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Sunday, 16 September 2018

3 Easy Ways to Break Your Work Week

Easy ways to break your work week

One of the perks of having a full-time job is annual leave. It is certainly one of the benefits if not the benefit that I am grateful for and fully treasure as a working professional.

In the past, I often associate taking annual leave with going away for a holiday. I felt it is a total waste of my annual leave to spend it in London.

Don't get me wrong. I am completely on board with going away. It is great! Not only a change in scenery is great for relaxing, reflecting and resetting your mind but also a fantastic way of exploring new places.

But sometimes all you want and need is to be away from your office desk, break away from your daily routine but still want to feel that you've accomplished something useful. As you know, it is often the little things that make a difference.

So today I thought I'd share 3 easy ways to break your work week.

Sign up for a class to learn a new skill

Whatever your interests and passions are, whether to learn more about photography, cake decorating or mastering the wing eye-liner look, I am sure there are classes that you could sign up to. If you've been wanting to pursue a new passion, learn a new skill, but can't find enough time to squeeze all that at the weekend, take a day off and stop using lack of time as an excuse.

There are many short courses available out there. I learned tremendously about camera setting and photography over a 2-day course in London. I learned about the anatomy of body movements which helped deepen my Pilates practice in one day. Ultimately, this was the course that sparked further interest in me becoming a qualified Mat Pilates instructor. Heck, I've even taken a day off to sit for my Grade 5 Piano exam! Whatever it is, learning a new skill especially if it is not related to your day job, is a great way to keep the mind going.

Spend time with visiting friends

I am blessed that I have friends scattered all over the world but it does come with a challenge. While technology such as WhatsApp and FaceTime have been helpful to maintain the friendship and keep in touch, there is nothing quite like spending time together, face to face. So whenever my friends visiting from abroad, I am always more than willing to take a day off to spend time with them. We often start with brunch and simply wander around the city afterwards to fill up the day. Coffee and cake break often involves in this situation. 

Cafes and restaurants are less busy during the week which means we can take as much time as we want to enjoy our meal. There is no rush to leave the table for the next person in the queue. This quality time spent together, albeit, only a day, often leaves me feeling happy and contented afterwards, it almost felt like I've been away on a holiday.  

Book in a 'Me Time'

Whether it is a facial, massage or a personal shopping session. Do it. You, your body and mind totally deserve it. 

I once attended a personal styling session and was advised that the best time to shop and update your wardrobe is during the week. New stocks are in, shops are less busy, and the merchandise is neatly laid out in store. 

Weekday shopping will change your experience. You will have the mental clarity to stick with the fashion vision board that you've created. If you need ideas or opinions, you will also get more attention from shop assistance as they are not being pulled in multiple directions from other customers. 

What's your take on this? Do share below as I am always open for new ideas on easy ways to break my working week. 
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  1. Such a nice post. I truly agree we sometimes even need a holiday from holidays.
    Personally, I can feel exhausted after a long trip abroad, and would rather prefer just to stay home and make some plans in the city with friends and family.

    Me time is essential to keep the balance.
    Personally, I do love a mid-week movie night all by myself.

    Thanks so much for sharing all these tips!

    Best regards,
    Allegra

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    1. Thank you Allegra. Couldn't agree more about the importance of me time to keep the balance. Mid-week movie night sounds like a real treat! x

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