I came out of last weekend with only one thought in mind:
Before NEXT WEEKEND I'll plan ahead!
Never have I really thought I would need to set up a specific schedule for my weekends to live a happier life. Isn't the idea of weekends to have (almost) nothing to do, to relax and enjoy being among family and friends?
Even if I am at my lowest energy level possible on Friday nights, it will help me later on to define and follow a plan for what's to come on Saturday and Sunday. Why is that? As mentioned in previous blog posts, challenging tasks are key ingredients to experience flow. So even if we stuff our weekends with dumb things like watching TV or mowing the lawn (actually I need to do that this weekend, hopefully the last time this year ;)), it may not necessarily create a sense of joy and fulfillment. Certainly it will help me to kill some time though. The reason why I was grumpy on Mondays was not because of Monday (and work) itself, it was because I knew I did not seize prior day(s).
In short, here is what you need to do before your weekend starts:
- Set aside a few minutes without disruptions.
- Look for a quiet place to think about a handful of things you want to complete both on Saturday as well as Sunday.
- Think of whether the task is only a waste of time or an ingredient for flow (see my initial blog post "The Ingredients of Flow").
- Don't be too ambitious! Too many things you cannot accomplish within the following 48 hours will only decrease your level of positive experience.
- Sleep at least 7-8 hours & get up early!
All the best!
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