It’s not uncommon to find many employees or business operators living for the weekend because they don’t love what they do.
Most workers endure rather than enjoy what they do. That’s not surprising because studies have revealed almost 80% of the workforce either hate or dislike what they do for a living.
Living for the weekend is often a sign you are disconnected from what you love and what you want to do in life. If you’re in such a situation, it’s likely you’ll dread Mondays, which is the start of the week for most working people.
The Costs of Living for the Weekend
Not enjoying what you do will affect you and those you interact with daily. The costs of living for the weekend include:
- Low motivation and enthusiasm.
- Poor performance because of low work engagement.
- Lack of initiative or willingness to take risks or explore new ideas.
- Poor attitude because of a lack on interest in what you are doing.
- Setting a poor example by settling for something you are not passionate about.
The emotions you experience while working should be a good sign if you are living for the weekend. Pay attention to your inner voice and follow what you are guided to do.
When I had a corporate career, it was common for conversations to revolve around what people would do on weekends. On Wednesdays, phrases like, “Today is hump day” were mentioned to indicate it was the middle of the week and the weekend was getting closer.
Some companies had social events at the end of the week such as “Friday night drinks.” I rarely took part in social events because I did not enjoy them and preferred to spend my time doing other things.
Many times during my working career, I longed for the weekend because I hated work. Not enjoying the career I had chosen was the catalyst for a major change and is a reason why I do the work I do now.
My belief is you can make a bigger difference and impact doing work you are meant to be doing instead of work you have settled for because it pays the bills. While there will be those who disagree with me, I will always come back to how true you are being to yourself.
5 Reasons Why Living for the Weekend is not a Good Sign
If you are living for the weekend, it should be a wake-up call for you. Here are five reasons why living for weekends is not a good sign and can lead to problems later on in life.
- You are doing work that is not meaningful. If you dread going to work or are not inspired by what you do, you are disconnected from your passions and purpose. Continuing on the same path means you will be out of alignment with who you are and what your calling is in life.
- You are not challenging yourself. This often means you are in your comfort zone and doing what is familiar. You can only grow when you step outside your comfort zone. You can only find out what you can do if you challenge yourself.
- You have resigned to your current reality. Most people accept what they fall into in life rather than creating what they want. If you don’t believe you have other options and can make new choices, you will accept the reality you have.
- You do not have a vision that inspires you. If you don’t have a clear direction, you are more likely to settle for the life you have. Lack of an inspiring vision will cause low motivation, which means you will not consider other possibilities.
- You are not engaging your creativity. Everyone is creative. You can express your creativity every day. If you are doing work that is not meaningful, you will not share your creativity, which means you are doing yourself and others a disservice.
Situations Where it’s Okay to Live for Weekends
There are situations where looking forward to a weekend is a good thing and is beneficial. These situations can include:
- You have focused intensely on a project or have had a demanding week.
- You have been looking forward to something special on a particular weekend for a while.
- You know you need to refresh and recharge.
- You have something you love to do that can only be done on weekends.
While these situations are okay once in a while, if they become the norm, then that means you are back to living for weekends.
Ways to Stop Living for the Weekend
Here are suggestions that can help you overcome the pattern of always looking forward to weekends.
- Do work you love so you don’t view weekends as time to get away from something you don’t enjoy.
- Do things during the week that you normally do on weekends.
- Create a vision and plan for your life that is inspiring and motivating.
- Do not dread your week thinking it won’t be exciting or reward.
- Stop counting the days till the weekend. Enjoy each day by practicing being grateful for the life you have.
- Explore opportunities to earn additional income instead of having to rely on a job you don’t like to cover your bills.
Living for the weekend is a sign of a bigger issue in life. It’s a sign you are living out of alignment with who you are and what you are meant to be doing.
The best thing you can do is to get clear on why you are living for weekends and reconnect to what brings you most joy. If you do, you will not live for weekends. Instead, you will live life on your terms.
If you continue to live for the weekend, you will deny yourself the opportunity to live the life you are meant to live and become the person you are meant to be.
Action Step: Reflect on how often you look forward to weekends and ask yourself why that is the case. Identify things you can do to overcome the habit of living for weekends and apply them as often as you can.
Question: What are other reasons why living for the weekend is not a good sign?