If Mondays don’t make you want to retire early then maybe you’re a liar 😉 Or just one of those really well adjusted people who love their work or can find satisfaction in any job well done and have the mental fortitude and social skills to deal with annoying people….(so what’s it like being a rare and magical unicorn?)
Anyway if you need help with Monday’s (at least until you have enough money invested to QUIT WORK) I’ve spent the last few years working out mental tricks to help me get through the day.
1) I am already retired but they really need me so I’m working this one Monday for free.
Yep, I pretend I’m working for free, saving the day by turning up, being a rockstar for one day and never coming back. I breeze in pretending I have the gratitude of all my coworkers and managers just for turning up. I do my best work, everything a glittering example of why I’m the very best! Then I leave working, having saved the day, feeling awesome.
The ancient greek art of pretending everything could be way worse than it is, so this Monday is really no discomfort. Well I’m paraphrasing quite heavily. I found it a guide to being happy without wanting for anything. Reading this book helped me for a few months before I went back to my feeling of dreading Mondays. I probably need to read it a couple of times a year for it to really stick. This book is quite a good introduction to stoicism and how you can use it to curb desires for excessive comfort and material things. A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy*
3) Abundant fake smiles.
Sure it makes you look a little manic, but doing is being. Yes the facial expression you wear can re-inforce your mood. So if you’re wearing an unpleasant expression you’ll feel even worse. So I slap on the fake smile until I feel better. Eventually that fake smile turns into a genuine smile and by the end of the day I feel pretty good! And the people I work with feel better too, I’m much nicer to be around.
4) They can’t all be bad – Hunt out the non-jerks.
A couple of my coworkers are pretty negative, but on the other hand there are a lot of brilliant people as well. So if I’m having a bad day I check in with one of these people see what they’re working on, if they’re not too busy I ask if they will show me it and tell me a little more. I learn something and feel refreshed and more enthusiastic about my work in 5 minutes. I wonder if these people know how much they lift me up when I need it.
5) I’m here to grow and learn.
There must be an opportunity somewhere to learn something be it technical or even personal. I have to remind myself to hunt out the parts of the job that force me to improve myself. I don’t avoid the challenging tasks that others would rather fob off onto other team members. I sign up for any extra training offered and try to get as much out of the job as they get out of me. So my job improves me as a person and then I feel like its more worthwhile and satisfying.
Anyway I hope these thoughts help you get through your Monday where ever it may be. So until we all retire, Happy Monday everyone!