Thank God it’s Monday!
Cindy Cyr here … excited to be back at the helm of The Writer’s Life this week, sharing tips for how to be more productive.
Your freelance career and personal life can keep you busy, so it’s important to know how to get more done in less time. This is true whether you’re transitioning to the writer’s life or the demands of your established business are growing.
The other day, I was thinking about my first job out of college. I was full of enthusiasm. Monday couldn’t come fast enough for my first day as human resources manager for a small company.
I showed up in polished high-heel shoes and my navy blue suit. I couldn’t wait to get in there and make a difference.
I wasn’t making much money—not even enough to live on my own. But it was fun to go to work. I was engaged and productive.
Then over time, as I dealt with people’s excuses, complaining co-workers, difficult bosses that I couldn’t fire, and rules that limited success, I realized I was living in a world of mediocrity.
My excitement faded. I began living for the weekends. I joined the thousands of people who dreaded Monday morning. And I chimed in with the cries of “TGIF! Thank God it’s Friday!”
After moving on from that job and a couple of others, I made an observation that has changed the course of my career:
The people making the most money and doing the most good in the world are also the ones having the most fun.
It’s one of the main reasons I transitioned to copywriting. I looked at people like Pam Foster, Rebecca Matter, and Joshua Boswell.
These people kick butt on Mondays and Fridays and every day in between. And they enjoy every minute of it. And because of their enthusiasm, others around them get excited too.
I am happy to say I’m living that type of lifestyle now too.
Which do you identify with? The person who says TGIF or the person who is always excited and “up” when working?
American pastor, speaker, and author Reverend Robert Schuller once commented that the now-popular mantra “TGIF—Thank God it’s Friday” may have done more to damage American productivity than anything else.
This makes sense to me because when you live in that mentality, it affects your "getting down to business" attitude.
On Monday, you are slow to start, tired from the weekend, and dreading your day.
By Wednesday night, you are already thinking about what you are going to do over the weekend, so your mind is less focused.
On Thursday, you are thinking only one more day. And forget about getting any work done on Friday. By noon, you’ve pretty much checked out completely.
This means you really only have two full days of focused productivity in the week.
My brother-in-law often posts “TGIM—Thank God it’s Monday” on his Facebook wall. I love this because it’s a reminder to stay enthusiastic about our work.
When you do, you’ll find you are much more productive. This means you’ll make more money in less time, enjoy your work more, and have more time to do the things you love. Plus, your enthusiasm is contagious! So when you are enthusiastic about your work, it makes others work harder and get excited too.
If you’re wondering how to foster your enthusiasm to make sure you are the one who is always excited about what you are doing, check out my article “Nine Ways to Raise Your Enthusiasm to Increase Productivity.”
What do you do to keep your enthusiasm up for your work? Share it below.
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