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 weekends
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…