“I’m convinced that God gave us Mondays to punish us for the things we did over the weekend…“ – Unknown
“If each day is a gift, I’d like to know where to return Mondays!”
― John Wagner
“Life is like Friday on a soap opera. It gives you the illusion that everything is going to wrap up, and then the same old shit starts up on Monday.”
― Stephen King
Waking up on Monday mornings for work is not the greatest thrill. It seems that just when we finally get a chance to enjoy the weekend, catch-up on a few ‘to do’s’, and rest by Sunday evening, it’s time again to repeat the ‘same of 76‘. This is a phrase my dear mother used to use, which means “same old thing” or “I have nothing new or exciting to say – same as always”.
When my mother used this term, though she expressed repeating the work routine as somewhat of a vicious cycle, she also implied her acceptance of the necessity of work. The obvious benefit is financial. We need to work because we need money to survive.
I’ve come of with a list of the benefits of working, as I see it. Perhaps you will agree with some of the pleasures of working that I list.
- Work can be a stepping stone to fulfilling a greater career, financial, and/or entrepreneurial plan.
- Work can give one relevance, a feeling of contribution to an achievement.
- Work structures our life, giving us a framework to accommodate our family, personal, and more enjoyable tasks and goals.
- Working is beneficial to our health. Studies support this theory. In 2006, the Department for Work and Pensions published an independent review of the evidence supporting the relationship between work, health and wellbeing. This review sets out to answer the question ‘Is work good for your health and wellbeing?’ – Fit For Work > Blog > Benefits of working
- Work can be a foundation for socializing and meeting new friends.
- Work, through its interactions with others, in often tense situations, builds character. These team and customer interactions overtime can make you better at adapting to others, refining your approach to ‘unveiling’ yourself to others in your best light.
So be excited to go to work! Yeah right….I’m sure you are still not excited on this Monday morning to begin your daily grind.
Here are some additional motivators.
Who knows, maybe you can rise and shine like Michael Kerr in the video below: