TGIF VS OGIM And Other Acronyms Making You Useless at Work
People, staff and bosses alike, often look forward to the weekend so much they just want to get past the week.
And after that epic, mother-of-all-holidays that happened last week (Big shoutout to our muslim brothers and particularly the dude whose one job it was to spot the moon! He’s the real MVP!), and which spanned over the weekend as well finally came to an end.
There’s little wonder why many people in Nigeria, especially students and employees whose routine usually span across a 9am-5pm schedule weekly have so much love for the last day of duty at school and office respectively – Fridays. The general mood in most offices on Fridays is usually lighter which is displayed through the expressions and dressing of workers in many establishments.
Ayo, a Creative Director of a Multimedia outfit in Nigeria says: “If Monday is the poison, then Friday could be viewed as the antidote. Mondays is the beginning, which means I have four more days before I can rest and have time to myself. I hold a lot of meetings on Mondays where issues such as targets, goals, achievements are deliberated upon.”
Olisa, a Client Service Personnel at a top Advertising agency in Lagos, bares his mind on what Mondays and Fridays mean to him:
“I hate Mondays because it means I have to go to work and spend long hours at the office, having to interact with unreasonable and annoying clients.”
Many Nigerians look forward to the weekend because it presents an opportunity to have a deserved and desired rest that eludes them during the week. In Lagos, the city that never sleeps, workers wake up as early as 4am to catch Danfo buses and sometimes to queue for hours in readiness for the cheap fares of the state buses affectionately referred to as ‘BRT’. This is all in order to beat the abysmal early morning traffic jams that are common to Lagos roads. The same applies on the way way back home, after you’d have given your mind, soul and body to the job during the day. Imagine repeating the same process 5 times a week, Monday to Friday and the weekend begins to look like the Savior, Jesus Christ.
“Fridays mostly offer that release from high-octane pressure. There is an unshakable feeling about Fridays that makes me feel calm, in the knowledge that all work-related activities seems to be shutting down.” Ayo Says.
According to Olisa:
“I love Fridays because it means the beginning of rest and finally I can relax. I know I can close early, it is a day used to round up all the work for the week, and as such it represents a close.”
On Fridays, it’s the perfect time for members of the “Night Crawlers Association” to fulfill their revelrous desires in the many clubs around the city and the weekend serves as a good time to recover from hangovers that might have accompanied the fun of the previous night.
Weekends in Nigeria are also times where people pay and receive visits from friends, associates and family. In the southwest, people often tick the calendars in order to wear their latest Aso-ebi’s for various parties, called ‘Owambe’ events that could either be a wedding, funeral, birthday or naming ceremony.
However, as interesting as the weekend fun can be, it is often short-lived because before most people are done saying Thank God it’s Friday, it’s already the “dreaded” Sunday night, a bitter pill many find difficult but inevitably have to chew. It’s on Sunday night most mothers mainly chase their wards to get their home work ready, school uniform clean and go to bed early among other preparations.
On Sunday evenings, the reality of Monday mornings begins to set in and moods begin to change. The sad reality of waking up early, hitting the road only to be held up in traffic begins to play in the minds of many employees. In fact, by Sunday night, many employees are psychologically unprepared for the week they’re about to begin. If you find that you’re in this category of people, maybe some of the tips below are for you:
Prepare for Monday on Friday
Mondays can be extra stressful from work that has potentially piled up from the previous week and, for many, can be challenging to jump right back in. To help combat that Monday morning anxiety, be sure to leave yourself as few dreadful tasks as possible on Friday afternoon. By taking care of the things you least want to handle at the end of one work week, you’re making the start of the next that much better.
Unplug for the weekend
If possible, try to avoid checking work e-mail or voicemail over the weekend, especially if you’re not going to respond until Monday anyway. When you leave the office on Friday, leave your office problems there and focus on enjoying your time off.
Get enough sleep and wake up early
Go to bed a little early on Sunday night and be sure to get enough sleep so that you wake up feeling well-rested. If you’re only running on a couple of hours of sleep, it’s unlikely that you’re going to feel good about going anywhere when the alarm goes off Monday morning. Wake up an extra 15 to 30 minutes early on Monday morning. Take the time to enjoy a healthy breakfast, do some exercises.
Dress For Success
Dress up, perk up and show up ready to be positive and help others be positive. Use Monday as the day to wear your favorite new outfit. This can help build your confidence around the office and might get you a few compliments from co-workers. When you look good, you feel good. Feeling good about yourself is half of the battle on Monday mornings, because rather than being deflated by work you want to face it with confidence.
Make someone else happy
Make a vow to do something nice for someone else as soon as you get to work on Monday. Doing nice things for other people definitely can lift the spirits, and in this case, it could actually help shift the overall mood in your office. Paying it forward can yield great results all around.