chances are there will come a day when you find that the sense of security that you got from that paycheck was misplaced.
When I quit, I expressed exactly those reasons. I was urged to reconsider. Nope. My mind was made up. I had much more confidence in the income and future that I could generate for myself!
Now to finish the story! The same company that I worked for doing absolutely nothing for a month just laid off almost one hundred workers without notice or warning. Some of those employees had been there over 30 years! Their retirement is now in question.
So, let me ask you again what do you dread about Mondays? Are you going to keep dreading Mondays infinitely or do you have a plan so that every day is lived on your terms?
Who do you trust most with your future?
Quit blaming Mondays! Give Mondays a chance.
Until Next Time,