#TGIF #EverybodysWorkingForTheWeekend #FinallyFriday #FriYAY
You get the point. The thought of living our lives as a race to get to the weekend is a phenomenon I’ve never quite understood.
Don’t get me wrong. I love spending time with my family and friends on the weekend just as much as you do. But let’s remove that element just for the duration of these next 500 words or so. Family life is important. A balance between your work life and your home life is critical. But what I’m focusing on here is the dissatisfaction that exists between Monday at 8am and Friday at 5pm and why in the world so many people continue to live their lives that way. And what’s worse to me is how acceptable it is for so many people to trudge to and from work every day until Friday finally brings some spring to their step.
If you genuinely dislike what you do for a living so much that you can’t WAIT for Friday to get here, I have to tell you – you’re doing it wrong. Weekends comprise less than 30% of our week. So by this measure, that means 70% of our weekly time is spent doing something we are so unhappy with, we can’t wait to get OUT of doing it? Life is far too short to be unhappy with that much of it.
If you’re staring at your computer, tablet, or phone thinking, “Yeah, that’s me. Just 7 more hours to waste until I finally get to my enjoyable 30% for the week,” what should you do now? Keep reading, for starters.
Here’s the short story: Friday cannot be the best day of the week for you (no cheating – it can’t be Saturday, either). You simply cannot spend the biggest percent of your life hating what you do! If you vehemently despise tomatoes, you don’t accept eating tomatoes day after day, do you? So why would you accept living your LIFE eating nothing but tomatoes?…… You know what I mean.
So the first question to ask yourself is: Do I like tomatoes? How important is it to me to spend that 70% doing something I WANT to be doing?
If the answer is, “Meh. Not very important,” –That’s fine. You’re excused from the rest of today’s blog. Happy Friday and enjoy your 30%.
But if your answer is, “That’s pretty dang important to me, Kathryn!” – Then here’s my question to you: What are you prepared to do about it?
When you’ve answered that question, here are a few more:
- If it’s not important enough now, when will it be important enough for you to make a change?
- What would the implications of a change be for you? Your family? Your work ethic?
- What keeps you from making that change TODAY?
- What might that change be?
- How many more questions like this will you read before you start an action plan and create change?
Why isn’t Friday my favorite day of the week? Because I love what I do. I love the people I work with. I believe firmly in the values and the direction of the company I work for. I love seeing the difference I can make in the lives of attorneys and subsequently the families they serve. I hate Fridays because they are an interruption to the work I am incredibly passionate about.
Give yourself a reason to hate Fridays.
Happy Friday 😉
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