It’s Monday People, You Know What That Means!

It’s Monday and that means, like so many of you, I am back at work. I have been trying my best not to complain about Mondays anymore. I realized it was a waste to start the week so negatively. I hear so many of my coworkers saying the day sucks simply because it is the first day of the work week. I used to do that too, until I realized that Monday isn’t the shitty day we all think it is. Monday is a fresh start! So this week, don’t complain. This week start fresh and go out and hustle hard!

I have another long week ahead of me but I will do my best to stay positive. Yeah this job isn’t my dream job, and yeah this job can sometimes be both boring and frustrating, but I should make the most of it and learn what I can. I also can’t let anything at this job get to me. All I can do is my best, after that I have to just move on. I also have to stop stressing myself so much over my job too, especially when I’m not seeing any benefit for all my stress.

So, I will not work above my pay grade or for free. This week I expect to get some overtime because I am no longer helping fix people’s problems without getting paid for it. I feel like when I don’t timecard things because it seems like a nice thing to do I am not valuing my own time. And if I can’t work on my side projects because someone needs help then I for damn sure better be getting paid!

I also won’t be fixing problems that aren’t my job to fix. My boss gets paid the big bucks to fix big problems. I don’t get paid what he does so I shouldn’t be working as if I do. I also shouldn’t take on more responsibility than I am paid to. When I do that I am allowing my boss to take it easy while at the same time making a substantial amount more than me. This is not fair to me! So not I will pull back a little and just do MY job and then focus on me.

Outside of work I am going to be generating some ideas for larger art projects to work on. I have been sticking to working in an art journal daily, although it is very basic and plain, at least it’s something. Now I think I’m ready for something bigger, something I could spend a couple of weekends on. As soon as I get started expect some pictures and blog posts on my progress!

And now for my big news, this week I am going to try, yet again, to quit smoking! I have tried many, many, times in the past but nicotine has a strong hold on me. This time around I think I have a quitting buddy though. One of friends who also works with me is quitting too so hopefully we can encourage each other and hold each other accountable. I hope you all will hold me accountable too and I promise to update you on my progress.

So yeah it’s Monday, and the work week has begun. Is going to be rough but we can do it! Just relax and remember to breathe and be awesome :)

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

4 thoughts on “It’s Monday People, You Know What That Means!”

    1. Thanks! I’ve always tried to go above and beyond but I’ve seen no benefit in doing so. So I’m going to stop back and focus just a little bit more on myself :)

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  1. It’s so important to not work for what you’re not getting paid to do. But it’s really hard to resist. There’s so much cultural influence out there that says you should do it to get ahead, be recognized, be a team player, blah blah blah. We need more messaging that tells us that we don’t have to have some strange sense of familial loyalty to a company. A job, even if you love it, is a business transaction and nothing more. I called out my manager and an HR person years ago for this very issue – I was working way beyond my pay grade and told them I was all done being taken advantage of and I wanted a clearly defined list of what someone with my title was expected to do versus what people with the better title & better salaries were expected to do, because at the time I was doing the exact same job as the rest of them. Not surprisingly, I was branded a troublemaker for that. But I had to stand up for myself and I don’t regret it one bit. Life only got better for me since then.

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    1. Unfortunately, this practice is very common where I work. I have been able to step back but I have noticed a change in the amount of respect I get from my bosses. They treat me like a quitter now. Like I don’t care about my job.

      Just last week I heard of a girl with the same job title as me being asked to double check the work of a staff member who gets paid a lot more than us. She is also reviewing and editing our policy handbook, both things are not at all in our job description.

      I have been happier since I stopped doing more than I was being paid to do. I sometimes miss the power and influence I had but I remind myself that it was an illusion and I was only being taken advantage of.

      Thanks for reading :)

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