Maybe people have always had this mentality, but I think this generation more than ever it is so prominent.

We slog away 9-5 the five days of the week, and all we have in sight is a mere 2 days that take forever to arrive. Well I think it needs to stop, and this is how I’m doing it, my way of course.

Give your daily treats to look forward to.

I’m basically a dog in that my motivation is treats. All shapes and sizes of course, some days it can be a good mount of chocolate at the end of the day, or a sweet cup of tea on my yoga mat *alone* with no stresses to worry about.

The little things keep my mood uplifted, and make me stay productive and motivated in this game of life. Find what yours are and make them a part of every day.


Make plans for after work.

I used to be so bad at just working, then sitting at home pondering all evening. I was so bored! Of course sometimes it’s just what you need, so adjust to your own gut feeling, but now I go to yoga on Monday nights and it’s something that I always look forward to, and Wednesday nights areΒ an evening gym session with makes me feel great afterwards.

Making a plan for a catch up with a friend after work is a great idea, don’t wait until the weekend to do what you want to do with your free time.


Live in the moment.

We all knew I was going to include this, didn’t we? Yes I know I harp on abut mindfulness all the time (blah blah blah) but seriously, just focus on your breath in this ONE moment. Take it from there.

If being mindful doesn’t interest you (and it doesn’t have to, believe it or not) just make sure you have time to be curious, smell the roses, take the deepest breath you’ve taken all day. Promise you’ll notice the difference!


Be pro-active.

I am the queen at putting things off. Sorry gals, that’s my title and I’m claiming it. I’ve realised how actually, it makes everything so much harder.Β 

Delaying making a phone call, booking an appointment and cleaning the house doesn’t do me any favours and just increases the ol’ stress levels. Once I get my arse into gear and do things there and then, I feel so much better after. A weight has lifted off my shoulders. Is this what it means to be an adult? (Don’t tell me).


Are you guilty of ‘living for the weekend’?

  • I definitely have to do more during the week, weekends I am so tired and all I want to do is do nothing LOL

    Candice | Natalya Amour

  • Joanne

    Ahh that last one is soo so true. Procrastination can be so evil and we often don’t realize how much it gets to us! Here’s to more moments of being pro-active though. And yes I’m pretty sure that in a nutshell that’s what “adulting” is, haha.
    Lovely post. Have a nice week! x

    Joanne | With Risa: A Lifestyle Blog

  • I used to be so bad at this! Now that I’m working a retail job part time, I spend a lot of weekends working! Now, my weekends happen midweek or whenever I have the evening off. I’m so much more mindful of my time. I hope that by the time I’m working a regular Monday-Friday job that I’ll be able to hold onto this mentality.

    Take care, Rowan |

    • Ah it must feel quite nice to have a ‘weekend’ mid-week? πŸ™‚

  • Jackie

    I’m so guilty of this. Even on Sundays, I think to myself about how I can’t wait for the following Friday night. And it’s not that I do anything particularly exciting on the weekend, I just can’t wait to sleep in. Tonight, I’m actually starting a new thing where I’m going to go to bed earlier than usual to see if I can create a fun morning routine to look forward to when I wake up.

    • Ooh I hope it goes well for you, I struggle with needing a lot of sleep too! x

  • Megan Hillery

    I do this all of the time. I yearn for the weekdays to pass so I can do stuff on the weekend and I really need to stop! This is really good advice, particularly where you said treat yourself every day and make plans after work. When I did have a job, I would be exhausted that I wouldn’t make plans for the evening but then I end up being bored anyway!

    Meg |

    • Sometimes it feel a bit of a push to do things after work but I always enjoy them when I get there! πŸ™‚

  • I’ve really been working on this!!

  • I am so guilty for living for the weekend, I definitely need to try and take some of your tips on board! xx

    Claire |

  • I think we’re all guilty of doing this aren’t we! It needs to change! I love your tips though, definitely going to try and reclaim some of my evenings and not just live for work!

    Madi x

  • Amy Eade

    I love this post Natalie! I think I’m definitely guilty of living for the weekend, but we can make weekdays just as nice can’t we? I actually enjoy my job too yet still have that mindset!
    Amy xx