If you have an account on Facebook or Twitter, you might notice the deluge of TGIFs whenever the end of the work week rolls around. And there is good reason for everyone to be happy; you get two whole days of rest and recreation, as well as not dealing with that annoying co-worker who keeps talking about cars. For the same reason, people are saddened by the arrival of Sunday. They know that they will have to wake up early the morning after for another week of exhaustion.
When Sunday night is present, that is when most people tend to get sad since it signals the end of the weekend but here’s the good news: you no longer have to dread Sundays by making sure you get the most out of your few days away from the office. Here’s what you do.
Don’t give in to the temptation of technology all weekend, especially when it’s about to come to an end. You may think that you’ll only spend a few minutes checking up on your social media accounts but before you know it, hours could have elapsed. This is time you will never get back and will have to wait for until the next weekend rolls around. Detach yourself from the computer, take that smartphone away, and try living in the real world for a change.
- If you have any errands or chores that have to be done which don’t involve using your business phone, get them out of the way first. This means doing the laundry, cleaning the house, whatever it is that entails your status as an adult. After all, who wants to take the garbage out on Sunday night? This way, once those unpleasant tasks are over and done with, you get additional time just for you. This time can be used for clearing your mind or creating a schedule for the week so you make sure you start it the right way.
- There are people who feel like they have nothing to live for when they have nothing to look forward to. To avoid getting sad every Sunday, plan something for the middle of the week that will help you get through your Monday slump. Call some friends on Sunday night and plan a nice dinner out, a movie, whatever it is you can all agree on. By doing something pleasant in the middle of the week, it’s like restarting the work week and instead of working for 5 days straight, it’ll be like two days. Just make sure that you don’t push yourself too hard when you’re tired or have something urgent that needs to be finished.
- We all get the same 24 hours per day so make sure to enjoy them the best you can. This may mean waking up at a normal hour but this will give you more time to do more stuff. If you find that you are, heaven forbid, bored, that isn’t exactly a great use for your time. Try to use that for stuff that will do you good. A nap may seem like a great idea but this will do nothing but take hours away from you. You still have to have a bit of a schedule for the weekend so that you have ample time to get everything done and get the rest you want.
Mondays have never been welcome but they don’t always have to be utterly horrible. With a bit of practice and implementation of good practices, you might find that you no longer have to dread Sunday nights and just look forward to the next weekend.