Excited To Be Back At Work Today? Yeah Right… Unless You’re Experiencing Work Engagement

If you’re not enthused about the return of monday and you wish you’re counting down to your next long weekend, you’re not alone. It’s normal and it’s a feeling everyone is familiar with. Take it easy today. It’s hard to beat the beach and quality time with family and friends — I get it. You’ll get back into the swing of it. Put something on your desk that makes you smile and having something good for lunch today. Remember that you look really great today with that new tan you’re sporting.

Mine was great.  The weather was beautiful and sunny but not sweltering… which is pretty unusually for ATL.  I spent lots of time with the boyfriend and our friends. There was sunshine, adventure, and lots of fun. We headed out of town on saturday and sunday which meant the pups were boarded and I missed them, but I picked them up yesterday evening. The long weekend was exactly what I wanted and needed.

But I’m actually glad to be back at work this morning. And I swear I’m not just saying that to cover my ass in case my boss reads this post. We had thursday AND friday off at my office last week, so I feel like I haven’t been at my desk in ages, even though I did a bit of work from home on thursday and sunday. I have a big week ahead of me and I’m eager to get all my ducks in a row. I want to check things off my to-do list. I want to make progress on my projects. And I’m happy to do all of those things. Is everything on my to-do list fun or glorious? Of course not. There are plenty of tedious things that just have to be done. There are some things on my agenda that I’m a little stressed about. There are also some things on my to-do list that are fun (to me, at least).  I had an absolute blast this weekend and I’m still glad to be back at work on this monday following a long weekend.

I know what you’re thinking and the answer is:  No, I’m not a workaholic.

How do I know?

Workaholism means that someone works harder than they should and for more time than they should. and they’re hating it. There are usually productivity losses and accompanied by negative effects in one’s relationships and personal life. Often, there’s a negative impact on one’s health as well. Despite how we sometimes throw the work around in our everyday lingo, workaholism is never a positive thing and it’s not associated with any positive outcomese. And that’s not just my definition — that’s how the researchers define it.

I’m absorbed in my work but that’s accompanied by feelings of vigor and dedication. I feel really great. My relationships are in good places, my health is good, and I’m pretty productive. I’m a little bit stressed about everything going on this week, but I also know it’s going to be handled. That is what engagement feels and looks like. It feels really good.

If you’re like me and you’re happy to be back at work this morning, relish in that feeling. You won’t always feel this way. It’s weird, but it’s good.

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