My top tips on how to make the best of your weekends
Weekends are like the Net-a-Porter sale: far in between, ubiquitously anticipated, and generally wonderful in every way. So when they come around, it’s game on to enjoy it to the fullest, before the weekday slog begins all over again. The Minimalist in me has been working to perfect my weekend game for years, and it’s so importance for me when juggling my full time job and my blogger duties. So here are my top tips on how to make the best of your weekends.
Steer clear from chores
With so much time on your hands, the weekend is the time for doing all the things that you never get to do – road trips to the coast, long lunches with your bestie and the good ol’ bed-in where pants are never compulsory. Weekends being hallowed territory, they should never become the dumping ground for all the put-off-till-later chores of yesterday. But far be it for me to suggest that you should shirk those housekeeping responsibilities – my suggestion is to keep these to the weekdays instead.
Combine your goals
There’s so much to do, and so little time, but you can get the best out of your time by combining multiple goals into each activity. For example, a family outing to the local farmer’s market doubles as the weekly grocery shop. Turn workout sessions into a catch up with friends by organising a team game. Think you’re too busy for a visit to your favourite café this weekend? Think again. No one said you had to do your tax return at home – grab your laptop and work over a chai latte instead.
Do the morning things
It might seem crazy for me to suggest that you should get yourself up early on a weekend, but all the best things on a weekend happen early in the morning. Brunch at your favourite cafe, flea markets, church sales and fun runs, just a few. And the best part: returning from your morning outing to find that it’s only half past ten, and the day is just begining.
With so much free time on your hands, it’s still worth while to plan your time on the weekend. Find out what time things are on, and plan around these so you don’t miss out. The further importance of planning ahead feeds into our final tip.
Plan to relax
Relaxation is the key to productivity. Just ask Stanford researcher Cheri D. Mah, who found that basketball players dramatically improved their performance when they slept 10 hours a night. Therefore, a serious relaxation sesh should be one of your top goals on a weekend. Perhaps the biggest impediment to truly relaxing is an inevitable feeling of guilt – that we’re some how slacking off. To over come this, apply point 4, so you can leave one afternoon plan free – simply lay about the house, read a book, watch a few (or all) episodes of Game of Thrones and otherwise unabashedly do nothing at all. You will be surprised how much this energises you for the rest of the week.
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