Life is short. When you're living for the weekend, it becomes even shorter while your weekdays seem to drag on forever. The good news is there is a way that you can love your weekdays like weekends.
I used to dread Mondays, look forward to Fridays and always feel like Sundays went by too fast. Sound familiar? Then I started working from home and suddenly all the days ran together and I never felt like I had anything to look forward to at all.
One night at dinner, Luke had a brilliant idea. "Mom, let's make up a theme for each of our days". He proceeded to brainstorm names for each weekday that would give us something to look forward to and it stuck. We've been theming our weekdays ever since.
Theme Your Weekdays
Living abundantly takes intentionality. An intentional focus to live your life everyday so you don't miss it as you sit by waiting for the weekend to roll around.
I've found that theming our weekdays creates a little extra incentive that gets us all out of the bed in the morning with excitement rather than dread.
My advice is to create a theme for your weekdays that's simple, repeatable and fun. They don't have to rhyme but it makes it much easier to remember and since my memory is mush these days I need all the help I can get.
If you don't have kids, you can plan something for yourself each day that can be as simple as a specialty coffee-run, a bath ritual, or a workout class. Try to include at least one day with an outward focus, either on relationships with friends or serving your community somehow. It will make your weekdays that much more meaningful.
Here is the simple themed framework Luke created for loving our weekdays like weekends.
Love Your Weekdays Like Weekends Framework
Since Mondays are the most difficult for Luke to get excited about, doing something fun as a family on Mondays really helps him look forward to the day. Jeff and I have Monday as our only day off, so we pick him up from school together and try to do something fun. We keep it simple and short (1-2 hours max). Some of our fun days have involved going for ice cream, to the beach, to a Pumpkin Patch, the arcade, bowling, window shopping at Target or going to a movie.
Unbeknownst to me, when Luke planned Taco Tuesday, he meant "Del Taco Tuesday", which was so not happening. Our first Taco Tuesday I made homemade soft tacos and he was super bummed. Then I asked him for input on what could make it better and he seemed much more excited if I could get the pre-made crunchy taco shells. That turned out to be a great compromise. It's funny because now he has become so accustomed to our themed days that if I forget to make tacos on Tuesday, he'll remind me "Mom, it's Taco Tuesday! Why are we having Salmon?". Oops.
Wednesday is the lightest homework day of the week for Luke so it's the weekday he is allowed to play with his friends after school. Hence the name, "Wednesday Friends-day". However, in January we started a small group at our house on Wednesday nights so our friends come over from church for a few hours after dinner and what had started as something for Luke to look forward to actually ended up fitting for us as well.
Thursday Church Day
Thursdays we host a Discovery Bible study at our church, for people who have never read the Bible before and want to learn more about it. We used to bring Luke with us, so he named it "Thursday Church Day". He has since renamed it to "Thursday Nerds-day" because Thursday is his heaviest night of homework. I've taken to staying at home with him on Thursdays to help him study and it has actually proven to be an unexpected way to have quality one-on-one time with him.
Friday night is Family Night, but it should actually be called Neighborhood night because our house is always full of kids from the neighborhood. We have pizza together and then Luke chooses a passage from the Bible to read and then asks everyone their thoughts on it. After that we do something fun like have a dance party or play sock dodge-ball or laser tag in the house. It's a fun way to end the week.
In short, with a little forward thought, you can love your weekdays like weekends.
Theme your weekdays in a way that gives you something to look forward to each day. Don't over think it.
- Keep it Simple
- Include others
Before you know it, you'll have created new habits that help you enjoy the weekday journey not just the weekend destination.
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Welcome to Honey & Figs! I'm Lisa. I love helping people with practical ways to live more abundant lives based on my own experience. You can click here to find out more about me.
What a great idea, Lisa– I love the thought of theming up the weekdays to add some fun and creativity. And yes, life is certainly too short to live just for the weekends.
I love this! My husband and I have a goal/life motto/whatever you want to call it to live a life that you don’t need a vacation from. You gave me some great ideas to bring in!!
I’m with you guys. I wrote a whole post on how to live a life you don’t need a vacation from. Big proponent. Thanks Stacy!
I love this! We do themed dinner night (like Train night, camping night, etc.) with a meal that follows that theme and the kids get so into it. I think your plan would help to because they are always asking what happens today and it could help them remember. Great idea!
train night sounds so fun! thanks for sharing Jennifer!