Today is Monday. Which means we’ve wasted our weekend. Again. However, one egghead from UCLA believes we can wrest control back.
It’s about that time of the week when we realise an awful truth, we’ve wasted your weekend. Monday afternoon may be a brute, but it doesn’t lie. We waste our weekends. We never used to. When we were powered by the saccharine flow of youth, our weekends were never wasted. We took it as an opportunity to escape, and two days felt like an eternity. It isn’t how we view it as adults. As it stands, we lose Friday evening and Saturday morning due to the work week and getting over it. Saturday afternoon we use to recover from our recovery, and Sunday from 12 pm onwards is flamed because we know what’s coming tomorrow.
While we can pass off this grim trade as one of the conditions of adulthood, as the solution is a question of mindset, not time. We view the weekend as compensation for the work week. I believe this to be wrong. It takes (apparently) is a quick twist of our very tired and very blunted psyche.
The writer Cassie Mogilner Holmes believes we should treat our weekends like vacations. In fact, she wrote a book on it, titled “Treat Your Weekend Like a Vacation”.
In it, she purports the idea that we must cherish every horizontal moment of it. “Part of this is simply enjoying yourself: sleep in, do less housework, eat a bit more than you normally would. And find ways to make common tasks more fun, whether that’s turning on upbeat music in the car while running errands or making yourself a margarita for folding laundry. Another part is slowing down: Pay attention to your surroundings, the activity at hand, and the people who are involved. Keeping your mind on whatever’s happening will help you savour it, which in turn will help you feel like you’re breaking out of the day-to-day grind.”
However, Mogilner Holmes believes that this thinking should live in a glass case, and solely be broken when you need it as the “research shows they lose their effects if they happen too often.”
So, chill. But don’t. Do it in a knowing fashion.