How to Make Mondays NOT Suck #38
How to Make Mondays NOT Suck is a strategic and sometimes satirical mini-series that will make your Mondays less ...sucky. If this is your first time embarking on a Make Mondays NOT Suck (#MMNS) journey, we suggest that read this first. Because let's face it, as optimistic as we may be, we still think that Mondays Suck
Why Does This Monday Suck? (Click here to tell us why yours does!)
Waking up today in the oh-so familiar state of "Just five more minutes", actually became five more minutes.
And then 5 more.
And then 6 more.
Once you finally peel yourself out of bed, you huff and puff at the reality of spending the rest of the day attempting to shift momentum of the week. You drop your hairbrush between the seat during your commute and lose your patience with your Monday Morning self.
Rest assured that the next holiday weekend is merely 34 days away.. (and you couldn't come a day sooner Labor Day Weekend)
How to Make Mondays NOT Suck THIS WEEK
Staying Late at Work
Similar to our Make Mondays NOT Suck Suggestion #35 , today we're discussing another strategy built around time-management and staying late at work.
Although this seems to be up for heated debate, especially among millennials whom are leading the campaign for more life-work balance, we're going against the grain and making the claim that staying late every once and a while will actually benefit you in the long run.
Maybe Not Ideal, Nor Necessary
Although when the clock strikes 5:01PM, it may not be what you had intended to do, but there may have been some unforeseen tasks that have hit your desk. Prioritize, if it's something that needs to get done, devise the most direct route to complete the task and steady the hand.
In this very cleverly titled article "Should I Stay or Should I Go" from the productivity software company Desktime's blog, Julia Gifford suggests these 4 suggestions on how to productively stay late:
- Don't Overdo It!- If that means limiting yourself to only stay late X amount of times a month, then make the commitment to do so. After all, if you're known as the 'stay late' person, this may be a red flag that the way you spend your time during the day is inefficient.
- Be Acknowledged - Julia suggests simply a time-stamped email to acknowledge your extra time at work. We're not saying that we should be strutting our stuff, flaunting the fact that we had stayed late, but without your peers and managers knowing that you're willing to go the extra mile, you may build up a bit of animosity: "I stayed late to have this task done and you don't even appreciate it?!"
- Make it Count - Staying late to send that personal email after hours is not a proper use of time. With that being said, it may be a good time to ORGANIZE your desk and rid your clutter of unnecessary paperwork. We're really going with the ridding of clutter theme here.
- Don't Feel Like You Have To - Understand that you are not obligated to do so, unless your direct manager requests this type of extended hours well in advance. Having a working relationship with both your colleagues as well as your managers will foster a great environment for knowing when to stay, and when to go.
Hey, maybe you'll even get approved for overtime (but as my manager always likes to point out, make sure you request the overtime before you actually work it..It creates a lot less stress).
Until next week, thanks for #MakingMondaysNOTsuck with us!
And don't forget to vent to us about why your Monday Sucks, because just like this tweet (follow us on twitter) describes, we STILL think that Mondays generally suck.
Shooters shoot, and closers close. Go out there and crush this week.