How to Not Just ‘Live for the Weekend’
Welp! Another weekend has passed. I swear, our parents really did have it right when they say it all goes fast! The older you get the more years you have so weeks and months just don’t mean what they used to when you were 10 and only had a few to your name.
It’s actually pretty depressing when I think of how our generation “lives for the weekend”. (Or this is probably just seen through the generations in general). I know for one, I feel a deep sadness on Sunday nights, and granted, I have felt this way since elementary school. It’s not that I didn’t like school or don’t currently like work, it’s just that Mondays are the worst and sometimes, I just want to not go. I mean, come on, you get it. Then there is the elation I feel on Fridays after work! Ahhh. I smile just thinking about it.
Though, I know very well that it is pretty detrimental to think this way. Life goes by fast enough as it is, what are we in a rush to get to? I don’t want to spend my life wishing was Friday afternoon. We have to enjoy each day no matter if its a weekend or not because life is so fragile, you don’t want to waste a second of it.
I decided to come up with a few ways that may help this ‘live for the weekend’ syndrome get toned down a bit. I don’t think I’ll ever feel completely thrilled on a Sunday night or bummed on a Friday afternoon but this will at least help to hopefully bring it down a notch.
- Plan things during the week: Go to dinners, happy hours, gym classes, events or game nights at local venues. Plan a delicious dinner with your girlfriends or significant other. Have a wine night and watch The Bachelor with the girls. Plan things to look forward to during the week, not just the weekend. I know it can be hard because it’s easy to get so wiped out from work but try to make at least one or two plans. Even a lunch with a friend at work can be a nice option! Don’t save allll the fun for the weekend. If you have fun during the week, it’ll retrain your brain to look forward to all the days instead of just two.
- Organize: I feel the most restless on Sundays when I know I have a busy week at work ahead and I don’t feel as prepared. Making to-do lists for the following week on Fridays always helps me compartmentalize my thoughts so I don’t get as overwhelmed.
- Take time to rest on both weekends an weekdays: Having some quiet, down time on weekends and during the week will allow you to recharge and also have something to look forward to…sometimes just as much as having busy plans. If you make sure you do this for yourself sporadically, it won’t make weekdays or weekends seem so overwhelmingly busy/boring. I know this sort of contradicts my first point but what I’m trying to say is balance. Don’t save everything for just one time of the week, spread up time and down time well and you will see more fluidity in how you view your week rather than just good or bad.
- Work from home: If this is an option, take it from time to time. I know I personally get pretty restless sitting in the same spot day after day. A change of scenery can really spruce up your week.
- Listen to music: Let’s face it, you’re not going to escape mundane moments at work. You need them, especially to appreciate the fun, momentous ones. But to make those boring times less of a struggle, do your work while listening to your favorite playlist. I love singing and dancing though so sometimes, I have to save my playlists for the gym so I often opt for jazz or classical music to set a nice vibe for my day. It can be relaxing and also make the day go by without me looking at the clock too many times.
- Be social with your colleagues: We all know there is a time and a place, but it helps to be friends with the people you work with. Keep the boundaries professional and don’t slack off but if you feel like youre in good company during your days at work, it will make it feel less like work because you’ll be enjoying the people around you. I think this is an important factor to consider when interviewing as well.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: JENNA WHITECAR
I work in marketing for a technology company in San Francisco. I earned my degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University where I graduated in three years with honors. With a passion for art, travel, food, fitness, fashion, and of course, writing, I started my lifestyle blog, Jenna Rose Colored Glasses, where I aim to create a creative, fun, relatable space for women to get inspired and share ideas. I am also a freelance content writer for various businesses and am working on a novel.