Make Every Hour of Your Weekend Count

Even if you love your job, there’s nothing like the bliss of a Friday evening. A hard week behind you, and two days ahead to relax, catch up on life and spend time with people you love. What you might not have known is that every weekend is just 60 hours long, but play your cards right and you can make the most of every one!

Make a plan…

While planning may seem like the antithesis of a relaxing weekend, it’s always good to have an idea of what you want your ideal weekend to look like. Otherwise you may end up facing into another work week on Sunday evening wondering where all the time went! Every weekend can be different and if you’ve got a busy schedule with work, kids, family, friends, etc., it’s even more essential to make the most of your precious time. Planning some fun activities for the weekend, might also perk up your weeks as you feast on the anticipation! Yum.

…but plan for laziness too

If you lack a plan and want to do nothing at the weekend, chances are you’ll end up filling your time with unrewarding time-sinks. Planning your weekend should be very different to planning your weekday. Have a plan for a few big events or activities you want to take part in, and then aside from that… just chill out. You’ve earned it!

Do something a little different

Something I hear from pretty much everyone I meet is that they’ve never really explored where they live. We fall into routines so easily that it’s often hard to discover what’s on your doorstep. Look into fun things that you’ve never seen or done before within a set radius of your house – how far you’re willing to travel is up to you. Then every-so-often, go and explore!

Exercise

Tempting as it is to sleep in and just veg at the weekends, it’s a good idea to get a little physical activity in. You’re not under the same time-pressure that you are during the week, so working out can be a pleasant bit of me-time, as well as generally being good for you. Choose an activity that you love, and take it easy. You don’t need to run marathons – just get out and about and inhale a bit of air into your lungs!

Don’t give in to the Sunday blues

Many good weekends have been ruined by the slow creep of the Sunday Night Fear. Even if you really love your job, sometimes it can be disheartening to face back into a busy week. Want an easy way to banish the blues? Simple – just plan something fun or relaxing for Sunday evening. Whatever you need to properly rejuvenate yourself – make it happen!

Don’t get bogged down in other people’s schedules

So much time can be wasted by giving in to the needs of others, which takes our own time away from us. Whether you’ve promised to help out a friend, or have to cart your kids to swimming lessons, find a way to incorporate something for you into these tasks. Read a good book while you’re waiting for soccer practice to end, listen to that new album you’ve been aching to hear while you help a friend paint their kitchen. Whatever you’ve committed to, make it work for you too.

Don’t waste time on housework

Okay, I know that some people find household chores therapeutic but I am not, and never will be, one of them. Don’t waste precious hours of your life on drudgery – at least not at the weekend. Do you really need to see out through your windows today? You can sort out your files on Monday! The car isn’t that dirty! You see what I’m saying here. Don’t scrub all the life out of your weekend!

Plan ahead

Once you’ve had a lovely weekend, try and get a head-start on the following week. Have a quick glance at your schedule, and make a plan for what you want to achieve. Not only will this help to align your goals for the week ahead, it also means that you’ll have all your work done, and can be ready to enjoy next weekend when it rolls around. That’s a plan I can get behind.

Carrie M. King

Carrie M. King

Carrie M. King is the Editor of the Journal by Jobspotting. Hailing originally from smack-bang in the middle of Ireland, she moved to Berlin in 2014 to join the gang at Jobspotting. Carrie previously worked in journalism and literature. If you want to share thoughts or ideas, get in touch: carrie@jobspotting.com