If you have had any contact with social media within the last year, you have likely been introduced to a barrage of postings and supporting images describing what, for many, is the average workweek. The week starts with a “case of the Mondays,” continues into Wednesday and getting over the hump of “Hump Day” (insert GEICO camel commercial), and by Friday, you delightfully arrive at work internally shouting, “TGIF!” while envisioning riding off into the weekend sunset come 5:00pm. Therein lies a trap of always living in anticipation for the next weekend, while just making it by during the week. Most people would agree that weekends and rest from the daily grind are necessary and important. However, when you spend over two-thirds of life at work, wouldn’t it be more pleasurable to experience time there a s something more than a means to an end?
As an employee, you can benefit from finding contentment in whatever your current role is, even if you missed that last promotion, or are considering a career change. After all, when the next promotion comes or a door opens at a different company, both current and future employers will want to know what you did with the time you were given previously to learn, excel, and grow as an employee.
Look at each day as an occasion to perform with excellence. Proactively seek opportunities to show yourself as valuable to your employer. You may be surprised by the transformation of your attitude and how your perspective of work changes, to the extent that the coming weekend is no longer your focus; rather, personal satisfaction and the enjoyment of work becomes your motivation. Every day can bring new possibility and excitement.