Have you ever noticed how often people say, “Can’t wait for the weekend!” or, “Is it Friday yet?” This mindset is especially common for people who work 9-5 jobs from Monday to Friday. Maybe it’s just an easy conversation point, but it has become a cultural norm to complain about the weekdays.
If you’re always counting down days to the weekend, you’re telling your brain that weekdays are just days to get through and you’re subconsciously making them more dreadful. If you’re really living for the weekend, then you’re only really living for about 8-10 days out of the average 31-day month. That leaves around 21-23 weekdays in a month that you’re not enjoying and making the most of.
So why do we spend so much time and energy hating on weekdays and only focusing on weekends? I’ve definitely been guilty of this. I’ve caught myself going through the notions of the week like a robot: commute, work, commute, Netflix, sleep, repeat. This was the typical weekday routine for me, and it was making me bored and miserable. It took some time for me to realize that my weekdays didn’t have to be so routine and humdrum. I learned to train my mind to not automatically assume a weekday will be dreadful because I have to go to work and take care of different responsibilities. I’m still learning to shift my mindset, and I’ve implemented some helpful tips that have made my weekdays much more enjoyable.
Solidify your morning routine. If you start each weekday by rolling out of bed and giving yourself 20 minutes to get ready before work, you’re priming your day for chaos. There’s plenty of research that correlates a healthy morning routine with productivity and success. If you don’t have a morning routine, start by waking up earlier than usual and doing one thing that makes you happy. Stretch your body, read a book, cuddle your dog – whatever you like. Consistently doing something for yourself every morning starts your day on a more positive note. Check out this post on becoming a morning person.
Practice gratitude. Your weekday will automatically be less dreadful if you start acknowledging aspects of your life that you’re grateful for. I use a journal (the five-minute journal) to easily jot down my gratitude every morning and night. It’s a simple task but one that has a compound effect on your life. Expressing your gratitude daily will make you more appreciative of each day you are alive and well.
Designate a theme to each weekday. If your weekdays are mundane from the same work schedule and commute, spice them up by designating themes to each weekday. I like to make Mondays my “pamper nights.” Regardless of how little free time I have after work, I make it a priority to dedicate a chunk of time for self-care, whether it’s painting my nails, taking a bath with a few drops of relaxing essential oils, or something simple like switching my bed sheets to a fresh set. On Wednesdays I like to schedule date nights, whether it’s trying a new workout class with a friend or seeing a movie with my boyfriend. Scheduling a social activity breaks up the typical mundane workweek flow, and spending time with your friends and loved ones reinvigorates you. Do your best to avoid coming home after work and numbing your brain to a Netflix binge-watch session. Regardless of how big or small the activity, planning something exciting and different for each weekday gives you something to look forward to and kicks you out of the “living for the weekend” mentality.
Take breaks during the day. It’s so easy to work through a lunch break or eat at your desk while working. Once in a while it’s necessary depending on your workload, but in the long-run you’re doing yourself a disservice. Constantly grinding at work through your weekdays might make you feel productive, but avoiding taking breaks will eventually leave you feeling burnt out. Take advantage of your entire lunch break. Focus on the food you’re eating, take a walk, and spend some time away from your desk. Take breaks to disconnect from your work – it’ll help you feel happier and re-energized. After all, those two weekend days won’t give you enough time to properly rest after grinding all week, so it’s to your benefit to take breaks often throughout your weekdays.
Every hour of life is valuable, and the only thing you can’t buy more of is your time and life span. Don’t wait until the weekend to live your life. Implement these small steps to change the way you perceive weekdays and how you live your life.
Born in Ukraine and raised in Chicago, Iryna takes pride in her Ukrainian roots. She loves writing, cooking (and eating) all kinds of food, pursuing new fitness trends, and exploring all things related to personal growth. She hopes this blog brings you value in one way or another and helps you to become a better version of you.