Are You Living for the Weekend?


Unmotivated at your day job?

Do you start planning your weekend long in advance?

Do you start thinking about what you’re going to do on the weekends as early as Monday morning?

We all need something to look forward to. But people all around us remind us to stay in the moment.  For example, how many times have you heard this?

“Live for today!”

Or this timeless classic:

“Enjoy each day because you never know if there will be a tomorrow.”

Well, it’s my conjecture that most of us, unless we are retired or really enjoy our jobs, live for the future. I am definitely guilty of this but I tend to think it’s a healthy practice. Having activities to look forward to is beneficial to a positive outlook on life. At least we aren’t depressed and feeling sorry for ourselves in what could possibly be a mundane job. Getting through the week is so much easier when we have fun times to look forward to.  While I’m not exactly “living for the weekend”, I make it a point to have something to look forward to and I’m happier for it.

How do you approach each day of your working life?


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Discussion

  1. EnriqueG on the 12th July

    I agree… and I disagree.

    It’s good to have goals, little goals and big goals that will get you through every stage of your life and through your whole life. Be it to get a better job or finding true love, these goals keep you healthy and sane to keep living.

    However is an insane practice to “live in the future” or to live for the future, if you love what you do and what you are and where you are there’s no reason to not enjoy it, little by little, step by step, breath by breath. Just close your eyes and enjoy it.

    If you don’t love everything around you, then that’s fine as well, because if you live in the present you may be able to do something to change it, changes happen here, now, not in the future.

    Living in the future or for the future is easier, I give you that, but easier, in my book at least, is boring.

    And I hate boring.

    • Bob Bessette on the 13th July

      Hi Enrique,
      I agree. I actually enjoy what I do on a regular daily basis at my 9-5, but having those times to look forward to puts the spice in my life. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy the day I am in, but having the free time to look forward to helps me get through the mundane work that a regular job tends to entail. I appreciate and understand your comments.

      Best,
      Bob Bessette

  2. Peach on the 12th July

    This is totally true, most people (that I know) live for the future. Like, having a party the next Friday, gets you excited and no longer depressed from our day job. I think this is very beneficial in terms of health.

    I once have nothing to look forward to and it really puts our morale down. Took a while to get up on my feet again.

    Anyway, great insights.

    • Bob Bessette on the 13th July

      Hi Peach,
      I can see that you tend to agree with my feelings. I think anything can can lift us up during the monotonous times is beneficial.

      Best,
      Bob Bessette

  3. Um No I do not live for the weekends. I look forward to each day, as there is still leisure time after work, everyday. So I look forward to that leisure time after work, everyday.

    • Bob Bessette on the 13th July

      Hi Nabeel,
      I find it interesting that you look forward to the leisure time after work. Same premise as mine, just a little more immediate.

      Thanks,
      Bob Bessette

  4. Bennie on the 13th July

    There was a great post discussing the role of timeframes in your goals: http://unclutteredwhitespaces.com/2010/05/ando-something-foolish-something-creative-and-something-generous/

    I really liked it.

    • Bob Bessette on the 24th July

      Thanks Bennie for the link.

      Best,
      Bob Bessette

  5. Phillip on the 13th July

    When I become my own boss,then I will live for each day.
    But I must admit I live for the weekend

    • Bob Bessette on the 13th July

      Phillip,
      I hope you become your own boss someday. Thanks for your honesty.

      Best,
      Bob Bessette

  6. Mike H on the 13th July

    It’s a balance of both living for the weekend and living for each day. It also goes in cycles for me. Some weeks or months, I love getting up each day for work. Not all days at work are fun though – and those days I’m looking forward to the evenings or some big weekend plans. Some people that don’t have hobbies or interests outside of their professional life may treat work _as_ their life and truly live for it each day. Nothing wrong with that. I have more hobbies and interests I can keep track of – and mostly live for days _and_ evenings.

    • Bob Bessette on the 24th July

      I’m with you Mike. I have many hobbies and outside interests. If I ever have enough money to retire I will have plenty to do. Thanks for your contribution.

      Best,
      Bob Bessette

  7. Thera on the 13th July

    I can’t “live for the week-end”, because I work on the week-end too, so right now and for the next 2-3 years, I “live for paying the medical bills” :/

    • Bob Bessette on the 13th July

      Thera,
      Good luck with that. I hope everything goes well with paying those medical bills.

      Best,
      Bob

  8. Kumar on the 15th July

    Hey Bob , your a true inspiration , i always lived for the weekend or you may say the “future” , but then i realized slowly by living the moment , if your true it’s easier and every task done , feels like a masterpiece even drinking a glass of water ,
    you are just able to glide trough the day , with no hook – up’s .
    But you have to try and make every action .. a little krnchy , and bada bing bada bang life just unfolds .

    • Bob Bessette on the 24th July

      Hi Kumar,
      I agree that we should live for the moment and I oftentimes do. But, I always love to have something to look forward to in the future. It makes it easier to live in the moment for me.

      Best,
      Bob Bessette

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