Does Sunday night get you down knowing that another Monday is coming and you are still going to a job you don’t like? You are not alone. For the jobseeker Mondays can be the hardest day of all.
Monday means another day of searching.
Monday means another long drive to a dead-end job that you can’t wait to leave.
However, you don’t have to dread that 6:00 AM alarm clock. There is a way for the jobseeker to win at Mondays.
Here are three tricks to make the first day of the week a little easier.
1. It starts with your attitude.
Wade Boggs, Hall of Fame baseball player (and former Red Sox great- Go Sox!) once said “a positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.” There is a lot of truth in that statement. A lot of how you succeed and/or fail in life revolves around how you approach it. Just because you’d rather be showing up to your dream job today doesn’t mean you have to look at what you are doing as drudgery. Start the positive chain reaction and who knows; you may find yourself moving towards that dream position sooner than you thought possible.
2. Set your priorities.
How old were you when you got your first job? 13? 15? 18? Chances are you were either delivering newspapers, working a cash register or waiting tables. I will go out on a limb and guess none of those positions would be considered anyone’s dream job.
But you did it anyway. Why? Because you wanted the independence that money of your own brought. While these days you probably are not saving up for your first car, or that sweet new Sony Walkman, you still work so that you can afford things in life. While I would never recommend chasing a paycheck as a career goal, if you are really stuck in a bad job, looking at the bottom line can help you get through it.
Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. -Brian Tracy
3. Be Thankful.
Having a boring job, a dead-end job, even a job that is draining your creative energy, is better than having no job at all. Even in a strong economy there can be as many as 10 million people who are actively looking for work without any employment at all. If you are lucky enough to be a jobseeker who currently has a job to go to on Monday you should count yourself as lucky.
When that alarm rings on Monday, meet it with a positive attitude, with a clear vision of your goals and with a little bit of gratitude. You’ll be surprised how much easier it will be to get through the next 40 hours.