Thank you Mr. Ford
We have to thank the industrial revolution and Mr. Ford who introduced in the early 1900’s a five day workweek to allow people to actually have some time to drive (and buy..) his cars. Today, there’s tons of quotes and sayings about how to get through the week to reach the weekend. Like: ‘better days are coming, they are called Saturday and Sunday’.
Are you treating the weekend or for that matter any other days of the week if you work on weekends, to re-charge, inspire, chill, re-connect with your loved ones? In essence do something quite different from your weekday activities? I am not a follower of any particular religion in its pure form, however the role of the quiet Sunday, Saturday (or Friday) to have some introspection and..to dedicate these days to things you typically don’t have time for or do during the week has a lot of value.
Even though if you are not working, are financially independent or like myself have a very dynamic, not your typical 9-5 work schedule, I strongly promote to always carve out a sense of weekend. To create a feeling of accomplishment and reward whilst looking back at your work, study or activities achieved the days before.
Working with people across the cultural spectrum, the one thing I hear is that they are super busy, stressed out, spending Sundays to catch-up on office email and therefor are not switching off and…the Monday begins yet again and the cycle continues. Make that commitment to yourself, to your health, to your loved ones to start planning and carving out that sense of weekend.
And then.. how to create and insert those weekend moments bit by bit throughout the week. Go to the movies on a weekday night, have passionate sex on a Tuesday morning, go and do your weekend grocery shopping on Thursday morning rather than standing in long queues on your precious Saturday..oh yes we order online now. I forgot about that.
Plan and spend that precious time wisely. Even when your Saturday is a pyjama-messed-up-hair day..that’s fine. But do it intensely and allow yourself to truly enjoy it.
“Honestly, I never really understood the glorification of Fridays & weekends.
I don’t want to build a life and career, where I spent five days a week waiting for the weekend. No!
I want to enjoy my life, and don’t wish any weekday away. I want each day to matter to me, in some way, even if it’s a small tiny way.
I love my life. Everyday. That’s the spirit we should convey all around us.”
– Akilnathan Logeswaran
Be well and have a wonderful weekend 🙂