How does Monday make you feel?
As a child, on a Sunday evening, did the sound of the Antiques Roadshow theme tune, or the ritual of preparing for school the next day, bring about a feeling of dread?
How do you feel about Monday’s now? Do you leap out of bed, fresh to tackle an early morning gym session before work, with a breakfast of something involving kale, with a breeze of a commute? Do you look forward to the working week? If you do, great news! No need to read any further.
If you don’t...why is that? Is it the repetitive drudgery of the admin of life that has worn you down? Organising the household and its contents (including people) above and before your own needs? Is it the journey to work- a sweaty train nightmare or a long drive? Or is it the work place? An uninspired office that bathes you in an unflattering artificial glow, which seems to leech calcium from your bones? Or, is it the job itself?
I don’t think any one job is absolute perfection. I think there are elements that you can love very much, and dislike greatly- you might like the role, and your boss, but still hate doing expenses. You might love everything about what you do, except for how long it takes you to get there and back. You might hate a particular element of diary management, but really enjoy working with your colleagues. I think it is very much about balance- what are you prepared to accept, and what can you truly not tolerate. What keeps you going back in, week after week? I think a balance of emotion towards working life is very normal, regardless of job title, age and gender.
If you are miserable about the prospect of another 5 days in the office before the weekend, then perhaps it is time to consider that this may not be the right job for you. Would you consider a change? If not...why not? From December 2018, the retirement age both men and women will be 66 – you might as well enjoy your work, rather than just tolerate it, for fear of change. And no one can change it but you.
Abigail Jones is a career Executive Assistant, with almost two decades' of experience. With three degrees in the Arts, she started working at the V&A Museum, Tate, Christies, Sotheby's before moving into Healthcare, Charity, Fashion/Luxury Retail (L'Oreal) and is currently working for American Express Global Business Travel as EA to the MD.