It's unfair isn't it?
Of the 7 days of the week, we only get 2 to enjoy ourselves, get stuff done, clean, shop, see friends and family... and then before you know it it's Monday and you're back to the grind!
Well today, I want to share with you how to make the MOST of your weekends, to maximize on fun and effectiveness, so you always feel accomplished rolling into your week!
I know from experience that not making the most of your weekend can leave you feeling stressed and regretful at the start of the work week. That's exactly the feeling I want you to learn to avoid.
The work is hard enough, lets not make it harder on ourselves by not maximizing the time we have off!
By keeping the following 5 steps in mind, before long you'll be a weekend warrior!
1) Skip the sleep in - sort of...
During the week, I wake up at 6am; on weekends, I indulge in an extra hour or two (sometimes 3!) of sleep before I start my day.
But by 9am I am up, dressed, and taking on tasks.
I know that sleeping in on the weekend is one of life's great joys. In fact, if you're lucky enough to have a slow weekend planned, I encourage you to indulge. But if you have a lot to accomplish, the worst thing you can do is to waste half your day sleeping!
Don't be one of those people who sleeps until noon then complains about getting nothing done! Get outta bed!
2) Have a plan!
This might be the project manager in me, but I don't go into the weekend without a plan.
Know which chores you might need to do, which activities you'd like to accomplish and have some idea of meals and their time commitments (cooking at home? eating at a restaurant?).
Most importantly, build time in for social engagements! Spontaneity is great, but the key to a well organized weekend is to have a good idea of who you are seeing and WHEN. And with that in mind...
3) Don't over book.
You're seeing friend A for brunch, friend B for mid afternoon coffee, friend C for dinner, and then hitting a party... NO!
Speaking as someone who loves to be out socializing, this is the worst thing you can do to your weekend. Not only will you run yourself ragged rushing to and from your appointments, but you won't have time to get any of your own stuff done!
Most importantly though, you won't be giving your friends or family the attention they deserve. If your mind is scrambling to your next appointment, it's hard to focus on the important person in front of you.
Dial back on the social, you can always make more plans next weekend.
Don't get stuck cleaning all day on Saturday, cleaning all week will seriously free up your time for more fun activities!
I have to admit that this one was hard for me to start doing. By the time I get home from work, make dinner and clean up dishes, the idea of cleaning the bathroom or getting laundry done isn't very relaxing.
But here's the thing, most chores don't take that long individually. It's only when you do them all at once that you waste a whole day! Even if you take 20 minutes to vacuum or tidy up around your home, you'll be in a better position come the weekend.
Who wants to spend their precious weekends cleaning?
This last step is all about maximizing your time.
Put dinner in the oven, and do dishes while it cooks. Review your mail in the morning while the coffee percolates. Invite a friend to go marketing with you rather than going alone!
If you have two or three tasks that you can easily accomplish at the same time, make that a habit.
Before long you'll wonder why you ever stood watching the coffee pot waiting for it to finish percolating so you could pour a cup before you got anything else done... Something I'm sure we've all done once or twice (I know I have!)
I know from time to time we've all wished that there were more hours in the day, more days in the week, and that weekends were longer and work weeks were shorter!
But even if we got those wishes, we'd still feel the same way. We'd sleep in more, overbook more, let the laundry pile up and still find ourselves swamped on weekends.
The best defense is a good offense! Have a plan, multi task, and take charge of your weekend. Before long you'll be the person that your co workers HATE because you always seem to get so much done while avoiding stress.
And really, isn't that what we all want?
YOUR TURN! I want to know, what's your weekend vice? The one habit that you wish you could break to have a more productive weekend? Let me know in the comments below!
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