6 Ways To Make Hump Day Work For You
Wednesday, otherwise known as “hump day”, tends to do 2 things for people:
- It reminds us of the challenges the last 2-3 days and what we’ve had to work through and overcome
- It gives a sense of dread as we look to the remaining 2-3 days of work ahead of us
Whether we work a 5 or 6 day week, we can use “hump day” to recharge our focus and finish strong the rest of the week. Here are some easy ways to make “hump day” work for you:
- Reflect on the positives. Think about what has been accomplished so far. Where has the needle been moved? What sub-steps towards a goal have been achieved? Where did you or others around you grow and develop? Find those successes and revel in them.
- Understand the week’s opportunities. No doubt there has been challenges or failures this week. Think on them and look to find how they could have been resolves or mitigated. Put corrective plans into action if applicable. Work the last half of the week to learn from the first half.
- Review the goals and greater vision. Take the time to re-tool your vision. Read your goals, company’s core values, and dream a bit. This helps re-orient the bigger picture and gives and undercurrent direction in what you will do over the next few days.
- Re-prioritize your task list. Sometimes you need to re-shuffle your to-do list as urgencies have died down or priorities have crept in. Make the list work for you, not vice versa.
- Recharge outside of work. Take Wednesday to recharges yourself. Take a walk or a drive. Go out to dinner. Attend a mid-week church prayer service. Play with the kids. Talk with friends and colleagues on the phone. Watch a movie mid-week. You’ll refresh yourself mentally and be ready both spiritually and physically to finish the week strong.
- Charge forward. Dive into the remaining days with fervor and a renewed zeal. Focus on your goals and end the week stronger than you started. Then when your weekend starts, you can look back with satisfaction at a profitable and effective week.
“Hump day” is a great day of the week for us to correct our course and set ourselves up to success. Make it work for you by approaching it with purpose rather than dread.
Do you have a “hump day” strategy that you use? Let me know by leaving a comment below!