Win the work week

September 24th, 2015


To introduce myself, my name is Michael Hurley. I am a senior in the business school and I run cross country and track. I am honored to have the opportunity to write for the Carroll News, a fine organization. When I was given the chance to write commentary for my colleague, Madeline, I had one topic in mind – “Win the Work Week.” (WTWW)


This idea of WTWW has been a subject that an assistant coach of mine and I have been formulating over the past few weeks. This movement is about positive attitude and making Mondays, and the entire work week, an opportunity to better yourself and accomplish your tasks with excitement – much like the excitement that most of us unleash on the weekend. After all, roughly 71.4 percent of your life is lived during the work week, so why wait for the weekend? The idea of this movement is to make gains during the week and to change the perspective of the dreaded Monday, hump day, etc.


Last week, I was all about this. I rolled into campus Monday morning with newly inflated bike tires thinking, “This is my week. I am in control of my own destiny.” I had a list of tasks to accomplish including getting ahead on my studies, prepping my body for the first race of the year, and tying up some loose ends with other work that needed to be completed. The tasks meant nothing to me because I knew I was going to #WinTheWorkWeek.


Let’s fast forward to last Sunday. I had come out crawling from the work week. I was on the tail end of a bad case of poison ivy, had a pretty terrible workout day, woke up at 8:30 for my 8 a.m. on Thursday (a terrible way to start my 5-class-day), raced poorly in my cross country meet, and could not understand why I had terribly lost the work week. I was a zombie all week and did not have a balanced mindset. I was so focused, that the crash of the week seemed to hurt a little more than it should. The work week had me burnt for the weekend, too.


It was at this point when I came across my good friend and teammate, David, in the library. I sat down and talked with him about nothing in particular. As we talked more, I realized I had not truly spoken one on one with David in a long time. David, who had also not raced to his full potential, gave me encouraging words without me asking. His reassuring attitude really was the best part of my week.


From here, I concluded that completely winning the work week is impossible to do unless it is a team effort. It is easy for all of us to get lost in our “task list” for the week and not so much “forget” the people around us, but not truly make others our first priority. Being together during the work week makes defeats much more bearable and victories even greater.


As my assistant coach and I still strive to create the best formula to WTWW, I am noting for future weeks that it is a team effort. Let’s be there for one another not only because it’s the Jesuit thing to do, but because it’s the right thing to do.