Many of us fall into the trap of saving the weekend work we need to finish for Sunday night – and that can make the latter part of our weekends feel a lot like Monday.
To avoid “Sunday scares” — the pressure to catch up on work before the work week — do some catch-up work earlier in the weekend, so the last thing you do before Monday is something fun.
Cassie Mogilner Holmes, associate professor of marketing and behavioral decision-making at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, has a suggestion for taking it even further: all weekends like a mini-holiday and don’t work at all on Saturday and Sunday. People who do this stay in bed a little longer, cuddle their loved one a little more, or spend a little more time eating and less time on chores and work responsibilities – and start the new week feeling genuinely rested.
Mogilner Holmes says that having the weekend-as-a-holiday mindset helps you be more connected to the present moment. “Time stands still for a bit,” she said. “It’s like you’re finally breathing.”
Here is more about how to have a good weekend.
22 tips for 2022 is edited and curated by Dalia Mortada, Arielle Retting, Janet W. Lee, Beck Harlan, Beth Donovan and Meghan Keane. This tip is from an episode of Life Kit narrated by Sam Sanders and directed by Sylvie Douglis.