Are your weekends never long enough? From Friday knockoff till the Monday morning alarm, the average person has about 60 hours of away-from-work time.
And everyone can admit that the weekends are too short and most dread it when it’s Sunday night – just one sleep away from hitting the road again.
However, there are ways to maximise the time you have over the weekends to relax, recharge and engage in recreational activities. Here are 10 ways to squeeze the most out of those 60 hours.
1. Have a plan
While it’s easy to just “go with the flow” and let things come over the weekends – since you have been doing too much work and planning over the previous work week – planning for your weekend gives you something to look forward to.
And it is such anticipation and expectation that gets us going, excited and out of the door in the morning, while others choose to sleep in.
2. Give yourself space
Now that you have a rough plan for your weekend, it doesn’t mean that you ought to fill every single minute with an activity.
Instead, nail down the few “key events or adventures” which you are going to undertake – catching up with a childhood friend, going on a long hike or giving your garden a makeover – and leave the gaps for anything else that may come by.
3. Stretch yourself
Occassionally, it will be great to do something that is totally out of your comfort zone – that which pushes you physically, mentally, socially or spiritually.
This could be a long drive to an exotic location, a visit to the local museum, doing something special for your neighbour or participating in a cause that you believe in.
Breaking a sweat is a great way to keep fit and stay healthy. Additionally, the endorphins released after a rigorous workout does help to reduce the stress you’ve accumulated during the week.
If you have been too preoccupied during the week to spend time with your friends and loved ones, why not make the intentional effort to take them out and have quality time over a meal or a communal activity?
Research has shown that cultivating healthy relationships helps us lower our stress levels, recover from illness faster and improve our longevity.
6. Schedule some down-time
After you are done with the key activities for the weekend, do have some down-time when you can just focus on unwinding and relaxing, like watching some TV, taking a nap, or indulging yourself with a nice meal.
7. Engage in your passions
Weekends are also great for you to pursue your passions and interests.
For instance, if you have a love for baking, you can spend some time on Saturday sourcing for recipes and cookbooks, buying the ingredients and doing some experimentation. You can then have some friends over on Sunday to get them to try your creations.
8. Plan for your week ahead
It’s true that while work is just only around the corner, dreading its arrival may mean that we end up spending Sunday evening worrying about what comes next.
Instead, look ahead in your week and come up with a plan of the things which need to be done and prioritise them in terms of their importance. This will help quench the Sunday-blues since you know what to expect and how to deal with them.
9. Don’t do too much work
Successful people do work on their weekends, but take note that even the greatest minds need a break.
If you really have pressing matters to work on, then set aside some time for it. Once that window has passed, tuck the work aside and enjoy the weekend!
10. Look forward to the next weekend
Bring your key activities to the next level by incorporating a sense of continuity in them.
If you did a 5K run with a friend on the previous weekend, why not challenge each other to go 8K’s this Saturday, and 10K’s on the following one?
Doing so will give you reason to be excited and expectant about the next weekend.
What are your plans for the coming weekend? How do you make of most of it? We would love to hear from you.