Best ways to spend your weekends

Acharya Prashant
8 min readJul 24, 2023

The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Questioner (Q): The youngsters today have found variety of ways to spend their weekends. How should a youngster really spend their weekend?

Acharya Prashant (AP): I will come straight to the point. First of all, this question should not really arise.

The very distinction between weekday and weekend portends trouble. It means that the weekend is being seen as some kind of a period of recuperation. And if the weekend happens to be, bluntly speaking, a period of recuperation, then the weekdays by implication, have been a period of oppression.

So first of all try not to be in a situation where weekends become very special to you, or even a day like Sunday becomes special to you. If you are someone who has stopped giving importance to Saturdays and Sundays, you will go far in life. And if you are someone who is always found looking forward to the next Saturday and Sunday, it means trouble.

And as I say this, I know what kind of impact these words would have on most of the audience, because this is what most of us do. I too have done this at some stage in my life. But that’s not healthy, not healthy.

Q: What is a suitable job?

AP: Have a job, be engaged in a kind of work, that does not make it necessary for you to seek relief or relaxation, or recuperation, or rehabilitation, over the weekend. Work is life. Work must not be something that taxes you and drains and saps out your energy. Work must be something that really rejuvenates you.

You must be looking forward to Monday. You must be looking forward to a Sunday only as much as you look forward to a Monday. So look forward to everything. And most of all, look forward to what you are doing right now. Otherwise, anything that you are seeking to look away from, is a point of disease in your life.

(Pointing at different objects kept on the table) I don’t want to look at one particular thing on this table, there is so much available here, on offer here. And I don’t want to look at this. And because I don’t want to look at this, I am forced to turn my neck this way. (Again pointing at different objects kept on the table). “Oh this is special,”…