Wednesday has arrived. Bring on the midweek slump. We’re closer to the end of the work week than we were on Monday, but Friday still alludes. Hump Day, as Wednesday is often referred to, can be draining as worker bees and queen hustlers attempt to make it over the midweek molehill. Some weeks seem longer and more-draining than others. But no matter how difficult it’s been, breezing past the Wednesday blues make the difference between a dreadful or a positive Thursday.
Happier, an organization that collects moments to boost the spirits of its users, found its workers were less energized on Wednesdays. Cofounder and chief happiness officer, Nataly Hogan, noticed the impact midweek slumps had on her colleagues and the overall morale of the office. So she devised a plan to fix it.
Hogan established Happier Hour, a break at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The team shuts down their computers and convenes under a neon sign to laugh, drink and converse about all things unrelated to work.
She sees the happiness of the employees as inextricable from the success of the company. “The team gets to a different level of honesty and trust during that time, so it’s a really a great informal feedback mechanism,” she explained.
It also boosts productivity. “I think switching off your brain from what you doing for an hour or so really helps you refocus,” she said. “So to be able to mix some social time at work with your colleagues with a productive environment I think is really special.”
Unfortunately, we don’t all work for companies as unconventional as Happier. Fast Company, a tech magazine with a keen focus on revolutionary workplaces, offers four tips for those dragging through the week without a Happier Hour or similar reprieve.
Change how you deal with Wednesdays.
Instead of thinking about Wednesday as a day to struggle through, think of it as a chance to take a little break, catch your breath and refocus on your goals. When planned properly, Wednesday is a great mid-way point and the perfect day to touch base with others and get motivated.
Take a break.
If you struggle with the mid-week slump, plan a lunch meeting or a career building activity. Schedule in a break for yourself and use the time to do things that make you feel enthusiastic.
Focus on other career building activities.
If you are looking for a job or trying to get to the next level in your career, use your Wednesday afternoons for career building activities like networking, going on informational interviews or having a catch up meeting with colleagues. It might seem like you’re being lazy, but these activities are a great way to get a new burst of energy.
Put a sticker on your calendar.
Sometimes, it’s the little things we do that can make the biggest difference. Try putting a silly sticker on your calendar every Wednesday. It’s a small thing, but every time you check your schedule, you’ll smile a little and it’s that small little change that will keep you feeling enthusiastic.
How do you get past your midweek slump Clutchettes?