The best Mondays are the ones tacked onto the end of a holiday weekend, am I right? Happy Labor Day!
For my fellow 9-to-5ers, I hope you’re living it up over this long weekend and taking advantage of the extra time off to relax. My weekend has been flying by, which has me already craving the end of the week. Sometimes when that mindset takes over, I have to take a step back and realize how insane that is. After all, life is short, so I should probably stop wishing it away, each weekday at a time.
Although I do enjoy Mondays (GASP) because they offer a fresh new start to the week, they also tend to be a day of dread for a lot of people. Before the day’s even half over, a lot of us are just trying to power through the week to get back to that glorious two-day stretch of weekend freedom. If you’re like me and frequently find yourself living for the weekend, it might be a good time to pause…and figure out why the week is so difficult to embrace.
Sure, Monday through Friday is the typical workweek and is often accompanied by a number of other responsibilities, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a time to enjoy ourselves and soak up life! I don’t know about you, but I’m on a mission to stop “wasting” so much time. In the words of Steve Jobs: “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
Every day doesn’t have to be amazing, but no day should be completely robbed of happiness and passion. Sometimes the littlest things can spruce up an otherwise mundane weekday. Whether it’s adding something positive or taking away something soul-sucking, there are a variety of ways we can soak up an otherwise plain day and stop living for the weekend. Some of my favorites are below.
- Show yourself a little self-love every day. Don’t forget to look after yourself! A little bit of self-love and -care go a long way!
- Stay optimistic. Don’t let Eeyore be your spirit animal. Stay positive; it’ll completely change how you approach each day.
- Practice gratitude. If you’re feeling down or just jaded, don’t forget how much good pops up in everyday life.
- Find time for something you love. A person, a hobby, a passion project, make time for what makes you feel happy and alive.
- Do fewer chores. Having a spotless house can be overrated. I mean, don’t be a slob, but maybe try less at reaching perfection.
- Break away from your routine. Don’t get me wrong, routine is my boo, but mixing things up can help you get out of a rut.
- Make the atmosphere more pleasant. Even if you’re just tackling your to-do list, try adding music, candles, nature, friends, etc.
- Create morning rituals you’ll look forward to. For me that’s coffee. Other great options: journaling, working out, listening to music, or reading.
Any sort of boost that helps you wake up from the usual monotony is worthwhile, and it might just remind you how much potential there is during the week. I’ll admit, the first five days after the weekend can be a pain 😉 but Saturday and Sunday tend to disappear just…like…that…
So here’s to making the most of today and all the other unloved days of the week!
What’s your least favorite day of the week? Why?
Is there something you can do more or less of throughout the week to spice things up?