Monday blues are the invention of a society that doesn’t love the work it does. We need to fix this society-whatever it takes.
Somewhere we went wrong as a society. There are countless articles on the internet about how to beat Monday blues. They are terrible pieces of advice.
Who created Monday blues?
How the fuck did we get here?
Those are the questions we should be asking.
The origin of Monday blues
Let us start by understanding the root of the problem. As per a story on the internet, which states, and I quote: A calque of German ‘blauer Montag’, ‘blue Monday’ originally denoted a Monday on which people chose not to work as a result of excessive indulgence over the course of the weekend. Under the influence of the adjective ‘blue’ in the sense ‘dismal’, it came to denote a Monday that is depressing or trying.
Thereby, blue Monday emerged as a day where people suffered from the aftereffects of alcohol and could not focus on work. Do not hold me accountable for this interpretation. It is some variation of this.
However, this doesn’t satisfy. I have nothing against people overindulging in alcohol and destroying their livers in the process.
Let us go back to some more research.
How did we reach a point where everyone or most people hate their work?
Salary became the biggest drug and there is nothing wrong with that. We superseded the desire to understand ourselves by the need for a monthly salary which made life predictable and comfortable.
If people didn’t have jobs, they would have to go out in the world, find problems to solve and make the world a little better in their own way. That’s how most people would make their living and put food on the table. That’s entrepreneurship. In order to do that, one has to understand what one is good at, so that he/she can choose the kinds of problems to work on. It is a detailed and uncomfortable process.
The ability to make people without loving or enjoying your work is one of the greatest failure of the human life. Since we spend so much time at our work, the time is not enjoyable if we don’t enjoy our work.
This is the reason people see work as painful. People divide their lives between work life and pleasure/happiness life since their work doesn’t give them joy or happiness.
Hence, Monday blues and the constant desire for the workweek to end and wait for the weekend so that people can do what they want.
We need to create a world where Monday blues don’t exist in popular culture and people are ashamed to have Monday blues.
The world needs companies that pride on having happy employees who enjoy coming to work because they identify with the mission of the company and that should be the only reason someone should work with a company. We need employees who understand themselves and seek employment where their interests and aptitude would be best suited so that they develop a positive worldview of work.
All of us need a world which rejects Monday blues and doesn’t look for 725 ways of dealing with Monday blues. We need a concerted effort since it is a problem that has been created over decades and won’t be solved in one big swoosh.
Why should we deal with Monday blues.
Rather, we need to find ways to eliminate Monday blues from our lives, even if it takes an entire generation to do it. We need to do it, whatever it takes.
What can we do to get rid of Monday blues?
1. Look at work as a blessing and not as a source of pain
Work is a blessing. Work is our way to make the world a better place. Professional work that pays does so because it solves real world problems. If you form a positive world view of what work means to you, you will not consider blues on Monday.
Nah, we don’t mean the boring self-assessment forms that they give you during appraisals. What we mean by self-assessment is understanding the kind of real world problems we would like to work on.
The key to getting rid of Monday blues is to work on real world problems that you find interesting to solve.
3. Find or create interesting work
We must make an effort to do stuff that we find interesting and meaningful. It is a long road but we must walk this road if we are to become a happier and more fulfilling society. As long as we live in a society where most people hate their jobs, which is currently the case as per Gallup, we are headed towards imminent doom.
4. New economy, old challenges
Technology is changing work and redefining business roles. However, human motivations don’t change. Human beings want to be happy, and they won’t be happy as long as they are not happy about Mondays.
Work is a blessing. However, we went wrong altogether as a society somewhere and started looking at work as a source of pain. We need to reject Monday blues, reconnect with ourselves and make work joyful.
It is on all of us individually, and together.
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