Since the work week can be hectic and crazy, most of us look forward to the weekends. While the idea of a traditional weekend with 2 days off may seem like a thing of the past, Saturdays and Sundays are still days to rest and relax for the most of us. But how many of us actually productively use our weekends to rejuvenate ourselves? So much can be done in two days but many people waste their weekends sitting on the couch snacking or watching TV. While it’s certainly necessary to unwind once in awhile, so much more can be done in 2 days.
Here are 5 ways to make the most out of your weekends:
1) Take a short trip.
Many people complain that they don’t have enough time to go on vacations or trips. It can be hard to pull yourself away from work during the week. And if it is, don’t worry — that’s what weekends are for. Two days is plenty of time to work in a quick getaway. If your look right in your own city, there are sure to be restaurants, spas, parks, or museums you’ve never been to. Make a weekend out of it and be a tourist. It will help you relax and you’ll be all refreshed for the week ahead.
2) Avoid checking email.
Just as I recommend not checking your work email at 5 p.m. — I highly recommend not checking your email over the weekend. Checking your email the last thing during the day can leave you worrying about a work “crisis” that can’t be dealt with until the morning, anyway. That same principle applies on the weekends. If there is a true emergency, then your boss or teammates should have your cell phone to call or text you. Otherwise, don’t ruin your weekend by worrying about work issues that can be dealt with on Monday. I keep my iPhone with me so that my wife and I can text each other while we’re out with the kids, but I turn off my email. Life’s too short to be stuck on email during the weekends.
3) Spend time with family and friends.
Similarly, weekends are a great time to devote to family and friends, even if you aren’t hosting a soiree at your house. Time with people who are important to us can tend to be last on our priority list when there is so much else going on. Don’t let this slip because the relationships we keep in like are ultimately what’s most important.
4) Get in a good workout (or two).
We often underestimate the importance of a good workout. Instead of sitting around idly on weekends, schedule some time in to exercise. Consistent exercise will actually make you feel more energized. Also, exercise doesn’t have to be boring. Try something new like hiking or rock climbing. Also, find a friend to do it with you so you can keep each other motivated.
5) Plan, plan, plan.
There is much you can do on weekends but the most important thing to remember is to plan it out. Decide what you want to do and plan ahead of time. Don’t let your weekend go to waste.