If there’s one thing pop culture has taught us is that work is boring, and the only thing you can look forward to is the weekend. But if you wake up on Monday morning, already dreaming of Friday, you might end up missing out on both.
Your Job Can Be Fun If You Let It Be Fun
When we were kids, most of us hated doing chores. Partly because they were tiresome, but mostly because we knew we had to do them, and there was no way around it. It might be a good idea to try to take a step back, and look at your job from a different perspective. Try learning new things, or find different approaches to the same task. So, mix things up. You might discover that your job can be fun by finding new ways to do it.
Work Doesn’t Have to Be a Chore
As the old saying goes, finding something you love doing means you won’t have to work a day in your life. This piece of advice may sound witty, but we all know, in reality things rarely work out like that. But it’s equally silly to think that work has to be just a chore. Try looking for a relaxing and interesting job that offers a flexible work schedule, so you can get the most out of your workday without burning out. Or see how you can apply the things you’re passionate about in jobs which might not seem related at the first.
Get Stuff Done Today, So You Don’t Have To Do It Tomorrow
When you spend half of your workday dreaming about not being at work, you might end up neglecting your tasks. You might not even realize it. We might often find ourselves in front of the computer, just daydreaming, until we realize it’s been nearly five minutes, and we haven’t done anything productive. This might end up translating into overtime. Try staying focused on work tasks and boosting your productivity during the week to make the most out of your weekend.
It’s All in Your Head
Stress is probably the number one complaint of modern man. Pressure cannot be avoided. There are plenty of reasons one might feel pressured at the workplace, and this can often lead to stress. But, pressure can also be a powerful motivator, if you allow it to be. If you tend to focus on the negative aspects of your job, thinking that the only thing you can look forward to is the weekend, chances are your job is going to feel more stressful than it has to be.
Negativity Breeds Negativity
Chances are, if you tend to focus a lot on the negative aspects of your job, this negativity is going to come with you at home. It can lead to even more stress outside the workplace, and it can even affect your relationships with others. Avoiding negative thoughts isn’t necessary just to maximize your work potential. It’s necessary in order to stay sane. And if you make a habit of positive thinking, you might end up realizing your job wasn’t an actual problem in first place.
You’re Wasting Time and Potential
You might not have the most rewarding job in the world. Few of us do, but you still have to do it. By constantly trying to figure out how to put in the minimum amount of effort in your tasks, you are actually wasting your time. You can always find out surprising stuff about yourself if you just give it your all, even if it might not seem worth your time. You have no way of knowing what you are capable of if you never go out there and see.
Nothing Is Set In Stone
Jobs can change, workplaces can change, and people can change. If one place doesn’t work out for you, it’s not the end of the world. Figure out what it is you like and dislike about your job. Otherwise, you may not even realize when you’ve found the place that’s right for you. But if you really feel like you need a change, then go for it. Figuring stuff out is more than ok, as long as you’re doing it actively.
There’s nothing wrong with looking forward to the weekend, making plans, or occasionally drifting off at work. However, focusing exclusively on the end of the week makes you miss out on five more days of fun. Don’t cram your whole life into just two days.
Mike Jones is a Boston University graduate, with an MS in Mass Communication. He is now a full-time writer and contributing editor at Blifaloo. Mike is passionate about everything related to personal growth and career-development.