"I think when people say they dread going into work on Monday morning, it's because they know they are leaving a piece of themselves at home. Why not see what happens when you challenge your employes to bring all of their talents to their job and reward them for doing it just like everyone else, but for pushing the envelope, being adventurous, creative, and open minded, and trying new things?" - Tom Hsieh from the book Delivering Happiness
When I read this, it was such an eye opener about what is wrong with the traditional work system of 9-5 Monday through Friday. We look so forward to the weekends that when the start of the week comes around we are bummed we have to go through another five days just to get back to the two days we truly enjoy.
On of my new favorite examples to lead by is the saying If you need a vacation from your job, you should never go back. I was saying this over the weekend to a couple of people and one of them said they hated this expression and that it is such a bunch of baloney. They went on to say that they do what they love and they still need a vacation. I didn't want to argue with them because I knew this person would never change their mind. What I think they didn't understand, and why I didn't want to argue, is that need and want are two different things.
Think about it like this, if you need a vacation are you really happy with what you are doing or do you wish you were doing something else? This person had a point, but it was the wrong point. If you are doing what you love in life you are already on vacation 365 days a year. But if you are trapped in thinking you are doing what you love, but still need to escape it, than is this really what you want to be doing? Maybe it is, but most likely deep down inside you would rather be doing something else.
It is an entirely different thing to want to go on vacation, or if you are doing what you love in life you wouldn't even say vacation, you would say I want to go explore this or that at such and such place, or I want to go on an adventure. But needing means you need to escape, wanting just means you want to explore/have an adventure. There is a difference, and sadly a lot of people never make this distinction between the two.
This is where those Monday Blues come from, the needing to escape for some short lived adventure that only lasts 2 weeks a year away from the thing you need to escape from. And then you have to wait for another year to do it all over again.
What do you do with your two days off every week? Outside of the laundry and cleaning up and resting, what are you so excited about to get to do on those two days off every week? This is the piece of you that is being left behind when you go to work on Mondays and why you are so blue about it, because you can't do this or these things for another five days. Is this really the kind of life you want?
If you were to tally up why these weekends are so much better than your work week you will find the answer to what you have been missing about working. The answer is in these things. These things are a good sign that this is what you should be doing for a living instead of doing what you are currently doing. And if you can't think of a way to turn this into money you can live off of, you are not alone. Most people are so scared to take the leap from employee to entrepreneur that they end up stuck doing something they dislike for 20+ years, to only then have the chance to retire and finally do what they want.
One way to change this rhythm of your life is to bring these passions into your work place. If your work place is to bland and dry that they won't let you think outside the box and explore new ways to incorporate these into the work environment and not only boost company moral but also boost profits for the company than maybe it is time to start looking for a place that will, or take the leap and start the journey to being self employed doing what you want. I don't care if you love playing guitar and work at a call center, why can't you talk to the company and say "hey, how about I record a new guitar song every week and make this our waiting music?" It sure would be a lot better to listen to than that elevator music that we are made to listen to every time we call in.
But there in lies the problem. You have to think outside the box and think of a way or ways that these passions can be incorporated into the company that will help the company. Really, it is more about helping you have a fulfilling and fun time at work, but if you work for someone else it should also help them too. Or like I said, if the company is to dry and bland this should be a sign you need to move on.
The Monday Blues happen because we are not happy at work and part of this unhappiness is because we have to leave a part of us at home when we go to this work. This is the perfect time to change this around and start bringing this part of us to work and make it a fun, great and profitable place to be. Once you achieve this it will no longer we work, at least not something you dread going to every week. Take it one step further and quit and make your passion your money maker, just make sure not to make haste.