“A dying friend once told me, ‘I wish I hadn’t spent so many Mondays wishing it were Friday. I also wish I had made better use of those Fridays, for better stories on Monday.’”
A week is an adventure, full of potential and possibility. A person who brings negativity into the first breaths of Monday; who despises the speed with which their weekend has passed, is not living in the moment.
Get excited about the new week! Channel enthusiasm into the endless opportunities presented to you, be ready for fresh experiences. If you slog along like every day is the same, it will be. Returning to work or school? Plan to push your personal passions into the new week, use your Monday like a springboard for projects and productivity. Every day you are moving forward in your life, don’t try to slow that or make it seem any less magnificent. Loving yourself means indulging in what makes you happy, not moping around as if the universe is thrusting a dreadful life onto your shoulders.
Weekend feels too short? You’re not doing it right. I’ve mentioned before that if you value the vacation of your weekend so much, you need to value every single second of it – or it is wasted. Remain productive! Do something that you can look back on as time well spent. I doubt sleeping away half the day really qualifies as that, unless you are clinically exhausted and wake up with a renewed vigor for life. Have the freedom and relaxation of the weekend present in your smile as you plot the inevitable excitement of the week to come.
Think of what makes you feel undeniably happy, the simpler the better (for me it’s warm sunlight), and find a way to incorporate it into your week. I worked in the basement of a hospital for an entire summer when I was eighteen, sorting pathology slides into boxes. But instead of stressing out every Sunday about the imminent return the next day, I embraced it. Every lunch break, I went for stroll outside to the farmers market. In the mornings, I would do my favourite things on the commute – eat, read, catch up on my favourite blogs – and I didn’t let working in a dark setting keep me from wearing my purple bejeweled sandals or planning fun after-work activities. Do your favourite things during the week, don’t binge on them all weekend and then go through withdrawal when Monday comes around. Make yourself happy every single day no matter what series of letters comes before it.
The day is what you make it. And you know what, you should be scared of Monday – there’s a lot of potential you’ve got to delve into. Now get your butt to work!
If you’re having a really hard time with looking forward to the week/weekend, develop some traditions that create anticipation; things that make you happy and excited. You know what my advice would be?
Ditch Netflix for now. I know, I know, you have everything you could possibly want whenever you want at your fingertips, but believe it or not, there’s a sense of complacency to that. Is there a show on TV now that you’re interested in? Since I started watching Hannibal every week it’s given me something to look forward to, and has become something of a mini event in my life. I turn all the lights off and pay strict attention, then join the live tweets when it goes to commercial break. It beats marathoning through five episodes of some show while scrolling Pinterest the whole time until you’re ready to pass out, trust me. It’s all about the weeklies. By the way, Game of Thrones premiered last night.