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We can all agree that weekends are precious and few. They take too long to get here and leave far too soon. For me, Saturday and Sunday are catch-up days. I have to catch-up on alone time, laundry, cleaning… and the list goes on. If I don’t make the most of that time, I feel ill-prepared to take on whatever the week might throw at me.
That’s why I put together a list of things you can do to help make the most of every weekend. I hope it helps you as much as they help me.
1. Wake Up Early.
I know that the weekend is supposed to be your time to sleep-in and catch all those lost zzz’s the past week stole from you, but hear me out. If you have a family to care for, or in my case, a big scruffy dog, the early morning hours may be the only time you find some peace. I love rising with the sun and drinking my coffee. Waking up early gives you time to meditate and reflect. Alone time is important. Plus, if you sleep in on the weekends, your weekday sleep schedule gets off kilter. There is no shame in hitting the sheets at 9pm on a Saturday night.
2. Write It Out.
This part of the weekend is so important to me. I have to put my thoughts down on paper. I love to journal, and if you haven’t journaled before, I recommend trying it. Don’t do it begrudgingly though. Let it come naturally. For some, their blogs are a way to get their thoughts out, even if it’s in the form of a helpful post. I like to blog, then transition to my pen and journal and let out all the feelings I don’t want the world to see. It’s probably one of the most therapeutic things you can do.
3. Cook One Real Meal.
If you are like me, you eat out way too much during the week. Not only is this hard on your budget, but it’s tough on your body too. I love to cook, and the weekend is when I have the chance to prepare a meal that requires a little more time and effort. It also gives you an opportunity to meal prep and plan out a lunch menu for the week so you’re not always hitting up Chipotle and Panera.
4. Cross Off the To-Do List.
Is there a household chore you’ve been needing to do, but just haven’t had the time? Accomplish that task over the weekend! Finishing up one little task makes me feel like I’ve conquered the world, and I don’t have to regret not getting it done during the week.
5. Get Your Duckies in a Row.
No matter what the upcoming week holds for you, take some time over the weekend to prepare. For me, this involves setting out my PT gear, chopping up veggies and planning what I’ll eat throughout the week, plus writing my weekly to-do list.
6. Go Outside
Unless it is ungodly hot or cold, spend some time outside. Take a walk. Go for a jog. Feed the pigeons. It doesn’t matter what you do, just do it outside. I’m writing this post from my balcony. Being outdoors is a great way to reflect, smell the fresh air, and enjoy all the work God put into creating every tiny detail of the world.
So what are you waiting for? How do you make the most of your weekend? Are you wasting them away?