If you clicked on this post, you most likely want to make the most of those two days reserved for rest and recreation. But are you spending your weekends to the maximum? How do you define a weekend that is well spent? This question is pretty much subjective. A lot of people spend their days off doing self-care activities, while others focus on household chores. Both are highly productive and create a positive effect.
What if we tell you, you can have a well-rested weekend and still be productive. Seems impossible? Keep on reading as we tell you that is not!
MAKE A PLAN
The key to having a productive weekend is to create a plan of activities. This will condition your mind and will make you look forward to doing the things that you have set. If you don’t carefully plan your weekend activities, you will end up watching tv all day or doing stuff that is not at all fulfilling.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MORNINGS
Weekends are probably reserved for days when you get to sleep in. But if you want to make the most of your days off, it will be best to wake up at a reasonable time. Why is this effective? Productivity on a weekend fosters a better mood. During weekdays, our time is mostly consumed by work. This leaves little time for yourself and for chores at home, like that pile of laundry waiting to be washed. Giving yourself time to do weekend tasks is also good for your mental health.
MINIMIZE SCREEN TIME
One of the reasons for decreased productivity is the time spent in front of digital devices like mobile phones, tablets, laptops, computers, and televisions. Even though this generation entails doing almost everything digitally, it’s still important to have a connection with the real world. This means time with family, friends, and yourself.
TAKE A BREAK AFTER DOING A CHORE
What’s the weekend without chores? It's that time of the week when we feel motivated to do the things we were deprived of on weekdays. But don’t forget that weekends are not for you to tire yourself out. So to keep the balance, take breaks when needed. Stir away from distractions for you to accomplish whatever it is that you need to get done.
DO NOT STAY UP LATE
Staying up late to binge-watch on a new tv series on Netflix can be very tempting. But you need to change your mindset that it’s okay to stay up until the wee hours on a weekend. Staying up late will make you less productive the day after, and the next thing you know, the weekend is already over, and you did not even tick off one chore from your to-do list.
GET SOME SUN
Give yourself time to do at least one thing outdoors. Weekends will probably be the only time when you can get outside and see the beauty of your surroundings. You do not need to go somewhere where it's crowded, but you can go for a quick walk, take your family on a picnic or even just enjoy a good book on your patio. Remember that a change of scenery is a good way to recharge after a hectic week.
Do not let the weekend come to an end without giving yourself some pampering. Get your nails done, try out a new recipe, light a candle, practice yoga, or meditate on a Sunday night. These are only some of the things you can do to restore your energy to welcome another new week! As much as possible, spend some quality time with yourself. There are a lot of health benefits that can sprout from practicing self-love.
That is why making yourself a priority is a habit that you should never feel guilty of.