Almost 95% people face this dilemma in life. Fridays are phenomenally exciting and Mondays are equally boring. Friday morning when people go to work they have already made their plans how they are going to spend their weekend. It may be a weekend camping trip or visiting a distant relative or a movie or trip to a beach or simply relaxing at home with family. On the flip, Sunday evenings could be the most boring evenings of the week. People spend Sunday evenings usually with ironing their clothes, getting ready for the big week to start. The excitement of Friday has come to an end. Monday morning it is so painful to pull up that office bag and drag ourselves to office.
The 5% population responds differently. Fridays are as exciting as other days, may be marginally more exciting. Sunday evening they are happy. They are just waiting for Monday to arrive. Monday they are completely excited to go to work.
What makes those 5% people feel so happy about Monday?
Before answering this question, let us look at who are these 5% people?
These are the people who have tremendous attachment to their work. They are those people who are truly following their passion. Their work is their passion or they realize their passion through the work they do. These are the people that have very clearly identified their passion, learnt how to transform that passion in to productive work and from productive work in to creating fortune for them.
It does not mean they do not enjoy weekends. Weekends are equally relaxing for them as they spend time with their family. However, they look forward to work week to realize and enjoy building their passion. For instance, Henry Ford was passionate about machines; Dale Carnegie was passionate about unleashing the ultimate potential of a person; Jack Welch is passionate about realizing people’s core competency, Oprah Winfrey is passionate about talking to people about their life.
Due to this connect between the passion and work these people never go off track from their commitment at work. They always show up on time. They always expand from the position they are. They always help people realize their passion. They are 99% of the time energetic. Monday is the day when they get the opportunity to work on their passion and take it to the next level.
Let’s look at 95% population.
Their work and passion are 2 different areas. Some of them though may have newly formed passion at work and the baby is still in the egg to hatch. They will begin to enjoy once the egg hatches and the baby starts growing.
For others, work place is the place to make money; money to run the house, to pay off loans; to pass time; to appear busy. Some may also term it as to learn something. For some it is also a means to meet people, know about them. It could also be a source of motivation as they may have some goals of climbing up the ladder of role or getting recognized. If the salary or earning part is removed from their work, the work loses its attractiveness. This is how most people would feel. The reason is again traced back to passion. Passion is something that a person does even when there is no money or reward attached to it.
This is one of the major reasons why most people feel it a drag to go to office on Monday.
How can someone come out of this psych?
The first task is to identify his passion. There will be 1-2 tasks he likes to do without the expectation of getting rewarded for doing them. These could potentially be the passion. Identify those areas in current job that the person would get to work on these tasks. The next step is to talk to the Manager to let him know about their passion and what would they like to do in the current job that will create value for the company and also give them a sense of accomplishment. If there are no open positions in the area of interest, volunteer to do it along with your current work as additional responsibility. Once the person starts working on his passion areas automatically he expands his scale of growth. The deep fulfillment he receives working on his passion area is phenomenal. Many companies have realized this potential and created opportunities for people to harness their passion and creativity. Apple is one such example. At Apple what matters the most is one’s passion and it’s connect with the work that he is doing. They understand how a passionate person brings phenomenal value to the organization.
There are next 2 steps after identifying the passion. They are transformation, to transform from novice to expert.