Well, excited, yes. But not MORE excited than you are for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday…and Sunday evening.
It breaks my heart when I see people doing what I call “waiting until“! Until what? Until quitting time (I even hate the word ‘quitting’ – are you quitting or simply moving to another part of your day?), until the weekend, until vacation,… until retirement.
I see SO MANY PEOPLE doing this. And, yes, I’ve been one of them, which is one reason I chose to step away from the corporate world and start my own business (more on that another time). In my case, during a particularly stressful job in advertising, I found myself getting increasingly tense and stressed as Sunday afternoon moved into Sunday evening, then nighttime. I was DREADING going to work the next day, and for the next week. Don’t get me wrong. I loved the people I worked with (most of them), I enjoyed the work I did (mostly). What I hated was the WAY the work was done. And, frankly, how people were treated: more like commodities than assets. This is not unlike so many others I’ve known who’ve worked for different employers, in different industries. And national disengagement levels tell me the problem has grown!
If you do the math, “waiting until” the weekend means you are investing 5 days of work for 2 (or less) days of pleasure. And that’s based on a 5-day workweek, not counting overtime and 24/7 connectivity. I don’t need an MBA (though I have one) to tell me that’s a terrible return on investment (ROI).
And it gets worse when you consider people investing 50 weeks of work for 2 weeks of vacation – if they take it and if they stay present to it vs. checking in with work during that time.
And the biggest tragedy? People who white-knuckle it through a job, or even a career, “waiting until” retirement. So, assuming they work from the age of 22 until 63 (the average retirement age in the US), that’s 41 years of work. Again, using US data, according to Google, the average lifespan of Americans is approximately 79 years. So that’s a return of 16 years of retirement on 41 years of work, or a 40% ROI. Important: This is based on two assumptions: (1) that you are doing what you want to do and find pleasurable in retirement, and (2) you are relatively healthy and able to live well until you die.
Please note: I am NOT against work – not in the least. What I AM against is people doing work that bores them; makes poor use of their skills, talents, attitude and passion; or makes them downright miserable – and likely ill!
One of my core beliefs is that “Life is too short to be miserable, and too long to be broke!”
My invitation to you: If your work doesn’t light you up, if you’re not as excited for the weekdays as you are for the weekend (or vacation or retirement), change it. It may not be easy, it likely won’t be a popular decision, but it’s YOUR LIFE we’re talking about here. There are no do-overs, but their are opportunities to make new choices…always.
My offer to you: If I can support you through coaching to make the changes necessary to have meaningful, exciting work and a vibrant, joyful life, please reach out for a complimentary consultation. I’d love to talk with you!