- August 24, 2020
Is it just me, guys, or what’s up with Mondays?
It’s out there in the public domain that Monday is the most loathed day of the week. It’s the day most people are moody. An innocent act like sneaking up behind someone you’re well acquainted with and tapping their shoulder could earn you a hard slap on the face if not some scathing choice words. What’s up with Monday, really?
A flashback. Long before the unprecedented COVID-19 brutally struck and forced us all to social-distance, going to the office was a must. While it was always a struggle for me, mainly because I had to wake up early to beat Nairobi traffic, I figured Mondays were the worst.
Fast forward to the current time, where things have changed, and COVID-19 has us working from the comfort of our homes. I’ve learned a lot, including the truth that an office is not a place, but space. You can create a working environment anywhere and be productive. And while I thought Mondays would now be smooth and refreshing, because I’m at home and I don’t have to wake up before the sun rises, I was shocked to find out that Mondays still sucked—a bit.
Saturday and Sunday are my off-days. No sitting at one spot in my house, wearing my blue-light blocking spectacles, making zoom calls, and writing reports. Over the weekend, I get to catch up on episodes of entertaining T.V. shows, hang out on the rooftop with my neighbours, nap, read novels and enjoy writing fiction. Then Monday swings around, and I wish my weekend could extend a bit. The anxiety actually starts on Sunday evening, and there’s just a weight in your chest that makes you moody and fractious. This anxiety is called Sunday Blues.
But why don’t we feel the same about Wednesday or Thursday? According to a research that was published by Mind, a UK organization that palms out support and advice for people with mental health issues, Monday is the most stressful day of the week, triggered by anxiety and a dislike of having to go back to work after the weekend.
But in an interesting twist, research shows that Monday is infact the most productive day of the week.
Personal Development Challenge, a mentorship company in Nairobi that develops corporate and personal potential, argues that it all depends on your passion for your job. If you’re doing a job you’re passionate about, where more than just earning a salary, you fulfill an inner itch stirred by talent and innate abilities, Monday will be like a weekend for you.
Enough with all the serious stuff and research, now let’s have some fun. How about a dose of humour to brighten up your Monday? Enjoy the following job-related jokes, and have a brighter Monday!
Enock blows his interview:
During an interview, Enock was asked what his salient strength was. He scratched his head deep in thought, and then in a lowered, defeated tone said, “I can’t tell.” A day after the interview, he called his interviewer, with his spirits so high.
Enock: Hello, it’s Enock. You interviewed me for the position of an accountant on Wednesday.
Interviewer: Yes, Enock, how can I be of help to you?
Enock: During the interview, you asked what my strength was, and I never answered. I’m calling to tell you that I forgot to say to you then that my strength is my ability to remember things.
Why John quit his job at NIKE:
Nancy: Why on earth did you quit your job working for NIKE?
John: Oh, I just couldn’t do it anymore.
We are looking for a mirror salesperson:
Dave: I’ve seen a job ad on the papers. The job entails selling mirrors.
Patricia: Really? I’m interested. Selling mirrors is a job I can see myself doing.
The jobless doctor:
I’m a patient man. That’s why I studied for seven long years to become a doctor. But after graduating, now I don’t have a patient. Maybe I should have just gone to the village to become a fisherman. That’s a net income I can live with.
It’s said that nothing ruins a Friday more than the understanding that today is Monday. Here’s to wishing you a productive week ahead. May every day, not just Friday, be a lovely day.
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