Do you often find yourself checking the time on a Sunday evening, shaking your head and asking “Where did the weekend go?” Let’s face it – it can be difficult to fit the right balance of rest and recreation into two days. Here are some of our favourite tips to make your 48 hours of freedom count!
Get outside of your bubble next weekend by taking a daytrip. Give yourself some destination inspiration by setting aside some time to make a daytrip box. Fill a box/hat/jar with names of places you’d like to daytrip to and pick one out at random on a Friday night. Your weekend will be much more satisfying with the addition of an out of town adventure, even if it’s just for a day.
Do the boring stuff first.
For fulltime workers, the weekend unfortunately can become a time dedicated to running errands leaving little space for rest and recreation. Our advice? Get these tasks out of the way as soon as possible. Spend Friday night or Saturday morning doing anything that need to get done. You won’t have to worry about them again and you’ll still have the rest of your weekend ahead of you.
Make Friday night count.
As we mentioned before Friday night is a great time to get things done. Take advantage of the time between finishing work and Saturday morning by planning your weekend or giving it any early start. Is there something you need to prepare for? Do it Friday night. No plans for the weekend? Go out for dinner and drinks, see a movie or whatever you want to do to start your weekend early.
Perhaps the weather is no good or maybe you just can’t get away, there is no need to call the weekend a write off. Before you call it a day, consider bringing up the mood by doing a spot of cooking. Whether you whip up a Sunday roast or make some meals for the week, cooking is one of the most rewarding ways you can spend you weekend indoors.
Stay away from the TV.
Binging on Netflix or smashing out video game achievements are a tempting way to spend the weekend, but ultimately they can play a huge part in asking yourself where your weekend went. If you identify with this, try abstaining from using the TV over the weekend – you might be surprised with how much more time you have.
Master the art of fitting all the action you can into your weekend, to make sure you start Monday relieved and refreshed. If you’re desperate you could start planning to move somewhere with a four day work week. Until then, be thankful you don’t live in Mexico or Nepal where the average worker has only a one day weekend!