Monday Morning Work Life

The weekend is over and here we are at Monday morning once again. Like most I will be off to a job that is demanding in the sense that there is just too much work to be done and not enough staff to address it all. A list of work arrives on my desk each morning setting the stage for the days schedule and appears to be manageable in that it is possible to accomplish it in the allotted hours of the day. But each day other issues come into play that need my immediate attention which pull me away from the my routine sometimes for hours in length. At times I find myself many days behind on my working schedule and can feel like it is impossible to catch up.

This seems to be the new model of the work world most of us live in. So how does one maintain a “good attitude” when it seems that the treadmill is constantly being cranked up to a speed just beyond our control?

The truth is that each job I take on is important to me and the person I am performing it for. I want to provide the best possible service I can but also know that I have a huge list of other tasks at hand that also need my attention.

The belief that I could actually accomplish all of the work that is given to me each day is a fallacy and there are just certain things that are more important than others. Certain things must always take center stage over others and while I am giving 100% each day, there is just so much that I can do. I will not complicate my day by allowing myself to become stressed over the amount of work being demanded from me because during those stressful times less will get accomplished and mistakes will arise.

Although I strive each day to be the best I can, there are times where I here statements from others who depend on the job I perform each day: “What do you people do all day?” “I just don’t understand why it hasn’t been addressed yet, I called the request in yesterday?” And many others with four letter words I choose not to repeat.

This is the new model of the typical modern work life and I am certain that each of us feel the same pressure each day and fear the thoughts of Monday morning arriving once again.


About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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5 Responses to Monday Morning Work Life

  1. Kim Smyth says:

    Sounds like a great Monday mantra! Stay stress-free my friend!

  2. Mommytimesthree says:

    This article is timely. The team that I manage and I have felt all that you describe. So much to do and not enough staff to do it. I always tell them to do their best and try not to stress about what is left behind. Stressing causes mental paralysis…you just sit there being non-productive.
    Thanks for the words or wisdom. I’m off to do all of the work left from last week. πŸ™‚

  3. kkeevins says:

    Sometimes a job is simply a means to an end. I always tried to do my best and truly loved my job. BUT, my paycheck allowed me to participate in my “real life.” Retirement is the time to fulfill that bucket list. If we’re lucky, we make it to that point. At those points in my career where the stress was just too much, I tried to walk (it off) during my lunch break. That, deep breaths, and gratitude got me through. One day at a time. You’re doing well, Bill — you always use the tools you have to capture serenity! BRAVO!

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