I know that today is Sunday and most of you are only half able to enjoy the day off because tomorrow morning starts another workweek. But it doesn’t have to be like that. How would you like to be able to enjoy your Sunday completely and then actually be excited for the workweek to start?
When we dread the workweek it is because we are focusing on all of the annoying things that we have to do like wake up early, catch up on emails, call back clients, and deal with any other headaches that we usually encounter at work.
But what if we had some things to look forward to?
Here are three surefire ways to get excited about the workweek.
One way that you can get excited about the workweek is to build anticipation for it. How do you do that? Let’s first think about how you would build anticipation for the weekend and then we can use that model to build it for the workweek.
When you are really excited for the weekend you are usually looking forward to the plans you have for that weekend, right? Well let’s think about your job and the things that you enjoy doing at work. If you choose to focus on the parts of your job that you actually enjoy, you will be excited for the workweek to start so you can do them!
Don’t have a part of your job that you enjoy? That’s ok; we can cheat by using the other two techniques to get ourselves excited for the workweek anyway!
Using rewards to make you look forward to the week is a personal favorite of mine. Even if you don’t want Monday to start, because you’re thinking about all of the work that you are going to have to do, having a good enough reward at the end of the day can be enough to get you through it.
Some of my favorite rewards include watching your favorite TV show, enjoying your favorite meal for dinner, treating yourself to your favorite dessert or having a glass or two of your favorite wine. I recommend spreading these out, otherwise the next day at work could be pretty rough Spreading them out will also give you something to look forward to at the end of each day of the week!
Too often we save all of the good stuff for the weekends. We plan most of our social dinners, nights out, trips to the movies and our other favorite activities for the weekends and completely neglect our weeknights. Now I’m not suggesting going out to a club until 4 AM on a weeknight, but make sure to include some fun activities into your workweek and see what a huge difference it makes.
Some of the things you can do include grabbing lunch with a friend, going to happy hour after work, going on a date, catching a movie, going to the driving range, taking an exercise class or even something as simple as making dinner with your girlfriend or boyfriend. The possibilities are endless, and when you start to schedule enough of these plans, the workweek will fly by just as quickly as the weekend.
Your mission for this week, should you choose to accept it, is to pick one thing that you enjoy doing at work to focus on, give yourself two rewards on two separate nights and make one plan this week. Sound easy enough?