I made a goal in January of 2017. I was going to stop living my life weekend to weekend. We get seven days a week, and there’s no way I’m going to keep taking 5 of those for granted just because I have to go to work. I wasn’t perfect at doing this. I dreaded a couple of Mondays and definitely had some hard work weeks, and I looked forward to almost every weekend, especially when Georgia had some football to play. However, this was a growth year for me. I matured in a lot of ways and know that it’s all for the best. Here’s why I think it’s important to stop living for the weekend.
First of all, if you’re working an average 40 hour work week, you’re spending about 24% of your time at work, but if you take the amount of days you go to work? It’s right around 70%. So, here’s the thing. You’re only spending a quarter of your time actually at work, but if you’re counting out the days you have to go to work, that’s a much bigger deal. I used to be extremely guilty of this. I didn’t make plans during the week (I still struggle with this part), and I basically committed that my weeks were for work and maybe some laundry and TV. I was writing off another 50% of my time just because I went to work for 8 hours that day. How silly is that? Of course, a large chunk of that is spent sleeping, but that’s not the important part.
My husband woke up this morning and he has a slipped disc in his back, so he’s having a bit of rough time. He was talking to me while I was in the shower and mentioned how sad he was that it was Monday again. My response was something I find myself repeating sometimes when the Sunday blues kick in. “We need to be thankful that we’re waking up with jobs to get to that provide the kind of lifestyle we want to live, and there are people waking up today praying to God that they can just find a job, any job. We’ve had much worse Mondays and need to be grateful that these aren’t those days.” This is my Monday mantra.
My goal for 2017 was to stop living for the weekends. It’s a continuing struggle, but I’m a lot better than I was. If you know me at all, you’ve probably heard me say this: When you know better, do better. That’s my life motto. It’s okay if you messed up because you didn’t know better, but once you do, it’s your responsibility to do better next time.
My goal for 2018? More coming on that soon.