It's that time of the week again – the day that feels like the world's biggest challenge. That's right: we are talking about Wednesday, also known colloquially as hump-day!
While you probably breezed through Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday just seems to "snag." The weekend's rejuvenation has worn off. You may find yourself struggling through meetings and "zoning out" while others speak.
If you haven't had a particularly exciting week or are already feeling overwhelmed, you may be wondering if you'll make it to Friday.
So, with that in mind, we've compiled a list of helpful hints to make your hump-day go as smoothly as possible!
Make Wednesdays the day of transformation. Disallow a workplace behavior that is most likely not benefiting you — and revise the "status quo." For example, try not to contradict anyone throughout the day. Without interrupting, listen. Avoid sending emails that could be replaced by a walk down the hall. You get the picture.
Try to prepare as much as possible in the morning to ensure that you are well-organized throughout the day. This will keep you busy and organized, and will take your mind off the hump-day blues!
Tip: Write down and number everything you need to do in order of importance, then tick them off as you go (simple but satisfying!).
Begin the day with a bang.
Have you got a favourite co-worker or business contact? Allow yourself enough time to contact them first thing on a Wednesday — it's a great way to boost both perspective and mood.
We've all experienced the euphoria that comes with hearing our favorite song. So why not make music a part of your hump day?
Music has been shown to increase work productivity.
So, put on your favourite playlist, put on your headphones, and shuffle your way through hump day like a boss!
Demonstrate your appreciation. Make Wednesdays the day to thank as many people as possible for making your work life better. Bring your "stars" coffee or a danish and make a promise to stop taking people for granted.
Learn a new skill.
If possible, try to carve out some time in your busy schedule to learn something new. Learning a new skill will not only keep you busy, but it will also benefit you in the long run.
This can be as simple as learning a task or process that is not required of you in your job role but may benefit another department in your organization or one of your colleagues.
Build on a successful foundation.
Examine the previous week's events and identify at least one success. Make a list of two or three actions that would build on that progress and keep the forward momentum going. Now proceed with caution.
Have a good time
Okay, we get it, you're at work, so you're probably not having too much fun. But just because you're working hard doesn't mean you can't have fun.
Hello and happy hump-day!