As life goes on, you soon realize a truth: weekends are shockingly fleeting things. You resist planning much for your time off — not wanting to replicate the madness of week days — but then Sunday afternoon arrives and you’re stuck with a sad sense of not having done much. One of the most common time problems I’ve discovered in conversations with people about this topic is that malady known as the Sunday night blues. As a student, you realize all the homework you didn’t do yet. In the working world, you start bracing for the stress of Monday morning. The commute. The meetings. The nagging bold font on unopened emails.
There are two ways to battle the Sunday night blues. The first is purely tactical: schedule something fun for Sunday nights. That way you spend Sunday morning and afternoon anticipating your fun, rather than dreading Mondays. I’ve found that Sunday early evenings are a great time for parties. They’re low-key, and people tend to be available in a way that kid sports and other such things preclude on Saturdays or Sunday afternoons. Saturday night dinner parties involve the fine china. Sunday night dinner parties are the province of paper plates. We had family over last night and spent the evening catching fireflies and roasting s’mores. Net result? I couldn’t even start thinking about work stuff until about 10 p.m.
The second method is harder, but in the long run is even more effective. Sure, all jobs involve some less-than-blissful tasks, but why not figure out what, exactly, is making you dread Mondays? Maybe you like your job, but don’t like the commute. Maybe you like your work, but don’t like your colleagues. Maybe you love your colleagues, but find the content of your work dull. Try to pinpoint it, and see if you can change it. In the history of humanity, someone has negotiated the ability to work from home on Mondays. Someone has lobbied to get assigned to a different team and succeeded. Why not you?
Do you look forward to Mondays? Why or why not?
In other news:
- Folks coming over from Yahoo Small Business, and the Yahoo home page — welcome! You were likely directed straight to the post on what I do before breakfast (from last month). To answer one of the most common questions posted in the comments, “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast” is also available from Barnes & Noble (Nook), and for other e-readers (like iPad). I only had the Amazon link at the time, so that’s what’s in that post. If you don’t own an e-reader, you can still get the book by downloading the free Kindle app from Amazon, and then ordering the book to read in your browser.
- There is no paper copy available of the book at this time. But it’s short! I promise it won’t strain your eyes too much to read it in e-reader form.
- The book is now available through Amazon in the UK and Australia.
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