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  • Do you want your work day to feel like a weekend?

    I mentioned that I'm waiting for the weekend during the work week. Then I analysed what was there I'm waiting for. And found nothing special that I can't do during the work week. Probably I should add some fun after work and vu a la - your work day is fantastic as your weekend.

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    Originally posted by Fritz58 View Post
    I mentioned that I'm waiting for the weekend during the work week. Then I analysed what was there I'm waiting for. And found nothing special that I can't do during the work week. Probably I should add some fun after work and vu a la - your work day is fantastic as your weekend.
    For me the weekend is fewer interruptions! So whether it's just relaxing, or whether it's doing catch up work the number of interruptions and temptation to juggle next actions is significantly reduced.

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    • #3
      Would love some fun either time. To me week or week end, they both feel like work. Just different jobs. What is the purpose of it all?

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      • #4
        Make it fun.

        The secret to happiness is not "doing what you like" but "liking what you do".
        Find ways of getting enjoyment from everything you do - usually by giving it your all.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Suelin23 View Post
          Would love some fun either time. To me week or week end, they both feel like work. Just different jobs. What is the purpose of it all?
          Work can be fun. Difficult things can be seen as interesting challenges. Conflicts with other people can be seen as opportunities to develop excellent social skills. In theory at least and at least to some extent in practice, by changing the way we think and feel about things we can find enjoyment in just about any situation. We can also work on changing the environment, from decorating the office to getting a different job, to make that easier. You might like "Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy" by David Burns.

          If you have a lot of responsibilities and not enough time to sleep, it can be hard! It can help to fit mini-breaks into your day: things that might take only a few seconds or a few minutes and that give you special feelings. During one summer job, for example, when I had very little free time because of the commuting time and everything, one of my several mini-breaks was that I made a point of looking out the window of the subway at the view when it went over a bridge. I enjoyed it every time; I enjoyed it more because I made a big deal of it within my own mind. I was able to look forward to things like that. No matter how constrained you are, you can find some ways to express yourself and be free within your own mind.

          It can also help to lie down for a rest in the middle of the day, have some interaction with nature even if it's just looking at one tree, and generally look after your health: having plenty of vitamin C, some exercise, etc. There can be ways to fit these things into a routine without taking up a lot of time.

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          • #6
            To make every working day feel like weekend, I have a tip: I add “padding” to all deadlines. This may not be an option for everyone, but I myself always add a little padding to every deadline. For example, if I think I can get a project done in 2 weeks, I’ll say I get it done in 3. This allows for those unexpected setbacks to happen (as they always do), without messing up my timeframes and adding stress to the project. I can work without having to worry about the deadlines.

            Furthermore, I create inspiring work environments. My work day will be more enjoyable if my work environment is pleasing. Little things like having good coffee or tea on hand can be soothing. A little mellow music like jazz, blues or classical adds that light, relaxed coffee shop feel to it.
            Last edited by susan12; 08-02-2012, 04:01 AM.

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            • #7
              Getting plenty of sleep is what makes me feel great.

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              • #8
                you could do weekend stuff during the week - but then wouldn't have enough time to get work stuff done during the week and would have to do this on the weekend. Then working every day (although not all day every day). Is this ok? Is this better/worse?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Suelin23 View Post
                  you could do weekend stuff during the week - but then wouldn't have enough time to get work stuff done during the week and would have to do this on the weekend. Then working every day (although not all day every day). Is this ok? Is this better/worse?
                  I think it depends on the person. I think it's not a good idea to go short of sleep during the week. Some people might prefer to spread their work over 6 or 7 days per week in order to be able to get a good amount of rest, sleep, exercise, conversation with family, "winding down" time etc. each workday. Others might not need that much time each day for sleeping, resting etc. and might prefer to have 2 or 3 consecutive days on the weekend to get their mind off work, do home projects that require lots of energy, travel, do fun things that take lots of time etc. It's fine either way; it's what works best for each person.

                  When my daughter was about 14 months old I returned to work and worked 80% of full-time for a year before returning to 100% full-time. Doing 80% rather than 100% that year was a great decision.

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