We’ve all been there – it’s Sunday night, and instead of enjoying the last few hours of the weekend, you’re dreading the start of the workweek. You’re not alone. In fact, more than three-quarters of respondents in a recent Monster.com poll report having really bad “Sunday night blues.”
Fortunately, there are ways to stave off a case of the Sunday night blues, according to Monster Career Expert Vicki Salemi.
“There are many tactics people can use to reduce Sunday night blues, so they are less stressed and more prepared to conquer the week," says Salemi. “Seeking work-life adjustments, and managing work-flow throughout the week can do a great deal to alleviate the blues, but ultimately it could be a sign that you need to find a job that better suits your goals or lifestyle."
To alleviate the Sunday night blues, Salemi recommends:
Conducting a "Friday Review" – Take 15 minutes at the end of the day on Friday to quickly sort your tasks and build a to-do list for Monday.
Managing Your Management
– Use technology to keep yourself 'in the know' while you're enjoying your weekend, by using smartphone apps like calendar, task, and note-taking software.
Calibrating Your Work-Life Balance Beam
– Set aside official "on the beam" and "off the beam" moments to delineate and ensure time for exercise, time with family or time to unwind.
Getting Out the Microscope
– Think about what specifically causes your Sunday night blues, identify the triggers, and work on ways to prevent or remove those stressors.
Knowing Your Goals
– Look at what you'd like to learn, the job description of the position you want or the career path, and then create a proactive plan. Review and adjust it regularly.
Paying Attention to Positivity
- Review your wins and keep a running list of accomplishments, however small, as well as recognition from your colleagues.
– Sometimes, it's time to look for something else. If you're truly unhappy in your current position, outline a plan to find a new job with elements that make you happy and productive.
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