Week beginnings

What day does your week start on? It’s the same seven days, but where you start can influence how you look at things. Today I realized that my week doesn’t actually start with Mondays, as I thought before. Or maybe it shifted.

W- and I treat our weekends as week beginnings: the perfect time to lay the groundwork for a smooth-running and productive week. We do the laundry, shop for groceries, prepare food, drop off and pick up library books, tidy up, finish assorted tasks, reset our sleep schedules, and tweak our household routines.

Preparing is fun. W- and I enjoy cooking, so it hardly counts as a chore. This weekend, we made chicken adobo, leftover stirfry, and these incredibly moist and airy brownies. I also experimented with making onigiri, which would be great for afternoon snacking throughout the week. I may have gotten a little carried away.

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Other chores are relaxing, too. Washing dishes, folding laundry, and putting things away are meditations in action.

If we finish early, or we want to take breaks along the way, then we spend time on other interests. I set aside blocks of time for reading, writing, coding, drawing, or sewing, depending on what I feel like. I also make time for social interaction – not so much that I’ll feel worn out, but enough to get to know other people better.

Some weekends are busy, such as our once-a-month lunch-packing extravaganza. Then we’re doubly glad when Monday comes around: proud of the accomplishment, and looking forward to the relative relaxation of the work-week!

I love the way this has been working for us. Most weeks run smoothly. When crunch time comes, we’ve got healthy food in the fridge, routines we can rely on, and relationships that carry us through.

Using part of our weekend to make the rest of the week better also helps keep our stress and energy levels on an even keel. Instead of swinging wildly from “Oh no, it’s Monday” to “Thank goodness it’s Friday!”, or treating the work as something that gets in the way of life, we treat all of the days as part of life, and we invest time into making those days more wonderful. We also make sure we don’t end up thinking of the weekend as something that gets in the way of work.

Try turning your weekend into the beginning of your week, and use that time to make your week better.

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  • http://charuzu.wordpress.com Charles

    Your neko onigiri is kawaii! I hope J- liked it :-)

  • http://sachachua.com Sacha Chua

    When J- saw the onigiri in the fridge, she said, “We have cat sushi!”

  • http://mylenesereno.wordpress.com Mylene Sereno

    Great! I like this new insight…gotta try this too!

  • http://charuzu.wordpress.com Charles

    I still think of Monday as the first day of the week because the weekend tends to be the time
    of catching up and relaxation after the working week. I think it may have something to do with my upbringing and the Christian tradition of Sunday as the 7th day of the week and a day of rest … I am not a churchgoer and Sundays are often my busiest day these days!

    I will try thinking of Saturday as the 1st day of the week and see how that changes my perspective. I do tend to do my weekly reviews on a Friday so maybe this will allow me to start Mondays with
    more enthusiasm :-)

  • http://sachachua.com Sacha Chua

    You can consider Saturday as the big celebrate-the-past-week-and-get-ready-for-the-next-week day, and Sunday as the day to reflect, recenter, prepare for and improve on the next days. =)

  • http://www.legacydatabase.com LegacyDB

    That is soooo cute! And I love Adobo too, especially chicken (although pork is close 2nd).

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