5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Weekend…
Saturday and Sunday are the fastest two days of the week. Why? Because instead of getting up early and following a routine like we do the rest of the week, these days start later and often include several hours watching America’s Next Top Model reruns while folding laundry. If you’re still young enough to go out at night than most likely your weekends consist of too much alcohol, Waffle House at 2AM and breakfast at noon. While there’s nothing wrong with that on occasion, falling into a routine of mundane weekends leaves you feeling like you’ve wasted precious time and uninspired when Monday rolls around again.
Here are 5 ways to revamp your weekends and utilize your two days of freedom.
#1. Plan a Day Trip or Weekend Get Away
If you live within a few hours of the beach, the mountains or even a state park plan a short trip. Leave Friday night or early Saturday morning and get away from it all. Take advantage of sites like Priceline, Expedia and Hotwire to find last-minute hotel deals. If you can find one for around $60-$90, book it! Consider what you would spend ordering takeout or making an unnecessary trip to IKEA and it really evens out…and what you end up with is family memories instead of a Vejmon (IKEA speak) coffee table.
#2. “You” Time
If you plan on staying local, take some time out for yourself. Is there a book you’ve been wanting to read or a new recipe you’ve been meaning to try? Take some time to relax and focus on something that gives your mind a chance to rest.
#3. Do House Work During the Week
Instead of letting the dishes and laundry pile up throughout the week and then spending hours trying to catch everything up on the weekend, work those chores into the evening hours Monday – Thursday. Get everyone involved; make it part of the routine so when the weekend rolls around you’re free to do other things. Here’s a sample schedule I really like!
#4. Plan Something for Sunday Night
Even if you love your job and can’t wait to get back to the office Monday morning, Sunday night can be a downer. If you hate your job than this is especially true. Plan something for Sunday night; it prolongs your weekend and keeps your mind occupied instead of sitting around the house mulling over Monday. Whether it’s a long family dinner or a yoga class with friends, end your weekend on a high note and leave thoughts of Monday for Monday.
#5. Plan Ahead
There’s always room for spontaneity but try planning out your weekend ahead. Instead of waiting until Saturday morning to make plans for Saturday night, start making those calls mid-week. Having your plans established early will give you and your family something to look forward to. Whether it’s a reservation at a restaurant or a play date for your kids get those plans in motion. Call the babysitter early, get online and grab tickets ahead for that new movie before it sells out. Make the weekend what it’s supposed to be…a two day vacation!