Second, I'd like to think we have something to look forward to outside of Saturday and Sunday; maybe you love going out with your colleagues after work or you look forward to a Wednesday evening class.
Still, there are ways to make your weekdays even better. Here are 5 so very simple but terrifically effective strategies for enjoying your day a little more purposefully:
1. Get Up Earlier
For me, I like getting up between 5:30 or 6, seeing my husband off to work, bringing a cup of coffee into my office, opening my window, and enjoying the cool morning air while I write. I can write with far more focus in the early morning. Other days I take the dog for a walk first thing, enjoying having the streets to ourselves.
Maybe all you need is 15 minutes to read, 20 minutes for a walk, or 45 minutes for a sit-down breakfast. But if you find yourself feeling rushed in the mornings, consider building in some you-time first thing. You'll be amazed at how it can set the tone for your day.
If you're already an early bird, are you using your time in a way that it enjoyable or otherwise sets your day up for success?
There are lots of ways to incorporate movement into your day. Most importantly, do what you like, and what serves your interests. If running is important to you, by all means, schedule in a morning, lunch hour, or post-work jog. But even just reminding yourself to take stretching breaks at your desk, do some stairs in between classes, or dancing around to music while cooking dinner all serve to keep up your overall energy and vitality.
3. Schedule Social Time
Time to anything - especially anything social and / or self-care related doesn't just magically appear. You have to make it happen. Schedule blocks of free time in with your other obligations. And you don't have to meet a friend for dinner. If you both have more flexibility in the morning, why not meet for coffee or a walk instead?
4. Make A Checklist
Your checklist might either be a schedule, with specific times assigned to different activities, or you might prefer a more flexible to-do list where the only goal is to check off all of the tasks before going to bed.
5. Do Something For Yourself & For Another
And then, go ahead, reward yourself. Make your favorite dinner, buy fresh flowers, take your dog to the dog park, make time for your favorite television show, or let yourself take an extra-long shower. Just cause it's not the weekend doesn't mean you can't luxuriate a little.