Oh good, it’s Monday.
Another chance to try my hand at that important problem we are trying to solve.
An opportunity to interact with our customers and bring a bit of joy into their lives.
A chance to see my co-workers, people I like and respect who treat me with kindness and generosity.
A day in which I will learn something, challenge myself, dance on the edge.
A day to commit to do some thing, even just one, that matters.
This isn’t what people normally think. Most of us don’t like our jobs.
On countless elevators I hear people greet each other with a knowing “it’s almost Friday” followed by a nod and a smile. Yet counting days until the temporary, illusory break of the weekend is no way to live.
It’s true, sometimes we get stuck. It’s happened to all of us: we find ourselves in the wrong place, in the wrong job, with the wrong people, and each day can be difficult.
But nowadays there are so many ways to learn something new, so many ways to connect with people who care about the same things we do, that there’s no reason to let ourselves slip into dividing our lives between the suffering of the week and the temporary respite of the weekend.
At a minimum, if you do feel stuck, don’t use your weekends just to “do nothing” because you believe you need that break before the week hits you again. Use the time that is fully yours to put a bit of energy towards something meaningful, something that brings a bit of a spark back into your day, something that’s a step towards the next thing.
Each day is your chance to do so much more than count the minutes until it’s over.
Because one day it will be, and that’s a game you don’t actually want to win.