"I can't wait until Friday."
This is something I seem to constantly be telling myself at least once a day. Why is this exactly? It seems that people young and old, in school or working, seem to always be looking forward to the end of the week. Once Friday comes, everyone knows they can really relax because the weekend is quickly approaching. It's good to look forward to things. This feeling can even motivate people in accomplishing goals. With that being said, I think it is also important to enjoy where you are in life right now, whether it be a Monday afternoon or Thursday at 5 p.m.
Everyone loves the weekend, unless you have to work. If so, I am very sorry. However, most people use weekends to have more fun and leisure time: spend time with friends and family or just chill out on the couch with a face mask on. However, you spend your weekend, at least parts of it aren't related to school or work and that's what makes them so enjoyable. It's like a two-day escape of life and responsibilities. So yes, weekends are great, but during the week isn't so bad either. From my own experience, I got into a really bad habit of just living for the weekends and just getting by every week and not doing many fun or non-school related activities. However, I have now been trying to find enjoyment in all days of the week, even on those dreaded Mondays.
In an effort to just enjoy my week more, I started doing some more fun things throughout my journey to each Friday. Some examples are: listening to music, talking to friends, journaling, and being more active on campus. Just taking some time every day away from school really helped me unwind more and enjoy the day. I have also just tried to enjoy being outside more. There's something about walking or running outside that really refreshes you. Literally, take time to "stop and smell the roses." It can really help with being more appreciative of nature and of your surroundings. So now when I walk to class, I try to not wear any headphones and just look around at my surrounding; just taking more time to be more aware and present in that moment.
Going along with enjoying your normal routine, I have found when I limit the amount of time I spend on my phone, I am more in touch with reality. Meaning, instead of being on phone between classes or before class starts, I instead talk to someone or just sit and observe. I think allowing yourself that downtime or time away from screens can be really beneficial of making the most of your current moment.
Whether you're getting up and going to work or packing your bag and heading to school, it is still important to find enjoyment in the everyday. By making small changes to your routine, you can find life's everyday schedules to be somewhat enjoyable. It's perfectly okay to look forward to Fridays, but also make sure you're making the most of every other day too.