How often do you find yourself cramming as much as you can into your weekend? And when Monday rolls around you feel like you need another weekend to help you recover from your weekend! Sound familiar?
This is a common occurrence these days. With so many goals and responsibilities we see our ‘free time’ as the best time to cram in all of the to-dos we didn’t get done during the week. This isn’t always a bad thing as you should want to pursue things on the weekend. Instead of cramming every errand and activity into a few hours, why not focus on what you can’t do during the week.
For example; you might be in the habit of leaving your laundry for the weekend, when you could be fitting this in around dinner and TV time. Or maybe you work from home or study and you find yourself letting your work/study spill over into the weekend when you have allocated time during the week.
Do you ever get caught up in the ‘shoulds’ when you finally drop the to-dos and try to just relax or enjoy yourself? I should be doing washing, I should catch up on those assignments, I should catch up on work ready for next week… These are unfair guilty feelings that have no place in your weekend.
Here is how you can claim back your weekends and shoo the ‘shoulds’:
1) Plan your week as though the weekend isn’t there. Planning out your Monday to Friday will help you fit in day to day tasks freeing up your weekend.
2) Make a list of things you want to do with your SO, friends, and family on weekends. Write up places you want to go and things you want to see. This makes the next step a lot easier!
3) Turn Friday night drinks into a catch up & plan session. If you spend just 15 minutes talking about your week and what you would like to do/accomplish over the weekend you will find that you plan your time better and you fit a lot more of the fun things you want to do in.
And there you have it! Your weekend cheat sheet allowing you to let go of the guilt of what you ‘should’ be doing, and enjoying what you are doing.