How “Getting Through The Week” Became the New Work Mentality

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If you’re like me, where you operate on a 9 to 5 work schedule (or even just any Monday through Friday job in general), then you’re probably familiar with that feeling of getting the “Sunday scaries”.

If you’re like me, then you know this feeling very well and you know that it’s a very legitimate fear.

It’s that feeling of dread and anxiousness you get every Sunday night, knowing that Monday is right around the corner and that you’ll be soon returning to the regular work grind.

For those of us who work very hard at a job that we don’t particularly love, we deeply cherish the weekends.

We “live for the weekends” as some people now say so that we can break free from the confinements of work and can rid our minds of the trials that we faced throughout the work week.

In this modern work culture, we’ve adopted this “live for the weekends” slogan along with the mentality of just “getting through the week” which puts us in a vicious cycle of living our lives on autopilot — Working during the week, then basking in the freedom of the weekends, and on and on it goes.

This autopilot schedule creates staple, autopilot conversations where our co-workers, friends, and family ask us the same typical questions like, “How’s work going?” and “What are your plans for the weekend?”

In turn, we repeat the same answers to the point where it’s almost a well-rehearsed scene in our minds.

I often find myself in these kinds of conversations and think to myself, “I never saw myself living this kind of life”, yet here I am.

I know that I don’t want to live this kind of autopilot life, it’s just that I’m still figuring out a way out of it.

Every day, I dance around a fine line of deciding whether I should settle with contentment or whether I should actually do something about it and work towards the change that I want to create in my life.

Unfortunately, as we should know by now, change is a slow and steady process which doesn’t happen overnight.

So, I suppose for now, I’ll have to settle with “getting through the week” until I get to where I want to be. And I suppose that’s what others are doing as well — Trying to get to the point where we cherish the days rather than the weekends; where we cherish all the days in our life rather than just a select few.