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Hail The Weekend!



The weekend

I labelled this post a little dishonestly, simply because my week is blurring in distinction between “work week” and “weekend”. Through tried and tested measures (which I will not share here), I have discovered my most creative time of the week, is Monday morning. I do not dedicate this time to “work” but doing creative things that I love that indirectly generate income.

I tweet a lot about “Hump Day”, simply because some of my clients are M-F, 9-5 workers, and Hump Day is the middle of the week for them, and many others. In the run up to Wednesday, people are generally getting over the weekend, and getting into the swing of work.

Once Wednesday is over, people look towards the weekend, because they are looking forward to doing the things they enjoy, or things that make a difference socially.

The “work week” is generally doing things that generate an income so they can pay the bills and fund the good things they do at the weekend. Whereas, the “weekend” generally signifies their own personal time.

Now imagine you were doing what you love doing ALL week. So much so, that the definitive line between workweek and weekend become blurred, and becomes simply a “week”. I am already sensing some of the readers here thinking “but then I have nothing to look forward to”.

Well, stop and rethink this belief. If you were doing what excites and tantalises you all week, how could you possibly get bored? Why do you need something “to look forward to”? Is it possible that we have become so conditioned to separate work from play that only the celebs and rich get to “play” all week?

To really get a sense of how you view “work”, please have a look at the book “Work & Worth” by Tony Humphreys, a very interesting read on our beliefs about work, why we work, and work addiction.

Why do people feel the work week is a “drag” and Hail the weekend? Here are some thoughts:

  • What we do during the week consists of meaningless tasks
  • What we do during the week doesn’t make a difference
  • What we do during the week is boring, exhausting or lacks purpose
  • What we do during the week CANNOT be fun, because FUN is for weekendsWeekend swimming

If you dread Monday Mornings, then skip over to my last post here on Bloggertone, Beat the Monday Morning Blues. Welcome back, so how can you improve your working week, without giving up your business or quitting your job? Please feel free to add to the list here:

  • Find meaning in what you do, for yourself, as well as the business
  • Inject fun into your work, tantalise your imagination
  • Ease yourself into work, by leaving emails and phone messages for another hour
  • Discover and utilise your “creative” times
  • Explore teleworking possibilities, to break up the “going to work” routine

Come on, add a few more in a comment below that you have been pondering on, it might encourage you to take action…



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The Author:

Elaine Rogers is a Business Training & Development Specialist. She provides training and coaching in the areas of IT Skills, Business Skills, and Soft Skills. Elaine has just launched a new online training store at http://www.thesmarttrain.com that provides videos and workshops in the areas of IT, Business and Soft Skills. http://www.thesmarttrain.com

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  • http://twitter.com/fredchannel Fred

    Good post Email. This point reminded me a lot of u201cThe Lazy Personu2019s Guide to Success: How to Get What You Want Without Killing Yourself for Itu201d by Earnie Zelinski. This man pushes you to rethink how you invest your time and you really make a difference with 4 or 4 remarkable hours a day. Also, I’m reading now “Thinkertoys”. This book is full of tactics to be creative and one of them is challenge (like you did) the “assumption” that during the week we work and during the weekend we rest and have fun.nI’ve been starting to revert many basis assumptions. It’s amazing sometimes how close you’re to something different and fun.

  • http://www.tweakyourbiz.com Niall Devitt

    Do what you do well and enjoy doing it, Great post Elaine! I also think that education should shoulder a lot of the blame when it comes to people disliking Mondays, the truth is that most kids really dislike Mondays and lots of Adults too, see the connection?

  • Adam Gottlieb

    Great post Elaine,nnVery good points… But I think sometimes dreading the work week goes beyond conditioning and trying to acquire a positive attitude. Here are three other options a person should explore:nn1. Perhaps the reason you feel so bored, uninterested, and unenthusiastic is due to the fact that the job situation itself is not right for you. Either you don’t feel valued, appreciated, or that you make a difference because of the way the company is set up and/or the way co-workers or customers treat you. n2. You never really have enjoyed what you do. In this case, where possible, make an effort to get involved in another line of work.n3. You’re not happy in general and this attitude shows up not just in work, but in other areas of your life as well. In this case, you need to sit down and examine your life; not just work. nnAdam

  • http://www.seefincoaching.com/blog Elaine Rogers

    Hi Adam, thanks for reading and sharing some great points.nOne dangerous conclusion I see people making is just because they don’t enjoy where they are working now, they seem to think the only alternative is self-employment – this can be a disastrous conclusion to make.nIt all comes down to values. If we do not look at our value system, and then check if our work is in line with those values, we will always be demoralized in our choice of job/career. Also, our “work” needs to compliment our living, and enhance our living experience. I feel conditioning can play a negative part here – the limited decision that work is not enjoyable, it is just necessary.nWhen we question our beliefs, and look at our values, we can then make a better educated decision on whether the type of work we do is a good fit.nnThanks for stopping by and taking the time to share :)nn

  • http://www.seefincoaching.com/blog Elaine Rogers

    Hi Facebook ;)nI love your last point – I am engaged in a SmaterEgg.com group at the moment, whilst reading “Break from the Pack” by Oren Harari. I always felt Channelship are endeavouring to do something different, get ahead of the “pack” and invent, create, innovate and lead. nAnd I know for a fact that you absolutely love what you do. I believe many can learn from your attitude of “doing something different”nOf course, the real success is dumping an idea/concept if it does not work ;)nnThanks for sharing, doing what you love, and inspiring others (including me)!

  • http://www.seefincoaching.com/blog Elaine Rogers

    Niall,nWe have had many conversations about conditioning, being influenced by education systems, and so called “leaders”. Until, as young adults, we realise that we do have choices, and begin to question our inherited values and beliefs, many will go through life, disliking “Mondays” or whatever their starting work-day is.nnTime for a Monday revolution!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • http://www.seefincoaching.com/blog Elaine Rogers

    Niall,nWe have had many conversations about conditioning, being influenced by education systems, and so called “leaders”. Until, as young adults, we realise that we do have choices, and begin to question our inherited values and beliefs, many will go through life, disliking “Mondays” or whatever their starting work-day is.nnTime for a Monday revolution!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • http://www.tweakyourbiz.com Niall Devitt

    Great interview, Sian. I have to agree with Ivan here, It seems to me that the PR and having a proven mentor were the bigger wins from going on Dragons Den.   

  • http://www.sianphillips.ie Sian Phillips

    Thanks Ivan. It’s good to hear a success story in these times

  • http://www.sianphillips.ie Sian Phillips

    Thanks Niall. I think Kate was very brave in taking the risk in going on there too because if it goes wrong it can be quite bad. Thankfully it worked wonders and with her tenacity and hard work she’s taken it even further.

  • http://www.mycaal.com Loan Modification

    Very good post Sian. The time we allot for Social Media is also important to gain success.

  • http://www.smartsolutions.ie/blog/ Elaine Rogers

    Great Interview Sian, I really enjoyed reading it :)

  • Peter Watson

    Thanks Niall.

    That’s just it, anyone can buy or sell a business. Being your own boss can be a reality and it’s not that difficult.

    Also, selling a business privately is proving to be a very popular trend and has continued to improve every year for the past 8-9 years. All business owners who are planning on selling should definitely consider selling privately first.

  • http://www.ahaingroup.com/ Niall Devitt

    Hi Greg, If you really understand your customer’s business, sales becomes easy.

  • Peter Watson

    Absolutely! It won’t just happen. You need to want it, and enjoy it at the same time.