Thursday Post-Vacation is the Worst

Monday back from vacation is hard. But it pales in comparison to Thursday.

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Monday back from vacation is hard. But it pales in comparison to Thursday.

Monday is delusional optimism, for committing to saying “yes, absolutely!” For pledging to cook more, work smarter and get more sleep. For reading articles like “top 10 reasons to move to Denver.”

Thursday is grounded panic; the week is almost over and you’re still buried.

Monday’s inbox is full of promise, opportunity and challenges that will leave you a better person.

Thursday’s inbox is full of 200 new actionable emails on top of the 175 leftover from vacation.

Monday is “I’ve got this.”

Thursday is “I will never dig out or catch up. On any level. Ever.”

Monday is wishing your co-workers and fellow commuters (working hard while you were on vacation) would cheer the f*** up already. Monday is pledging to have more fun. Life is short!

Thursday is for crawling in to a ball under your desk to cry mercy 🙂

Laurie Thompson is a Principal in the Global Financial Services Practice at Heidrick and Struggles, the executive search and leadership advisory firm. She is also an aspiring author who writes about integrating professional life with motherhood.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author’s.

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