Let’s discuss the key ingredients for a fun and relaxing weekend where you make the most of your time.
You’ll make the most of your time when you plan ahead. I know, this sounds so not fun and not spontaneous. But, planning your weekends ahead actually makes them more fun because you can fit in all the pieces of a successful weekend.
Here are the key parts of a successful weekend to work into your planning:
- Do something fun
- Plan something active
- Make time to relax
- Leave time for week preparation
Some things you do will fit into multiple categories, and that’s great! I love checking off two things with one activity.
Do something fun
Incorporating fun activities into your weekend will make you feel like you have more time. As Laura Vanderkam describes in her book Off the Clock, people who have fun activities in their day feel like they have more time than those people who spend their time watching Netflix.
I recommend having a bucket list for your own city. Then, when you’re planning out weekends, you have a great list of ideas to work with.
I personally keep my city bucket list on a google map and I pin locations I’m interested in. I add to this map when someone recommends a new restaurant or a new place to see. Having fun ideas on hand ensures that I always have fun things to do.
Plan something active
The weekends are the perfect opportunity to plan something active. You have more time in your day, and you can devote some of that time to being active.
You could go for a run in your neighborhood. Or better yet, you could go for that run with your spouse.
Or instead of meeting up with a friend for lunch or coffee, you could meet them for an afternoon walk. It’s an easy form of exercise and can be so refreshing!
Make time to relax
Downtime is often fleeting during the weeks, so time to relax on the weekend is extra critical to recharge.
“Relaxing” can take on a variety of forms, and I recommend pondering what activity makes you feel refreshed and recharged.
For me, relaxing means reading, and I prioritize an hour of reading time on the weekends.
Take time to ponder, what do you like to do to relax?
Leave time for week preparation
Let’s be honest, who really likes prepping for the week ahead? Meal prepping? Chores?
I don’t like spending my precious weekend hours preparing for the week ahead. But when I do prep on Sundays, the week goes much smoother.
I have healthy food options to eat every day (so I eat out less). And I generally feel more on top of things when I have a clean home.
Here are ideas for how you can prepare for the week ahead:
- Meal prep so you have healthy meals and snacks
- Plan when you’re going to exercise during the week (so this actually happens)
- Look ahead at your work calendar (What meetings do you have? What will be your priority for the week?)
- Look ahead at your personal calendar (What friend dates or family events can you look forward to?)
Okay, now that you planned ahead for fun, active time, relaxation, and preparation, let’s discuss bonus tips to make the most of your weekends.
1. Wake up early
Nothing beats homemade coffee and breakfast as sunlight streams in during the morning. The weekends are the perfect time to enjoy breakfast since you aren’t rushing out the door to catch the train to work.
2. Reflect on your goals
Reflect on your current goals in life and the progress you’re making towards them. What steps have you taken to reach these goals? What steps do you want to take this week?
3. Have a date night with your partner
Perhaps this can even be the “fun” thing you plan for your weekend.