Over the last year I’ve developed a particular disdain for the phrase ’Thank God It’s Friday’, of which I’ve given the moniker ‘TGIF Syndrome’.
The characteristics of TGIF Syndrome are often very obvious, and the most apparent is busyness (or constant reminder of busyness, i.e. ‘I am too busy to…’).
Realistically though the reason for TGIF Syndrome is a lack of priority, or self management skills. It is fundamentally important to value your own time, and yourself, throughout the week (not just weekends).
TGIF Syndrome is also very much a ‘glass is half full’ view of a very significant part of one’s week. Work takes up 40 hours of face time, and even more time in travel, the always on nature of our Internet devices, and other demands.
While a weekend is a great, sacred, and beautiful two days earned for hard work performed throughout the week, it is not the only time you can seek fulfilment or achieve personal goals. There are two main reasons that I don’t like TGIF Syndrome:
- We see the weekend as our reward for performing tasks throughout the week, and we end up writing ourselves off as the actual reward—a counterproductive and futile response
- There’s no reflection on the week passed and what was achieved, so we end up rinsing and repeating the week endlessly until we’re burnt out (physically and emotionally)
Instead, I prefer to flip it around and think ‘Thank f$%# it’s Monday!’. As we all seek fulfilment at work we’re able to achieve it through the art of productivity.
I expect that in almost all cases where TGIF is proclaimed, it was due to a long week wherein productivity was probably maxed at the 80% mark, regardless of hours spent.
More time at work isn’t the answer. Self management, and a forward thinking approach is needed, and it is surprisingly easy. By simply reversing our thinking we can begin to plan our week on a Monday, and reflect each morning of our work week to ensure we’re hitting our goals.
What is achieved throughout this process is:
- A clear, guided plan for the week
- Ensuring that you value your own time (mental and physical)
- A prioritised list of items you need to achieve
Suddenly, and most importantly, we’re working to live and not living to work. Soon we will be proclaiming ‘oh shit, it is Friday’.
There are endless articles on how to create a good todo list, and more to do list apps than needed to help you as well. I find a hand-written to do list is the best approach for me, as managing my tasks via a digital medium is the same as committing to memory.
Similarly there are also endless articles on how to prioritise and value your time.
So, stop complaining about your week and control your own time. You’ll feel better, your work life and output will improve, and you’ll probably be noticed more for your performance.
Thank F%#! it’s Monday, right?