We’re all usually excited before the weekend. Who wouldn’t be? Time off work, opportunity to relax and do the things that we enjoy. Friday afternoon is the peak of anticipation and excitement. We can’t wait to walk out of the office and think of anything else but work… till Monday rolls around again. Our heads are full of ideas and we know exactly what we want to do and how we want to spend our two days of freedom.
Suddenly… Sunday evening creeps up and we cannot remember why and what happened with the entire previous two days. You did something… but somehow nothing from the long list of great ideas you had on Friday evening. Maybe you slept an hour longer, took a nap or watched the TV for an extra half an hour, nevertheless the time has passed. Feeling uneasy about it you promise yourself to be more in control next weekend.
If you’re wondering how to get more out of the weekend then read on. I might just have what you’re looking for so you can enjoy your weekends to the full. This way when Sunday evening comes you’ll feel both physically, and mentally, relaxed
It may sound slightly contradictory. Planning and relaxation seemingly don’t go together. Planning is for tasks at work not so much for weekend activities. Focus on the benefits though and you’ll quickly understand why it’s a great idea. If you want to divide your time between family, friends and yourself, then planning for the weekend ensures that you get done exactly what you are aiming to get done. Otherwise we often end up doing what we usually refer to as “nothing“.
Eat that frog!
If you eat a frog first thing in the morning, the rest of your day will be wonderfulMark Twain
If there’s something at the weekend that you’re not particularly looking forward to, then try your best to complete it first. A family shopping trip? Why leave it till Sunday afternoon? Washing the car? How about going on Saturday morning? Completing it early will give you a glow of satisfaction when you realise that the unpleasant duty is done. Then there’s only fun left…
Sometimes we cannot even clearly remember what we have done and where we have been throughout the weekend. It’s Sunday evening, we know that the days are gone, but where… how…? So be mentally and physically present in your days and focus on mindful experiences. Fully enjoy the taste of the food you are eating, listen attentively to a story your friend wants to share, laugh out loud with your kids watching cartoons or go for a walk and enjoy the view. Whatever you do, participate actively in what is happening.
Filling up your time with activities can be fun, but if you feel you need to find some space for yourself, do. This can be a moment for you to enjoy a good book, listen to your favorite music or just relax.
Allow for change
I know. “Plan” was first on the list and “frog-eating” was second, but also allow yourself to be spontaneous and flexible. Are you sure that everything you’ve planned really has to be done this weekend? Maybe you can put things off, arrange your time better at week days and this way weekends will be all about the truly relaxing and exciting activities you prefer.
How do you get the most out of your weekends? Share your best tips and solutions.
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