Vincy Workplace
August 16, 2013

Have you mastered the two-day work week?

Maybe I’ve been living in America too long, but whenever I go home and have business to conduct, I map out my day and expect to get most, if not all, done. And then the reality usually hits me, after the first day, that it will take a lot longer than expected, because some employees/businesses have zero urgency on getting work done.{{more}} Which makes me ask the question: How many days of the week do you actually work? No, not how many days you physically show up for work; instead, how many days of the week do you pour your heart and soul into what you do? A look at the way some people work would make employers and customers furious. I truly believe that some workers have a two-day work week. Take a look at what a two-day work week probably looks like and you might be surprised at how realistic this is for too many workers. Do you see yourself in this schedule?

MMB – Monday Morning Blues. It’s Monday. Do you really get work done, or are you still reminiscing about the weekend? You are probably too tired to even concentrate on the task at hand; maybe that’s why seminar companies and some business meetings try to avoid Mondays, especially Monday mornings.

Tuesday – It’s just Tuesday. It’s too early in the week to think about the weekend and too late to have the Monday Morning Blues, so you make an effort to look busy and get something done. But how much do you really get done? Something is better than nothing, right?

Hump Day – Ahh, Wednesday. It’s the day when there actually seems to be hope at the end of the tunnel. Spirits begin to lighten as the weekend is only two days away. Once this day is over, it’s all downhill. It’s a day to feel sluggish; isn’t that why they call it “hump day”?

Thursday – This is the last-minute attempt to look like work is being done, tie up a few loose ends that should have been done on Monday, and again look busy as if you had been working hard all week.

TGIF – Thank God It’s Friday. It’s the beginning of a temporary vacation from your place of employment, a two-day reprieve from the people you call co-workers, a break from the drudgery they assign you called work. Time to make plans for the weekend; start working a little late in the morning; visit a few co-workers; at their workstation;, take an extra long lunch because, after all, it is Friday. And who would actually notice if you left? a half-hour or even an hour early? It’s Friday!

Karen Hinds is “The Workplace Success Expert.” For a FREE SPECIAL REPORT on Avoiding Career Killers in the Workplace, send an email to

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