7 Ways To Stop Waiting For The Weekend
by Fatin Hafizah. |
Here’s a scenario we’re all too familiar with—it’s only Monday, but you’re already planning on what you want to do on Friday night. We spend the first half of the week dreading our work, eagerly counting down the days to the weekend. I’m sure most of us are guilty of this. The weekdays are too long and the weekend is just too short. If you’re like me and are fed up with having to wait for the weekend to do fun stuff, here are some helpful ways you can try to stop waiting for the weekend and enjoy every day like it’s the weekend.
1. Change your mindset
The first thing you need to do if you want to stop waiting for the weekend is to reset your mindset. Once you wake up, decide right away that it is going to be a good day. To make it easier, use positive affirmations and repeat them to yourself. One trick you can use is to set up a vision board next to your mirror and stick positive affirmations on it. So, while you are getting ready, your brain will subconsciously read those positive affirmations over and over again. Another thing you can do is to start the day by doing what you love. If you love reading, read a short article or a short story. If you like running, wake up an hour early and go for that run. Doing the things you love first thing in the morning will help you become more positive and happier.
2. Stop waiting for a reason to use your good stuff
Stop saving your good stuff for a special occasion. I too am guilty of only using the good stuff on special occasions until I read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. In one of her chapters, she encouraged her readers to “Spend Out.” She advised her readers to use all the good stuff and stop waiting for a special occasion because sometimes, there will be no special occasion and the purpose of us buying that stuff is to (surprise, surprise), use it. For example, I once spent a good amount of money to buy an expensive body lotion but I hardly use it because I did not want it to go empty but the joke’s on me as, like any other product, the lotion has an expiration date and before I could even indulge in them, the expiration date has come and I was left with a product that was barely touched and one that I could not use anymore. Besides, using the things that you love will boost your mood and I’m sure we all need a little pick-me-up in the middle of the week. So, stop waiting for a reason to use the good things that you have because chances are, you won’t be able to find a reason. They are already yours and that alone is a good enough reason for you to use them.
3. Do your chores mid-week
A part of adulting is the endless list of chores and errands which you will mostly do during the weekend. A lot of people spend their weekend cleaning their house which in return will steal their resting time. So, to minimise your workload during the weekend, try to do a light sweep of your room every two days or try cleaning your bathroom while showering. You’ll be surprised at how much time you will save when the weekend arrives. Another thing I like to practise is to do my groceries on a weeknight. The grocery stores are less crowded on a Tuesday or Thursday night and you’ll be surprised at how much time you get to save when you don’t need to fight your way through the crowd.
4. Start a Hump Day tradition
Hump Day falls on Wednesdays and it is a term used to celebrate the fact that you have made it to the mid-week. So much can happen in three days and it is easy to fall into a slump. To avoid the slump from taking over your happiness, why not start a Hump Day tradition? Block your Wednesday night and invite a couple of friends over or have a small family gathering to celebrate your small accomplishments. You can also do it virtually (or alone) as the ultimate purpose here is not the gatherings but taking the time to regain your positive energy, thoughts, and focus. No victory is too small for Hump Day.
5. Move your body
As cliché as it sounds, you have to move your body. No, you don’t have to sign up for a gym membership or register yourself in a Flycycle class. You can start small by doing a simple home exercise. There are plenty of videos on Youtube for simple but effective home exercise videos. One other alternative you can try is to exercise at night. All you need is 20 minutes and a simple routine. According to this article on TODAY Health, just a simple walk or light exercise for 20 minutes can bring so much difference to your muscles and mood. Start small but be consistent and you will see the difference.
6. Block one day to not do anything
If you’re the type who likes to bring your work home or work way past your working hours (both are highly not recommended), try to ditch these habits first. If you can’t ditch this habit completely, try ditching it for one day. Block one day where you don’t have to do anything which includes cooking and cleaning. If you can afford it, treat yourself to a cheap but hearty meal so you can avoid cooking and cleaning for one night. It might not seem like a big difference but one break in the middle of the week will help you feel less overwhelmed. Just like your body, your mind needs to rest as well. So, go ahead and take that break.
7. Stop counting the days to the weekend
An obvious but vital step to take. How? Start living in the moment. Focus on your daily task instead of your weekly task. No matter how good you are at doing it, stop multitasking. This article written by Caroline Leaf, a neuroscientist shows why you should stop multitasking. Besides that, it will also help you by focusing on the present and stop you from living in the past or future. Take it one day at a time, moment by moment. This will make you feel less overwhelmed as well as make you appreciate the things that you’ve failed to notice before.
Life will always have its ups and downs and sometimes we let our studies, work, and all the problems cloud our minds to the good things. We have associated the weekend with relaxation so much to the point that we forgot that other days exist for us to enjoy as well. So, I hope this article has helped you in making the most of your time, be it on the weekend or weekdays.
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