Living For The Weekend? (Why And How You Should Stop)

A woman enjoying her self in the ocean, living for the weekend.

It is crazy to think that most people are living for the weekend. They live for two days a week. Friday is the best day of the week, and Monday is the absolute worst. Furthermore, Sundays are usually spent dreading the thought of returning to work the next day.

If you are living for the weekend, you are only living for 2 out of a 7 day week. Additionally, this means you do not realize that there is the same amount of time each day and that you are not living in the moment. It puts a lot of pressure on you to have a great weekend. You can stop living for the weekend by planning fun events throughout the week, finding a job you are passionate about, starting a side project for additional income, recognizing how much time you have, and minimizing your expenses.

You might be able to relate to this scenario. Friday comes, and your coworkers always find you in the best mood. However, for the remaining weekdays (Monday through Thursday), you are just going through the motions.

Wake up, go to work, come home, run some errands, go to sleep. Only to do it all over again. There has to be more to life than the situation you find yourself in. 

What are you living for? What gets you out of bed in the morning? When are you going to start chasing after your dreams and aspirations? 

If you are living for two days out of a seven day week, you are living for 28.6% of your time. Considering that anything less than 50% is a fail in most scenarios, at 28.6%, you are failing. If you are reading this and can relate, it is time to make some changes in your life.

Sure, everyone looks forward to a break here and there. And it can be easy to get caught up in a routine where you long for the weekend, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. Furthermore, your complete happiness shouldn’t come from only two days each week.

In this article, we discuss why you should avoid living for the weekend and if you already find yourself in this scenario, how you should stop living for the weekend.

Why You Should Avoid Living For The Weekend?

Below we discuss three reasons why you should avoid living for the weekend.

1. Realize That There Is The Same Amount Of Time Each Day

The name of the day does not have to dictate your mood or how you spend your time. There is the same amount of time each day. One day is not better than another.

Sure, somedays you are required to go to work, and others you are not. But that does not mean that you should not make the most out of each day, or value each day.

Realize that there is the same amount of time each day. Make everyday count.

When you live for the weekend, you are wasting five days each week. And if you continue living like this, at some point you will look back and regret that you didn’t make more of the time available to you.

Each day you are given 24 hours, or 86,400 seconds. There is the same amount of time on Monday as there is Saturday. Recognize that each day is equal, and use each second, every day, to better yourself.

2. You Are Not Living In The Moment If You Are Living For The Weekend

If you are living for two days a week, you are definitely not living in the moment.

For the first few days of the week, you are reminiscing about all the fun you just had during the previous weekend. For the last few days of the week, you are making plans and anticipating all the fun you are going to have during the upcoming weekend.

As a result, you spend most of your week living via memories or anticipation. For five days a week, you aren’t living in the present, you are just sort of existing.

Even worse, you might not realize that you are living life this way. Just going through the motions. Before you know it, years have passed, and you have made no further advancements in your life.

Living for the weekend means reminiscing on your previous weekend or longing for the next weekend. Either way, you are not living in the moment.

However, when you live in the moment, you are present and aware of what is going on. You live each day with purpose and with meaning.

3. If You Are Living For The Weekend It Puts Lots Of Pressure On You To Have A Great Weekend

When you get stuck in a routine of only living for two days a week, it puts a lot of pressure on you to make those two days very special.

You are living for two days a week, so those two days need to be packed with enough fun, excitement, and adventure to satisfy a whole week. That is a lot of pressure to live up to each week.

As you are probably aware, the weekend plans rarely live up to the expectations that you require when you pack a week’s worth of fun into two days. As a result, you return to work on Monday feeling disappointed that the weekend didn’t live up to the hype.

If you are living for two days out of seven, those two days better blow your expectations and be packed with everything you love. There is a lot of pressure to have a great weekend. In reality however, weekends rarely live up to expectations.

It is similar to New Year’s Eve. There is always so much anticipation and excitement for New Years, but it rarely ever lives up to the expectations.

Why? Because there is so much pressure to make that one night the best night ever. Of course it is going to fall short of expectations because it has been built up as the most important night of the year.

Stop looking at your weekend the same way many individuals look at New Year’s Eve. Balance the fun events and the mundane tasks equally throughout your week.

How To Stop Living For The Weekend?

You now have a better understanding of why you should stop living for the weekend. However, you and many others might already find yourself in this situation. Below we discuss five reasons on how you can stop living for the weekend.

1. Stop Living For The Weekend And Plan Fun Events Throughout The Week

Balance is important in all aspects of your life, regardless of the topic of discussion. So why only schedule the fun events in your life in two days each weekend?

A couple playing jenga.
Plan Fun Events Throughout The Week

Sure, you might not be able to fit full day activities into weeknight evenings when you are working full time. However, you can still have a considerable amount of time each night to plan some fun events even when you are working full time.

Catching up with friends, grabbing a coffee with a coworker, going to a concert or comedy show, playing on a sports team, etc. These are all examples of how you can plan fun events throughout your evenings to balance your week and help you stop living for the weekend.

The key is to plan these fun activities ahead of time.

After a long day of work, it is easy to come home, have dinner and spend the rest of the night on the couch watching TV. It is a routine similar to this one when you start to have the mindset that you are only living for the weekends.

However, when you make plans ahead of time, you come home from work, quickly eat dinner (unless your plans involve dinner) and then get on your way to enjoying your evening.

2. Find A Job You Are Passionate About

If you are living for the weekend because you are stuck in a job that you can’t stand, it is time to find a new job.

If you are like the average person, not including sleep, you spend a significant amount of time at your job. Therefore, it is important that you find passion in your work, or at least enjoy it.

Take some time one evening this week, or at the weekend, and think about what it is that you are passionate about or that you enjoy doing. Do some research and figure out a way that you can get a job in the field of your passion.

You spend so much time at your job. Why do the majority of people settle for a job that they aren’t passionate about. Take action to find a job that you truly enjoy and care about.

It might mean your career takes on a new direction, or that you require some additional schooling to be qualified to apply for new jobs.

However, because you spend so much time at your job, it is worth investing the time and money to get to a position where you enjoy going to work and no longer are living for the weekend.

Alternatively, you can turn that passion into a side project that generates income. This option is discussed in more detail in the section below.

3. Stop Living For The Weekend And Start A Side Project For Additional Income

Most individuals stay in a job they can’t stand and continue living for the weekend because they have to. They need a steady flow of income to be able to continue to pay their bills.

This makes practical sense and is applicable to everyone. However, one way to stop living for the weekends is to start a side project for additional income.

With technology nowadays, you are more connected to the world than ever before. This means more opportunity for others to see your content, or buy your products and services.

Many individuals start successful side projects while in a job they can’t stand, and you could be one of them. You can continue to work on your side project in the evenings and weekends.

With hard work and dedication, you can eventually scale your side business to a point where you are able to earn similar money as you are from your full-time job.

If you work a job strictly for the pay check and you aren’t passionate about it, start a side project that you are passionate about. Side projects can often enable you to earn additional income in the hopes of one day quitting the job you aren’t passionate about.

Examples could be starting a blog, a youtube channel, consulting services, retail arbitrage, selling art or woodwork locally, etc.

4. Realize How Much Time You Actually Have And Prioritize Important Activities

While working a full-time job, you might live for the weekends because you don’t think you have enough time to enjoy your evenings throughout the week. So, let us help you realize how much time you have.

Say you work a standard 40 hour a week job, eight hours a day. To be conservative, assume it takes a total of one hour each day to travel both to and from work.

Furthermore, assume you sleep for eight hours a night, and you take 30 minutes in the morning to get ready for the day, and 30 minutes in the evening to get ready for bed. So far, that is 18 hours accounted for out of your 24 hour day.

Therefore, you have six hours every weekday to do as you please. That is enough time to get some exercise, make dinner, meet up with friends, work on a side project, or a combination of several different activities.

Prioritize the people and activities that bring you joy. There is enough time in the day, but be sure to spend it in a way that brings you the most happiness.

There is always enough time in the day; it just comes down to how you choose to spend it. One common factor between all individuals is that everyone is given the same amount of time each day.

While some successful individuals may appear to have supernatural abilities, they have been given the same 24 hour period to achieve their goals. The same as you and everyone else.

5. Stop Living For The Weekend By Minimizing Your Expenses

If you are living for the weekend, then one can only assume that the sole purpose you stay at the job that you do is to pay your bills. After all, most individuals have jobs so they can afford the lifestyle they live.

It can be sad to think about, but if money were not an object, the majority of people would lead quite different lives.

However, one way to stop living for the weekend is to minimize your costs.

Regardless of whether you make $20,000, $50,000, or $100,000 a year or more, you will always spend what you make. It is just a fact of life.

When you make more money, often your material desires also increase with your earnings. As your salary increases, you start purchasing more luxurious items like bigger houses, fancier cars, expensive jewelry, etc.

You don’t need these items. You were just as happy, or maybe more happy previously without these material possessions, but society leads you to believe you need them, so you cave in and make the purchase.

If you continue to lead this expensive lifestyle, you will need to keep working at the job you dislike to afford your expensive habits. One way to stop living for the weekend is to minimize the purchase of these expensive goods.

Don’t cave into buying the latest cars, the bigger houses or the expensive jewelry. When you minimize your costs, you won’t be tied to the job you can’t stand to afford a lifestyle that doesn’t make you happy.

Instead, you can minimize the amount of hours you work each week by working part-time or as a contractor. As a result, you will have more time to do the things you enjoy, instead of only two days a week.

The realization that there are 86,400 seconds each day. What are you doing today, so that tomorrow you are a step closer to where you want to be? If not now, then when?

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Hi, I'm James! I want to help you make the most of your day by providing helpful tips and informative articles on motivation, time management, productivity, and happiness.

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