Career

What Your Monday-itis Is Telling You

It’s Monday morning. Your alarm steals you away from your peaceful slumber and sends an electric shock through your body launching you into consciousness. Then reality hits you: it’s time to get ready for another week of work.

As you madly try to pack your bags or scramble to make a healthy breakfast for that new diet you promised to start today, your stress levels are already alarmingly high.

The work doesn’t excite you, you don’t feel like you’re contributing to anything meaningful and your motivation is at an all-time low.  You start thinking, “What’s wrong with me? I get paid well, I have a pretty decent job, so why am I so ungrateful?”

The weekend gives you a glimpse into the life you love. But come Sunday, that dreaded feeling starts to lurk in your belly.

Searching for meaning

Breathe a big sigh of relief because you are absolutely not alone.  This feeling is so common in fact that a 2016 survey from Converge Limited in Australia, found that 72% of people are searching for purpose and meaning through their work and 49% of workers will likely look for a new position within the next year.

Similarly, a 2016 global survey from 26,000 LinkedIn users (compiled by Imperative), found that 74% of people want a job where their work matters i.e. they feel that they are contributing to something bigger than themselves.

Find out what you don’t like

Fear not, there is a silver lining in this cloud. Dreading going to work or spending time in your job doing things that you don’t enjoy actually serves a very important purpose. If you don’t know what you don’t like, then how can you really be certain on what you do like?

As Dr John DeMartini, renowned author of ‘The Values Factor’ teaches, understanding and knowing the lowest priority values in your life is a great guide and signpost to get you on track to what you value. Basically, it means that when you can articulate what you don’t want to do, it helps to steer you closer to what you do want to do.

The trick is to note this down and to work out what is it about your job that you dread. Is it the type of work, the environment, the people or something else altogether?

Once you have figured this out, you then need to understand what’s important to you, both personally and professionally.

Understanding yourself fully so that you can find out both your highest priority values (the things that inspire you and make you tick) and likewise your lowest priority values (the things you dread that drain your energy), is one of the foundations to finding a career that aligns to who you are.

Find your passion

At your next social gathering, ask your colleagues or friends what led them to their current career. Guaranteed you’ll hear the same responses over and over. They go a little something like this: “I just fell into my career”, “It seemed like a good, stable career path to follow”, “It’s what I studied at University so here I am”. And for the majority of people, one snap decision at a moment in time takes them on a career path that they never even planned.

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of wingin’ it or fast decisions, but the secret to any career that is going to last for you needs to align to who you are as a person, and most importantly play to your strengths, at least hint towards your passions and finally gives you that feeling of purpose.

So, next time that dreaded Monday-itis starts creeping in, have a think about what it is that is causing this resentment. Start understanding yourself better to plan what needs to change in your life, and bring back the joy.