What to do if you live for the weekend? - Phil Drinkwater Coach

What to do if you live for the weekend?

All right. So you love the weekend. It’s your chance to do whatever you want, whenever you want. But in business, it's important to continue with your working week. What if you don't enjoy it though?
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Do you dread Monday?

If you’re like most people, Mondays are the days you dread the most. Maybe it’s because you just want to get through your week while trying to avoid being too stressed out, or maybe because Monday is when all your deadlines start.

In either case, if Monday morning is part of your week after you enjoyed some of your life … change your Monday! Monday blues are not something to just accept; we are born for more than that.

There may be a lot of reasons why we find ourselves dreading our Mondays, and that can differ from person to person. However, taking some time for business and career coaching or hiring someone to take on the tasks you dislike will help change your outlook on your Mondays and make them more enjoyable.

What it means to “live for the weekend”?

How many people do you know who spend the week thinking about enjoying their weekends?

We all have a job where we work, and that gives us a salary, even if you’re the business owner. If we are able to enjoy our weekends, that’s a gift because it means we’ve given ourselves time and permission to do things that we love. Never give that up! If you love a Friday night out in Manchester and the social life that comes with it, or a Saturday morning adventure in the mountains, or a Sunday lunch with your family, keep these essential parts of your routine.

However, if the rest of the week is dredge and full of tasks that cause you stress or overwhelm, you’ll find yourself dreading Monday and looking forward to Friday afternoon when you can spend the rest of the weekend relaxing down from a week you hated.

That’s not a life I recommend.

One of the onboarding questions I have, when I begin coaching with someone new, is to fill out the wheel of life. It aims to help people understand their current level of fulfilment and to identify where they have room for improvement.

Individuals who are living a life for the weekend tend to be very busy but find little fulfilment. They may also start to distract themselves with social media or procrastinate about starting or completing certain tasks. Slowly, your mental health can suffer as you develop anxiety and even depression since you have a deep feeling of hopelessness. Listen to your mind – it will tell you when it’s had enough.

How you can start to love your working week

Work is the reality for nearly all of us. If that’s the case, making it as enjoyable as possible is a sensible goal. Executives, freelancers and business owners have a unique position here; they can control what work they take on and the hours (to a certain extent) that they work.

For example, someone who runs their own business might be able to give themselves a 3-month sabbatical with no income or expenses if they wanted to. However, that is only a temporary change.

So, here are some other options which might be more sustainable long term:

  1. Take on a new employee to do the tasks you dislike
  2. Change the direction of your business
  3. Change your entire career
  4. Get a part-time job you enjoy
  5. Do some charity work
  6. Reduce your working hours
  7. Find ways to make the tasks you do more enjoyable
  8. Start a new business that you will enjoy and hire someone to replace you in the current one.
  9. Start learning a new skill that is your passion

As a start, identify your current level of fulfilment in the tasks that are most problematic for you at work.

In the meantime, you could learn how to unplug and recharge during the day using mindfulness meditation over your lunch break, or even more often if you need. It will help you to gain some space from the thoughts and feelings of your job. Then you can start to make changes so that you do enjoy it more. Or you could take a long weekend and not work on Friday or Monday at all. While these will not solve the problem, they will help you cope mentally.

However, if you’re struggling to do any of the above because you don’t have the time, I’d recommend going on a career break for a month or two. This will give you some time to think about what is truly important and help you find some new directions for your life. This might include volunteering or studying for a short while.

When to work with a business coach

A coach helps you to determine what is alive in you; what you love, and what you have passion for. They then help you to work towards making that the dominant area of your life. One of the best ways to change your life, then, is by working with a coach.

We block ourselves from taking action and you to offer yourself permission, or help and support, to take action and start to make positive changes in your life. A coach is a great resource for doing just that!

Many people prefer to work alone, but I suggest that you seek out a coach to help you make the necessary changes together. You’ll spend a lot less time feeling futile or out of action.

You can get in touch with me to find out more about how I can help you through the next steps of your journey.

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