Why do some weeks pass so slowly, while every single weekend seems to pass so fast? Between checking off household chores and cramming in as many fun activities as possible, there is never enough time to get everything done before the Monday blues start.
There are methods to make your weekends more “productive” just as there are ways to make your workweek more “productive.” In this scenario, that means making the most of your two days off and returning to work rejuvenated and ready to perform at your best. While there are several things you can do to improve your weekends, the following are the very most important:
Plan Ahead Of Time.
As tempting as it is to leave the weekend to chance, make some firm plans for Saturday and Sunday. Not only will this ensure that there is an exciting activity on the horizon (what about making reservations at that restaurant you’ve been wanting to try or purchasing concert tickets?) but having something to look forward to will give you a little additional momentum throughout the week. Thinking about your AMAZING plans all week will make that wonderful Friday seem even more amazing.
This isn’t to say you can’t allow for some spontaneity here and there, but in general, you should know what you want to gain out of your weekend. If you don’t have any plans, you’ll almost always wind up doing nothing!
Every day of the week, I’m guilty of slipping into the Instagram trap, but there’s something more enticing about getting up late and rolling over on the weekend simply to squander a couple of hours on my phone. I start pinning DIY projects I’ll probably never complete and catching up on Facebook updates, and before I know it, it’s 5 p.m. and all I’ve done is double-tap images of everyone else’s weekend plans.
It may sound apparent, but I’m a lot calmer when I’m not continually distracted by the “ding” of notifications or updates. Start a “no phones on Saturday” policy or, if you’re overly attached (aren’t we all? ), simply leave it at home while you go out to Sunday brunch. I guarantee your feed won’t miss you too much, and you’ll be able to enjoy your time with pals without the distraction of the all-encompassing rectangle in your pocket.
Self-Care Is Important.
Weekends are intended for pampering oneself, so why not attempt to squeeze in some real self-care? Instead of idly scrolling while drinking your morning coffee, read a book (here is a couple we’re liking this month) or create a Sunday habit of trying a new face mask or learning how to curl bottom lashes. Reduce your consumption of brunch mimosas and Saturday night beers with the gals to guarantee you’re well-rested and clear-headed on Monday. Weekend activities that are disguised as self-care (massage sessions, for example) get extra points.
Spend Time With Family and Friends.
Reconnect with family members or acquaintances who have been neglected recently. Don’t do it out of obligation or guilt. You should do it because you want to. Check-in with them to see how they’re doing. Don’t just call them when you need them. Return their calls if you were unavailable when they last tried to contact you. Speak with them. Take their advice. Be available to them. Human connection (hugging, caressing) is essential for your well-being.
And if you don’t have relatives or friends near you because of job or other circumstances, seek out people who share your interests. Learn about them. Spend time with them, even if it’s only for coffee or supper, or organize a group city trip, or go for that leather phone case cover shopping you have been procrastinating. You’ll feel so much better and more revitalized than if you spent your time alone or, worse, languishing in loneliness.
To be sure, the weather isn’t always on our side — but if you’re prepared for whatever the elements may throw at you, you shouldn’t be too concerned about getting some fresh air. Simply get outside and go for a walk, run, hike, cycle, or anything else that comes to mind! Remember to carry your goggles while at it. It’s surprising how getting some exercise and fresh air can make you feel refreshed – and if you can share the experience with others, that’s even better.
Make new friends with nature. Take note of its beauty. Take a deep breath of fresh air. Everything is permitted, from a casual walk on the beach to a mountaineering vacation. Simply seek the top weekend outdoor activities in your region.
Avoid Excessive Alcohol Consumption.
There’s no doubting that most of us like a drink, and the temptation to overindulge on Friday night is all too common. However, the next day you’ll most likely feel a little off-color and spend most of the day in bed or nursing a hangover — and so the day will pass you by without you doing anything. As a result, we recommend that you take it easy when drinking. A little alcohol might help you relax over the weekend, but don’t allow it to take over your vacation!
There you have it. Six-weekend activities that will have a long-term good impact on your life. Put these into action, and you’ll be able to conquer the Monday blues!
What are some more weekend activities that you enjoy?