Yep, we love Fridays (Friyays?!). We love the heck out of them. We rock the weekends but Monday is always looming...it's only two days for crying out loud! But here's the thing, you don't have to live like that. Wouldn't it be better if instead of living for the weekends we were living full-time?
Of course. So here’s a list of nine ways to make every day a bit more awesome, so you can stop living for the weekends and have something to look forward too besides Friyay.
Get Enough Sleep
I'm going to share a secret here, I'm not the best sleeper; I've struggled with insomnia since college. A few years ago I discovered sleep hygiene (yes, that's a thing), and it's changed my life. Try it. Change your sheets, take a hot shower, drink some tea and celebrate going to sleep.
Go Out Mid-Week
Yes, I know it’s a school night. But hey, now that you’re getting more sleep (see above) you’ve got no excuses to stay out a little late.
Make big plans for a Wednesday: go to a gig, meet up with friends and stay up too late drinking vino, or catch a show. (Just make sure you have coffee ready for the next morning and you’re good to go!)
Use Your Good Stuff Everyday
Pop open the champers you got as a housewarming gift three years ago. Drink it out of a fancy glass (not a coffee mug as I occasionally get caught doing.)
Wear your diamonds, spritz your favorite perfume, burn your candles; stop saving your good stuff for a special day and make today a special day.
Do the hard jobs first
I know I’m not the first person to tell you this, but it’s important because it’s true. Do your hard jobs, the things you’re dreading most on your to list, first.
I find that when I finally do something I’ve been avoiding, I get a little buzz – a mix of relief and a sense of accomplishment, that helps carry me through the day. Plus, once you’re done your tough jobs, the rest of the day will seem easy.
If I’m feeling a little meh and throwing myself a little pity party (oh whhyyyyy must I get out of bed at this ungodly hour…), I try and pull myself together by finding gratitude.
A common idea is to write or name 3 things that you’re grateful for every day; then when I’m feeling cranky or can see a bad mood coming, I open the list and get reminded of how much awesomeness is in my life.
Confession – I am really, really bad at this; 90% of the time I eat lunch at my desk. But, when I do take a ‘real’ break … oh my goodness. The day is so much better. So I’m going to try harder to take my advice and you should too.
If you really struggle to get away for a proper break, at least get up from your desk more often. Make a coffee, stretch, extra bonus points if you can go outside for a few minutes. While you’re there look at the clouds and see how much better you feel about your Tuesday.
Make your home an awesome place to be
Even if you are just sitting on the couch, make it feel special. Burn incense or your favorite candles, get fresh flowers. Turn the TV off, put on some music, and chill out. I recently bought a record player and I'm loving spending time listening to records I "borrowed" from my parent's collection. When's the last time you listened to an album? Give it a try.
Stop doing so much housework
And I don’t mean ‘stop doing so much during the week and leave it for the weekend instead’ – I mean find ways to really do less.
How? Here are 3 ideas:
1. Hire someone to help. If you don’t think you can afford it, check your priorities and ask if there is something else you could give up instead.
2. Own less crap. Seriously, this has been a huge one for me the past few years. If you own less crap, you have less to clean.
3. Lower your standards. Ask yourself what can be done less often? (No one will judge you.)
Stop counting down to the weekend
Lastly, stop counting down to the weekend. When you’re counting down, you’re telling your brain today and everyday till Friday is crap and not worth living. Be present and enjoy today.