My guess is that you woke up later than you had intended. Garfield, GrumpyCat, that one Olan Rogers video, and other cheesy “I Hate Mondays” memes are probably circulating on your Facebook timeline courtesy of your slightly odd family members. You most likely have already had that same old forced “How was your weekend?” “Good. How was yours?” “Good.” conversation with your coworkers (it seriously goes that way every time, yet you still have that exchange at the beginning of every week). You’re still sipping coffee and trying to wake up even though it’s almost noon. The ole Monday routine, right? Right.
Everybody’s working for the weekend (Thank you for that truth, Loverboy).
But really. Somehow, sadly, our culture has got to the point where we have been taught to dread the week ahead, looking forward only to the next day off, whether that’s the weekend or Thursday or whenever your work schedule allows.
But who said it has to be that way? Who said we can’t love the everyday? Well, I don’t know who said those things, but I do know that you don’t have to live by what they said.
We are called to an abundant life, and I hope a few of these tips will help you learn how to stop living for the weekend – and start living for all the days in between, too.
1. Find your work/life balance and practice self-care each day.
Unless you are intentional about achieving an equilibrium with your work and your life, you will always feel consumed by your job. Boundaries are an essential part of life, and you have to set them and stick to them to feel better about your week.
Living life without first setting limits for yourself will leave you feeling overwhelmed, drained, and taken advantage of. On top of that, when you neglect yourself and practicing self-care, it can also take a toll on your relationships with others! Take time each day to take care of yourself so your week doesn’t feel as dreadful, and you can be the best version of yourself for others, too!
2. Stop keeping count of the days until Friday.
Seriously. Blessings don’t have a schedule. Keeping count of the days until your next off day is ruining the week before it even begins! Be present in each day and make the most of it, no matter if it’s a Monday morning or a Thursday at 2pm.
One of the best days of your life could happen in the middle of your work day, but we all too often rule out the possibility and prevent it from happening. As long as you believe it, good things don’t always have to happen on the weekends. Stop keeping track of your next day off and you’ll discover that each day is a blessing.
3. Be thankful.
It’s all about your perspective when it comes to how a week is going to go – if you think the week is going to be crap, it’s going to be crap.
At the end of each day, try to make a mental list in your head of all the good things that happened. Practice gratefulness and express thanks for those things. Stop setting yourself up for failure by overlooking the positive things that happen every day!
4. Stop saving things just for the weekend.
A big thing that keeps people looking forward to the weekend is neglecting a daily hobby. This perpetuates the mentality that the week sucks because all you’re doing is going to work, going home, and going to sleep only to wake up and do it all over again.
To combat that, try to keep up with a daily hobby. Find what you’re passionate about and start making a habit of working on it during the week. Stop thinking you’re too busy! Also, make plans with friends during the week. Schedule a game night, afternoon hike, or fancy dinner. Like I said, not all the fun things have to happen on the weekend! Treat yoself!
5. Make the necessary changes.
If you do all of these things and you still hate your work week because you hate your job that much, maybe it’s time to make a change. I totally understand that for some people that option may not be a reality just yet, and I’m not saying you have to quit your job right now and go find something else. Sometimes it takes a little longer to accomplish, and I totally get it.
The reality is that you will be spending the vast majority of your life working – why not work at a job that you love? Life is too short. I know it’s not that simple, but it’s worth thinking about.
It’s so easy to get caught in the routine of hating the week and hoping to survive until Friday. I know. But we aren’t promised tomorrow. Why not make the most of your everyday life instead of just working for the weekend?
What are some ways that you make the most of every day? Share in the comments!