I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have rolled out of bed on Monday morning wondering where my weekend had gone, as I’m sure some of you have wondered too. I am always wanting to make the most of my days off, but I never quite seem to do anything that I want to.
The weekend can be a great time to catch up on life, whatever that may include for you personally. For me, I always want to do only a couple hours of work each day during the weekend, and keep the rest of the time open for doing things I love. However, like I said, I always end up either staring at a computer all day or staring at the T.V. all day, completely wasting my time off. Hence, I have started to change this behavior by implementing a “weekend schedule.”
Most of the time people construct schedules geared towards work, errands, or habits. Why not create a schedule and organize the activities that you want to do during the weekend?
One study has shown that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals, if you write it down. Therefore, my first suggestion is that you write down what you want to accomplish that weekend in a physical planner rather than iCal. Start by making lists such as: “places I want to go,” “hikes I want to go on,” “places I want to eat,” etc. Then, after you have 2-4 lists, start doing two things each day during the weekend.
Not only will doing these things that you’ve been wanting to do bring you joy, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and productivity. Simultaneously, you’ll be reenergizing yourself for the week of work ahead by taking your mind off of stresses in your life.
Once you have finished the activity that you wanted to do, start checking them off your list and make it a fun habit by seeing all of the awesome things you have wanted to do get checked off. These don’t have to be activities that take a lot of time either. Maybe it will just be a coffee shop you haven’t tried but have wanted to for a while. Just the mere feeling of finally going to this coffee shop can make you feel productive and bring you joy.
For example, my most recent Sunday looked like this in my planner:
- 7:00 A.M. – Meditate and read
- 8:30 A.M. – Take dog on new hike in Columbia River Gorge
- 11:00 A.M. – Work
- 3:00 P.M. – Try new brewery
- 7:00 P.M. – Organize next day
I try to keep my weekend schedule in my planner nice and light, with a lot of spare time in between my activities to give myself some breathing room. But as you can see, I took my dog on a walk and used that time to go on a hike I had been wanting to try out for some time. Then, I did a few hours of work and rewarded myself by going to a new brewery and having some great beer and food.
By planning these activities ahead of time, I was able to immediately do the activities I wanted to do, without thinking too much about it. I find that if I don’t have my plans written down on the weekend, I end up over-thinking what I want to do and then end up doing nothing.
So give this a shot and see how great it feels when Monday morning rolls around. It’s always nice to have a feeling of accomplishment!
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