There are varying degrees of dread. I think some are normal but some are poisonous. Here are the various degrees I've experienced, from worst to best -
- Pure dread. This one is most poisonous. The dread starts on Sunday evening and already you feel ill about work. You have difficulty even getting out of bed on workdays, and your commute is heavy as you emotionally try to prepare for another horrible day. You need to find another job or way of earning a living ASAP because life is too short to live like this. It's not worth it. Get out.
- Extreme dissatisfaction. You aren't an absolute mess like the scenario above, but you really don't like your job. It's more irritation and frustration than actual dread. You simply go through the motions and are constantly looking for greener pastures somewhere else. Sunday night is a bummer.
- Mild dissatisfaction. You don't like your job, but it's a job. There are probably better ones out there, but this one is familiar enough and it would be too risky or a hassle to find other work. You go into Sunday night with a surrendering sigh.
- Secure. Of course there are other things you'd rather be doing, but it pays the bills and gets you out of the house regularly. Just another part of life. Sunday night is "ok, time to go back to the grind".
- Invigorating. You are so wrapped up in your work you don't have time to think about what else you could be doing. This is it. When you wake up your concern is putting your to-do list together for the day and concentrating on what needs to be done. There's no time for dread, and Sunday night is just another night like any other.
One last note. Regarding personal life/ work life interferences, what I learned to do long ago was a life saver. I started viewing it this way - if I'm having trouble in my personal life, work is my escape from that where I can concentrate on only work and ignore the personal stuff for that period of time. Then, vice-versa. I go home to escape the troubles at work, leave them behind for another day and switch gears to my personal stuff only, escaping work problems.
Do not allow personal things (phone calls, emails, etc.) to go to your work place (emergency only) and don't bring work home with you. Keep them separate. Each one is a temporary escape from the problems of the other. I've found these "breaks" give you time to mentally cool-down and prepare to address any issues more clearly and with a level-head. It makes me far more productive in both areas of my life.