The weekends are the perfect time to blend getting stuff done that you can’t get to during the week with a little relaxation. Finding the perfect balance of these two things is what makes the weekends so wonderful.
It can be easy to get up late on a Sunday morning and waste the day away on the couch. And while that’s needed sometimes, most of the time it feels great to have a truly productive weekend. Whether you’re shooting for a promotion at work and want to learn a new skill in your free time, looking to tackle a particular fitness goal, or just need to get a little extra work done for your side job, making progress during the weekends can make you feel accomplished and satisfied.
So how can you get your butt up and make the most of your free time during the beloved Saturday and Sunday days?
- Do you have a million things you want to get done this weekend? Cut that list in half. Rather than trying to get a bunch of little things done, pick the most important tasks and do them well. Check off those tasks that will have the highest impact for the effort you are able to put in. When you check everything off your list, you’ll feel accomplished and ready to take on the week.
- Try to wake up on the early side! Weekend mornings tend to be slower and offer fewer distractions than the afternoons and evenings, so tackle your to-do list ahead of the day’s distractions. Waking up late can set a lazy tone for your day, making it easier to hop on the couch and stay there.
- But if you’re sleep deprived – catch up. While waking up early is the ultimate way to be productive, if you’re in a realm of sleep debt, checking things off your to do list isn’t going to do you any favors. If you didn’t get much sleep the week prior, use your weekend to catch up. It will make you ultimately more productive the next week to be healthy and full of energy.
- Pick one day to be obligation-free. Luckily, the weekend is comprised of two days. So even if you do have a ton of work to accomplish, designate one day for productivity, the other for restful relaxation. And if you do choose to do work over the weekend, allot a specific amount of time to do it. Once that buzzer goes off, you’re done – trying to beat the clock should make you even more productive.
- Tackle tasks that utilize different skills than you use throughout the week. Practice a new skill, or try tackling a new hobby or errand. Using different parts of your brain during the weekend – while still being productive – can make you feel more rested, creative, and energetic during the week ahead. Using a different skill set challenges your brain to think about problems in new, creative ways – making for an excellent week ahead.
Remember: if you don’t have much to cross off your to-do list this weekend, don’t force productivity where it isn’t needed! Everyone needs a rest, and sometimes, taking some time off can actually do wonders for your productivity down the road. Listen to your brain’s signals and enjoy the weekend – all with the ultimate goal of accomplishing your to-do’s while still staying healthy and energized.