April 25, 2011 / 12:24 PM / 9 years ago

Management Tip of the Day: Got Monday On Your Mind?

A weight lifter practises during a training session at a provincial training base in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong province July 9, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - If you get anxious on Sunday nights, just anticipating the weekly grind that will start again in a few hours, it might be time for an adjustment, says Harvard Business Review.

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“If you spend Monday through Friday doing what you have to do and Saturday and Sunday doing what you enjoy, Sunday nights can be a real downer.

Instead of getting anxious about going back to work, find ways to make the weekend last all week:

1. Find purpose. Work holds little worth if you don’t believe what you do matters. Almost all organizations create some social value. Don’t get lost in the humdrum; look up and remember that what you do has a purpose.

2. Stop the meaningless tasks. Mind-numbing activities can make work torturous. Look out for tasks that don’t add value and stop doing them.

3. Keep it fun. Work doesn’t have to be boring. Look for opportunities to engage in friendly competition or make your work more social.”

-Today’s management tip was adapted from “Make the Weekend Last All Week” by Ron Ashkenas.

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