Why is it that some weeks go by so slow, while pretty much every single weekend seems to go by at rapid speed? Between checking off household chores and cramming in as many fun activities as possible, there is never enough time to get everything done before the Monday blues start. Our contributor, Chelsea Jackson of Hazel + Scout, is here today to offer some tips on making the most of your weekends to leave you feeling productive and refreshed come Monday morning. Be sure to let us know in the comments how you make the most out of your weekends. We’d love to know!
With back-to-school now a thing of the past and summer long gone, suddenly the weekends are beginning to feel a lot more precious, and those dreaded Monday blues are worse than ever. With 60 glorious hours in between your last work email on Friday and the sound of your Monday morning alarm clock, it’s a mad dash to cram in as much excitement and relaxation as possible.
My idea of the perfect weekend is one that leaves me feeling not only recharged, but also accomplished and excited to take on the grueling week ahead. How do you craft the perfect weekend? Keep reading for six helpful tips.
1. Plan Ahead.
As tempting as it is to play the weekend by ear, consider making some concrete plans for Saturday and Sunday. Not only will you guarantee there’s an exciting activity on the horizon (what about making reservations at that restaurant you’ve been dying to try or booking some concert tickets?), but having something to look forward to will give you a little extra momentum throughout the week. Thinking about your AWESOME plans all week will make that special Friday feeling so much sweeter! Need more ideas? We rounded up 20 things for you to do in October.
2. Start Your Monday Prep On Friday.
With the countdown to the weekend starting on Friday morning (TGIF!), the last thing you want to do is prepare for the week ahead. Using Friday to get a leg up on next week might actually be the best thing you can do for your weekend sanity! Nip the Monday blues in the bud by purging your inbox or replying to anything that’ll plague your brain during the weekend. That way, you can truly step away when the week is over and relish those delicious work-free days.
3. Divide and Conquer Life Admin During The Week.
We’ve all been there: Your space is looking a little lackluster after a hectic week of leaving the mail to pile up, all of your laundry is dirty and the fridge is barren. What started as a simple tidy quickly turns into a marathon Saturday cleaning session and suddenly a whole weekend day has passed you by. Rather than leaving your chores for later, spread out your to-do list and tackle tasks during the week so that you can revel in some sweet R&R when you’re supposed to be unwinding.
Implement some tidy-as-you-go strategies from Monday to Friday, like folding a load of laundry while you’re binging the newest Netflix show or straightening up the bathroom while you brush your teeth each morning. Less work for the weekend means maximum time spent doing things you’ll actually enjoy.
I’m guilty of falling into the Instagram trap every day of the week, but there’s something especially tempting about waking up late and rolling over just to waste a couple of hours on my phone on the weekend. I start pinning DIYs I’ll probably never get to and catching up on Facebook posts and in the blink of an eye, it’s 5 p.m. and all I’ve done is double-tap snapshots of everyone else’s weekend plans.
It may seem obvious, but I’m so much more relaxed when I’m not constantly being pulled away by the “ding” of notifications or updates. Keep the hyper-connectivity at bay by starting a “no phones on Saturday” policy or, if you’re super attached (aren’t we all?), just leave it at home while you head out to Sunday brunch. I promise your feed won’t miss you too much and you’ll actually soak up the time spent with friends without the glow of the all-encompassing rectangle in your pocket.
5. Practice A Little Self-Care.
The weekends are made for doting on yourself, so why not try to fit in some serious self-care? Read a book (here are a few we’re loving this month) instead of scrolling mindlessly while you enjoy your morning java, or start a Sunday tradition of trying a new face mask. Cut down on brunch mimosas or Saturday night drinks with the girls to ensure that you’re well-rested and clear-headed come Monday. Bonus points for weekend activities that are actually self-care in disguise (massage appointments, I’m lookin’ at you).
6. Put Monday Out Of Your Mind.
For me, the worst part of the weekend are the Monday blues. When Sunday starts coming to a close, I get a wave of anxiety about the busy week ahead and spend the whole afternoon lost in my worries for Monday. By indulging in thoughts about your week before the weekend is over, you’re spending a whole day fretting when you could have been using that time to recharge. Combat these feelings by setting up something fun for Sunday evening like a movie marathon with your girls or a casual dinner party. Distracting yourself with exciting plans will keep that weekend feeling going until the very last minute.