photo by Chelsea Laine Francis
I know I’m not the only one who has gone to bed Sunday night thinking “where the heck did my weekend go?”. We’ve all been there — Monday morning comes too soon and you find yourself recounting every minute of your weekend, wondering where it all went wrong.
Whether you spend your days off at the lake, on the couch, or in a coffee shop, there are a few things you can do to get more out of your weekend. While I may not be a perfect weekend warrior every Saturday and Sunday, here are my current initiatives for getting the most out of my days off.
1. Don’t go straight home after work on Friday. | For the longest time, I wouldn’t make plans on Fridays because it was my evening to hang out with Dago after a long week of work and being a social butterfly. We always meant to go out to dinner or go to the park, but every week we found ourselves sitting on the couch eating fast food or ice cream, him playing FIFA and me catching up on blogs.
Then, on a random Friday in April, I decided to do a little shopping on Friday before going home. When Monday rolled around, I felt like I’d really spent time on myself over the weekend and was ready to take on the week. The following Friday, I made a pizza date with a girlfriend, and again Monday was a piece of cake. Regardless of what I did on Saturday or Sunday, I had fulfilling weekend time on Friday and that made all the difference. Now, I do at least a little something every Friday between work and going home, that way my weekend starts as soon as I leave the office instead of waiting until I wake up Saturday morning.
2. Unplug — but really. | Like most people, I struggle with not checking my email every time I get a notification on my phone, which can lead to working even when you’re supposed to be weekending. Even just being on Twitter or Instagram keeps my focus on the same tiny screen I look at all week, instead of on the world around me where I actually have the time and energy to explore.
I’m not saying leave your phone at home for the whole weekend, but if you’re really putting your energy into whatever you do for the weekend — hiking in the woods or adventuring in a new part of town — it won’t be a big deal to leave your phone in your bag for an hour or two without checking for Instagram likes or retweets. Part of the goal here is to go out and do something with your weekend that’s exciting and engaging enough to not need your phone as a distraction.
3. Have a Sunday night routine. | This is the part where I, the blogger, reminds you that I’m not perfect. I don’t yet have an awesome Sunday routine that I do every single week, but I’m working on it because the Sundays where I do participate in a routine make Monday mornings so much easier.
So far, my routine looks like this: plan out my Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday blog posts and start drafts in Blogger; eat dinner; attempt to watch True Detective but blog instead because it’s boring; finish up Monday’s post and get Tuesday or Wednesday’s started about the time Dago goes to bed at 9:30; think about what I have going on the coming week and what outfits those commitments will require, and then decide what I’m wearing Monday and make sure that’s clean/not wrinkly; read a little before bed; scroll through the Explore section of Instagram until I fall asleep.
While this probably doesn’t sound like the routine you were expecting — a hot bath, no screen time, meal planning, yoga before bed — it’s what I do every Sunday and it helps me prepare for the week ahead. If I stay out too late on Sunday, these things don’t get done, and then Monday sneaks up on me and the whole week is out of whack.
So that’s how I’ve been getting more out of my weekends. What helps make your Mondays a little easier?
P.S. Interested in more insight into getting a hold on things? Check out my post on making balance!