Monday to Friday is a work-ridden, commute-filled drudgery. In comes the weekend, with fun, parties or maybe just lounging around. The weekend rounds up and it’s back to work, as the cycle repeats itself over and over again.
For some people, that’s an incredible way of life. And our philosophy here is to always do what makes you happy. So if that’s what you like, you have our full support. 👍
For others, things ought to be better than that. Monday shouldn’t be a day to dread, Tuesday shouldn’t be bland, Wednesday shouldn’t feel like a halfway point, Thursday shouldn’t feel like a stopover to Friday. Why can’t things be better?
Well, friend, they can.
Let’s Get One Thing Straight…
There’s more to life than living for the weekend and, frankly, life is too short to enjoy only two days out of seven. We might throw around phrases like “positive vibes” and “finding your zen” every so often. And, yes, we might have a slight millennial bend. But we assure you, we’re intensely practical.
Work isn’t always going to be enjoyable. Drama happens, bosses can be annoying and people sometimes just suck. We don’t believe that’s enough reason to accept having a bad day, let alone a bad week. No one ever arrived at happiness by obsessing over the things they can’t change.
You might be looking to change jobs, switch to a different career or move to a different city. If where you are isn’t working for you, packing up is a great idea. But that’s not something you can do instantly. Remember, we’re practical😉. We even have a guide or two on getting stuff like that done.
At the same time, we’ll be damned if you’re going to be sad all that while. Not on our watch! You can be happy while you change things. And if you’re in a position where you can’t see a way to change things, that’s all the more reason to get happy now.
Here’s our guide to having a great week, even when it feels like life’s flinging a little 💩 at you.
Time For Some Planning
Plan The Fun Stuff
How do you like to spend your time? As long it’s safe and healthy for you and everyone around you, we give it our emoji of approval👍.
Try making a list of the things you like to do. It can be something like this:
- Watching movies and series
- Arts and crafts
- Walking the dog
Once you’ve got that down, spread those activities throughout the week. If something takes a lot of time, like arts and crafts, match that with a day when you don’t have a lot going on at work and with your other commitments.
You can sneak in a movie or a TV episode on a busy day, since that’s passive and can sometimes take less than an hour.
Decide what you’ll be doing each day after work and you’ll have something to look forward to. The anticipation is scientifically proven to increase happiness.
Sure, Susan’s in a bad mood again today but it’s walk-my-dog Tuesday and I’ll focus on that instead.
Plan The Work Stuff
Work’s fun for some people. For others, not so much. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, you’ll find it a lot better if you do a little scheduling.
Chances are you don’t like Monday (they’re not so bad), and there’s no need to make yourself like it even less by having to deal with the previous week’s backlog. If you plan your work well, there are higher chances that you’ll finish it by the end of the week.
More than that, you’ll feel in control, and that does wonders for your mood.
Let’s keep going.
Learn Some Simple Relaxation Techniques
If you need to, print out a list of easy relaxation exercises you can do anytime and keep them posted to your computer screen. We can’t always plan for little stressful occurrences life throws at us, but responding immediately and calmly is among the best things we can do.
Easy ways to relax include:
- Breathing exercises
- Visualizing your happy place
- Playing with a stress toy
When you start to feel a little tension, those tricks can help. And you’ll find that little bumps in the road don’t have to derail your whole day. You can have tens of them and still lie in bed at night and think what a great day it was.
There you go: easy peasy ways to maintain a week-long great mood. Don’t worry if it doesn’t work out the first week. Try the second. And the third. We’re always adding tested ways to keep you happy on the blog. And if you’re on the mailing list, we stop by every once in a while to share some practical tips for maintaining your happiness.