Here’s the Thing…
I enjoy my job. I do.
But sometimes, it gets stressful and overwhelming, and mundane.
Mundane. My least favorite word.
There are those weeks where it feels like the days just drag on and on. And each week seems to blend with the next. And before you know it, a whole month has gone by!
I am on a mission to A) survive the work and B) enjoy the work week.
Is that possible?! Read on….
Mingle with Other Departments
I realize there may be company specific limitations to how much you can interact with other departments, but this one really keeps my workday interesting.
I work in a building that has three components: a clothing line, an educational technology program and a non-profit classical music competition. It is an understatement to say that there is always something interesting going on.
There could be a new robot being tested, or a new shipment of clothing coming in, or even a bunch of music professors in for a meeting.
So when my day seems to be dragging I can just walk down the hall for a few minutes and maybe learn something new!
Make Plans Throughout the Week
It can be really easy to get into the routine of going to work, coming home, making dinner, going to bed, and doing it all over again.
I try to make sure that I have things planned throughout the week, so I always have something fun to look forward to.
For example, my friends and I make a point to have dinner together once a week. Or my boyfriend and I will do something fun like go to the movies on a Tuesday or have a movie night in.
It can also be something as simple as trying a new hot cocoa recipe or catching up on my favorite TV show. Just anything to keep the days from blending all together.
Become Friends with Your Co-Workers
I’m really an advocate of this one, although I am not the best at it.
At the end of the day, you will spend 8 hours, 5 days a week at your job. Sometimes the only thing that keeps me sane is laughing with my co-workers for a few minutes. But if you never reach out and try to have conversation beyond work, you’ll have a hard time making those genuine friendships.
I can tell you from experience that having friends in the workplace can make all the difference.
For me, I feel less alone when I am having a bad day, I feel like I have people I can celebrate with when I have a good day, and I have people that can help ease the stresses of work.
Whatever you have to do to survive the work week, do it! And you just may find yourself enjoying a Monday every now and then.
What are some ways you make the week less mundane?