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The How-To Lounge: Preventing Work-Week Burnout

Between early morning wake-ups, a full day of work or school, the usual obligations like taking out trash and doing laundry, weekdays are both burdensome and exhausting. And while visions of Friday night might keep us relatively sane, I have a few more things to remember while you’re trying to avoid work-week overload. To see them please


  • Live a little! Give yourself something to look forward to in the middle of the week, like a pizza night with girlfriends or a trip to the movies.
  • A late night or two during the week is manageable, but avoid getting into the pattern of extending your bedtime. Maintaining a reasonable schedule will make a huge difference in your energy level during the week.
  • Getting accustomed to healthy patterns like going to bed early, exercising in the evenings, or bringing healthy lunches to work are great ways to keep you focused during the week. But it’s important to keep your routine exciting. Every week or two, switch things up to keep a little spice in your weekday life.
  • Give yourself a night off. Order take-out or come up with a no-cook meal. Grab a magazine, paint your nails, enjoy a long hot bath, or a take walk at sunset. All the chores you need to do will still be there tomorrow.
  • Try a new hobby that you can work on during your free time, like scrapbooking or tennis. It will feel great to accomplish something outside of the office, especially something that’s just for you.


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LadyAngel89 LadyAngel89 8 years
If i didn't have to go to work and then come home and work (mostly around the house the domesticated stuff) it would be better, but now I can't even get away from work on the weekends :(
RustyAngel73 RustyAngel73 8 years
i go to bed far too late, forever causing problems within my working week.
violinladyfreak violinladyfreak 8 years
haha my job demands me to have 4 hours of sleep a night, if any, so all the chores are pushed indefinitely
kendallina kendallina 8 years
I can't seem to get anything productive done in my personal life during the week and I save everything for the weekend, which is kind of unfortunate.
cjmara805 cjmara805 8 years
Heh none of my chores get done except on weekends. Come Thursday, my place is a complete and total disaster!!!!
ehadams ehadams 8 years
I have been staying up way too late these days...I just can't find the time for everything I need to do... then I wake up late, get to work late, and it all continues. Blah.
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