Having only two days per week to participate in activities I enjoyed used to seem like plenty. It’s only five days of work, and two entire days of free time, right? Little by little the five days feel longer and longer, and the weeks fatigue works its way into Saturdays and Sundays. Monday becomes the most dreaded day of the week, and the cycle repeats.
How do you get out of this cycle, though? It isn’t realistic to just not go to work anymore since we all need money to get by. Two days isn’t honestly enough to get our fill of hobbies and leisure activities, especially if by Saturday the motivation to do them is gone.
The solution for me was simple.
Discover what makes you happy, and do that every day. For me that was taking the time to read a sci-fi novel, taking the time to write, exercising again, performing (music/mentalism), or playing video games. When I started working in my “real job”, I slowly stopped doing the things I’d done in the past that brought joy into my life. I lived for the weekend, but eventually work fatigue followed into my weekends, and I became more and more lethargic.
I began to set aside 30 minutes to an hour each day to do something I liked. I didn’t just look forward to a weekend where I didn’t have to go to work. I could look forward to the weekend, without [entirely] dreading the week.
Moral of the story— do each day what makes you happy, even if only a little.