Nail Your Mondays: How to Make the Most Out of Your Weekend
You have brought out your autumn clothing, but you were surprised at the warm days that the latest fall had brought this season. It wasn't any different from last year's (or the year before), prompting you to wonder if the gray sky would be the only constant thing in a typical day in London. There's something you have been distracting yourself from. You haven't got over your Monday blues. How about a change in mindset?
If you're a young professional who has not been more than a year in the job, then you must accept Monday blues as a reality. It doesn't mean that you would be a jaded employee five (or ten) years from now, though. Travelling would be the best way to beat it, but it would be a costly one. Not even weekends at Amsterdam, which you used to go there with your parents, could help you get over it. Your weekend must be an uneventful period, but you won't be a couch potato most of your time. You should indulge in other activities as well. The telly won't be a part of it, though. On the other hand, a career change won't be the solution to someone who has been working for years. You may have to let go of certain habits, as you're too old for doing such things. It could give you a new outlook, which should motivate you to work harder. There could be something else.
Weekend must be devoted to things that matter to you. Work wouldn't be one of those things, even if you're a workaholic. Everyone would get burned out, if not get to that stage where they play the blame game. It wouldn't happen if you rather do anything else. Sleeping wouldn't be a guilty pleasure. (It should be a good excuse, as you still can't get over the smell of paint on the stairway outside your flat.) It's cold outside. (But not all the time.) It should be the perfect time to recharge your protons. (Your flatmate would call it energy, but you rather look at it differently.) There's more to come.
10 Ways to Get Through Saturday (and Sunday)
Sort through your inbox. You've been checking work-related emails. And nothing else. You won't have any excuse for not devoting your weekend to your inbox. You could find a short note from your old mate, who has been dying to hear the latest from you. Don't ignore it.
Bring out your competitive spirit. It had been some time since you've passed by The O2 Arena. You don't have enough cash to buy a ticket for the upcoming ATP Finals, but it won't matter at all. (You rather play the game, if not imagine playing it.) If you're not a huge tennis fan, then you might not have been to Lord's. This should be the right time to reconnect with old friends.
Take a long walk. The cold air should give you a resolve to walk several blocks away from your home (away from home). Don't think too much about the global warming, also the possibility that you could be one of those few lucky folks who could make the distance. You would need it after those long hours at the office. (And you're too tired to do anything else after arriving home.)
Recall your lessons. You never paid attention to those historic markers, which would interest the tourists more. Weekends should awaken your passion in history and sightseeing. (If you don't fancy both, then look at this activity as a chance to get to know the metropolis.) You might be a dour individual if you didn't notice the quirky traits of London. If you still don't like it, then you should prepare to shell out more money. The sight of manicured lawns might help you recall your reading list. This one leads to the next item.
Enjoy the scenery. You happen to live in a small town not far from London, yet you didn't like the remarks of some of your town mates, who don't know what it is to live outside the big city (or so they think.) They don't appreciate the colours, which is more alive in the south (of London). They rather be gobbled up by the Londoners, which would remind you of the next one.
Read a book. St. Paul's Cathedral is your favorite spot in London, and you're relieved to see how this landmark is barely intact (in post-Apocalyptic England) in "Mortal Engines". Peter Jackson's big-screen version would be released a few weeks later, and you still haven't finished chapter ten.
Plan your next holiday. You're thinking of your Mum, and the places of interest in Amsterdam. You won't mind another weekend in the Dutch capital. It should make you forget about work especially if it had been a bit of a disappointment. The next item could help you (if you must save first).
Have some chocolate. It should brighten up your day, and it won't be your imagination. Dark chocolate would lift you up during those long hours in paper writing.
Clean your room. You last did it before the World Cup match between England and Belgium. It took you quite some time to get over the loss.
Get in touch with your friends. Your mates are a keyboard away.
The Final Touch
It won’t be easy to look forward to Monday, the first day of the working week. (If you haven’t felt that way, then you would get that feeling.) Don’t think too much about it, not even get it to you. Make sure that you hit the sack early. You don’t want to get late.