If you’re wondering how to get the most out of your day & make every day count, then you’re in the right place! Here are 9 easy ways to get as much out of each weekend or week day as possible, so that when Monday comes around you’ll feel like you were productive all weekend. Plus, they’ll help you fight the Sunday Scaries.
See Your Friends & Family
Nothing makes me happier than spending time with my friends or family during the weekend. When we’re busy taking care of errands or other household chores it’s hard to take some time for something more fun. But, make the effort to catch up with friends and family whether it’s dinner at the house or going out somewhere.
Enjoy Fresh Air
I’m at an office most of the week and during the winter there are definitely days when I go into the office while it’s dark and leave when it’s dark again. I haaaate it, but some days that’s just how my schedule goes. So, on the weekends, I make it a priority to get a few moments outside, even when it’s cold. Sometimes I go for a walk, run an errand for something close by or just do some yard work. Our bodies crave fresh air and sunshine, so make sure to get it when you can.
Side Hustle or Hobby
If you’ve got a side hustle or a hobby, carve out some time on the weekend to work on it. Too often we get caught up in the chores and other obligations and don’t make time for the things we love. So, schedule into your weekend and make it a non-negotiable to spend some time on it.
If your 9-5 involves sitting at a desk most of the day like me, then you know you need to make the most of your days off to move your body. Find whatever workout it is that you like and go do it.
Turn Off the Tech
Put your phone in a drawer and step away from the Netflix. You don’t want to spend your entire weekend staring at another screen, right? There’s obviously time for ‘gramming and catching up on shows, but make sure you balance it out with some time away from your tech too.
Rest – But Don’t Overdo It
Catch up on your zzzz’s and give your body some extra rest if needed. But be careful not to overdo it and sleep the day away. I know I feel much better when I get enough sleep and then start accomplishing things off my to do list.
Try Something New
Break up the monotony with something novel. Try a new restaurant, book, recipe, workout, fitness class, movie, coffee shop, etc. Trying something new keeps things fresh and always makes me feel like I really accomplished something over the weekend. Sometimes I get stuck in my routines, and it really improves my mood if I try even just one new thing.
Prep for the Week Ahead
I prep my meals for at least 1-2 days of the week on Sunday afternoon and get caught up on laundry along with other household chores. I try to get this done earlier in the day as well as completing some of the chores on Saturday so that I can enjoy my Sunday evening relaxing. By prepping things out for at least Monday, my week will be off to an easier start which hopefully sets the stage for the rest of the week too.
Reflect on Your Goals & Progress
Set aside at least 10 minutes to reflect on your progress towards your goals and evaluate things. You may need to adjust things or just take a moment to remind yourself how far you’ve come and set yourself up for continued success.
While all the above can be done during the week too I often find my days get away from me at the office and then I’m on to the next task. By taking time during the weekends and weekdays, where I can, to appreciate the parts of my life outside of my office/career I find that I’m much happier, less stressed and excited to start each day.
Tell me how you make the most of your weekends!
Casey is the founder of Casey La Vie & has been running this travel and lifestyle blog since 2016. She’s on a mission to balance her career as a social media manager with exploring her home of New York City and seeing more of the world.