“Is it Friday Yet?”

“Is it Friday Yet?”

Last updated on April 13th, 2019 at 04:31 pm.

Time for another reflective post! One thing I hear all the time working in an office is people saying things like, “Is it Friday yet?”

Now, I don’t know about you, but I just think this is a funny thing to say. If all you can think about is the weekend, doesn’t that mean you don’t want to be there? I don’t know what other conclusion to draw.

Even if I’m wrong, I don’t think my mind is going to a completely irrational place on this one.

My question is this: many of us seem unhappy, so why aren’t we doing anything about it!?

Living for the Weekend? Why not live for the Week instead?

Look, I get it – we all have bills to pay. But is this really the best way to do it?

I guess to a certain extent, I am calling into question the way we live our adult lives as a whole, rather than any one person. Nevertheless, if all we do is perpetually think about the weekend, shouldn’t we be doing something about it?

Truthfully, that is one of the reasons I started this blog – my hope is that it could eventually become a source of income. That is far from the only reason, though. I really do enjoy writing.

And even if I did start making money from sources other than my job, I’m not necessarily expecting to be able to leave it any time soon. What can I say – I want to be realistic here.

But enough about me. What about you?

Are you one of those people who gets in the elevator and says, “Is it the weekend yet?” Do you find yourself daydreaming during work, thinking about how much fun the weekend will be? Maybe you just can’t wait to go on a vacation to get away from it all?

If you said yes to some or all of those, my question is this: what is stopping you? These are pretty clear signs you aren’t happy, so why aren’t you doing anything about it?

What if you are your own worst enemy?

Okay, so I may not know you personally. But if you are anything like the average person, some things that may be holding you back are:

  • You’re scared of what might happen if you leave. Maybe you don’t even know what exactly you’re afraid of – you just know you are.
  • You have already come up with some steps that would allow you to live the life you really want. Despite that, it’s going to be a lot of work, and you just don’t know if you have the motivation.
  • Maybe you have a family and you are worried about how making a major change would impact them.

I can only do so much to help your motivation, but a lot of these other concerns can actually be helped by an emergency fund. Or, if you want to play it even safer, you could build a buffer beyond your emergency fund.

At the end of the day, it’s up to you

The purpose of this post is to call into question the way things often work in our society. Sure, I do realize that as a single, childless person, it might seem like I have a lot more flexibility than most. And even I have yet to make any meaningful changes. But hey, I’m just getting started.

And like I said, having that extra buffer can make a huge difference in terms of your flexibility. That is something I am working on right now.

If you aren’t able to build a buffer, the key is to create a budget and figure out how you can reduce your expenses far enough below your income. Having everything laid out in front of you is a big help.

Makes changes in your life can be scary, but I think sometimes, they are necessary – like if you aren’t happy.

Are you currently at a job you hate? If so, hopefully, this serves as a bit of motivation. Just remember – at the end of the day, it’s up to you to make a change!


Bob Haegele

Hey there. My name is Bob and I blog about personal finance here at The Frugal Fellow. In particular, I focus on topics related to student loans, investing, credit cards, and sometimes sustainability. Interested in starting a blog? Find out how to become a blogger!

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  1. I so love this and can totally relate. I stayed in jobs because I truly believed in my industry I was supposed to “put in my time” and “do the grunt work”. Which to a certain extent is true. But then when is “putting in your time” considered enough? Long story short, lost my job. I’m so very grateful. Because my commitment to that was empty. And going nowhere. God knew what he was doing. And because I’ve started to pursue things that actually interest me and fuel passion, I’m so much happier! And about to start a new job Monday. Great post!

    1. Congrats on your new job! I have definitely had similar experiences. Granted, I am still working on my long-term plan. But I did actually get fired from a job once that honestly, I know would not have been right for me if I had stayed. Sometimes life is funny like that. 🙂

  2. Interesting points! I’m lucky that I super-super-super love my job. Like, my retirement dreams all include still working, just a little less. I’m so much more (FI) focused than (RE)! But yeah – if you’re slogging through every day just to get to a few days off.. you need a change!

    1. Exactly! Truthfully, I am still working through this one myself. I have no set-in-stone plans for what lies ahead for me. All I know is that if you’re constantly asking yourself (and others) if it’s Friday yet, or if it’s the weekend yet…something isn’t right!

      Something I didn’t mention before is that this does not necessarily mean that early retirement is a must. At the end of the day, finding something that sincerely makes you happy is what matters. And it might be that that is a job! But if you’re doing a job you hate just to pay the bills, that’s when I think it’s an issue.

  3. An interesting take. On the other hand, I can imagine having days where I would be looking forward to a break even if I worked for myself. I think people probably have this sentiment at some point no matter their job, but if you get to a point where you’re dreading going to work then there is definitely a problem. This post actually got me to thinking about situations where you choose not to leave your day job or can’t. Hmmm…..

    1. Oh, for sure. No job is sunshine and roses 100% of the time. So in that sense, I agree completely that it’s more of a percentage thing. Do you hate your job every single day? Is it a daily ritual where you need at least an hour to “decompress” from the stress of hating your job? And so on…these are the things that are definitely an issue in my mind, and yet, I think a troublesomely high number of people have this kind of relationship with their jobs!

  4. I often have no idea what day of the week it is!! That is one of the reasons (a minor reason) I blog. It is due every Sunday so at least once a week I know what day it is. 🙂

    But to your point. I never understood why people would complain about their job day after day year after year and never change it. Sure, we all have complained about a bad day at work, but I mean the ones that never stop and never love it. Life is too precious to be miserable. 🙂

    1. Exactly! I’m working on it – granted, it’s difficult to do while also juggling a full-time job. What keeps me going? The self-reminder that the alternative is continuing to do this for the rest of my life. Not a good thought!

  5. I’ve seen my parents go thru this growing up. It’s the fear of the unknown that held them back, worked 2 jobs each just to support the fam. I totally get the fear though, harder to take bigger risk when someone is relying on you. I could tell they were not happy but they got todo do what they got to do. But yeah, better life is there, if the will is there to support it. I can relate.

    1. True – although that is one of the reasons I am building up my non-retirement accounts. 🙂

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