You’ve got a seriously bad case of the Monday morning blues.
It creeps up midway through Sunday afternoon, this unmoveable feeling of dread that has you staying up all night to make the most of every free minute, nostalgically reminiscing about life before fulltime nine-to-five working claimed all your energy.
Come morning, you traipse into the office with barely a second to spare and absolutely zero desire to catch up on small talk or respond to the emails clogging up your inbox.
And it gets worse and worse every week.
The job satisfaction crisis
Your lacklustre attitude and living-for-the-weekend ideology are clear signs that you’re unhappy at work – and you’re not the only one.
A survey from the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD) has found that UK worker’s job satisfaction has hit a two-year low.
The reason for our nationwide record-breaking slump?
We’re no longer feeling engaged or challenged by our jobs.
But falling victim to a widespread problem is no excuse for sitting back and doing nothing to improve your situation.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few suggestions on how to restart your career and beat the Monday morning office blues once and for all.
Give yourself a new focus
Creating a little extra motivation to get out of bed and face the day with determination is definitely a good shout, but it doesn’t have to come from work.
Distance learning courses are the perfect tool to get your natural drive back up again.
Sign yourself up to learn a new skill or build upon existing expertise and, as well as giving your CV an injection of life, fitting studying around your current schedule will force you to show commitment and form better working habits.
Go for that promotion
Tired of doing the same old job day in and day out? You should be – you’ll never be able to improve your career satisfaction if you’re bored at work.
The good news is you don’t have to stick with a role you hate. Speak to your employer about any upcoming vacancies or possible promotions – once they know you’re unhappy they’ll be much better placed to help you find a fresh challenge.
And if your present workplace offers no such opportunities then don’t be afraid to look elsewhere.
Get into a healthy sleeping pattern
Sometimes the problem isn’t always work – if you’re following an unhealthy and unsustainable lifestyle you’re pretty much being your own worst enemy.
Getting into a proper sleeping pattern should be your first priority, as evidence shows a good night’s sleep is essential to keeping a positive attitude at work – after all, only a few hours of quality shuteye makes waking up for any reason feel like a big ask.
Stick to a sleep schedule, even on the weekends, to get your body into a healthy routine and avoid post-work naps – they’ll only keep you awake longer when it comes to bedtime.
Everyone experiences the odd flare up of the dreaded Monday morning blues now and then, but don’t let feeling unsatisfied or unhappy at work become the norm. Follow our advice to give your career a boost and make your working life enjoyable again.