Working for the Weekend?
How do you make the most of weekends?
Ideally, we think about the weekends as a time for fun. It's a time to relax. It's a time to do what we want.
Unfortunately, reality sets in and many times the weekends are anything but. Weekends sometimes become the time we work to play catch up. There is the laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning the house, and taking care of the yard.
The question is “why wait for the weekend to tackle these tasks?” In order to optimize the weekends, consider doing things a bit differently.
For instance, fitting in a chore or errand (or two) during the week will save you from staring at a long list on Saturday morning. It may be one load of laundry a day from Monday through Friday, or perhaps it is the errands to the dry cleaner and bank on Thursday. Try grocery shopping (even make it a family affair) on Friday evening. You'll often find the grocery store deserted at this time which makes for quick and less-stressful shopping.
Once you have shuffled a few of these “must-dos” from your weekend, consider the things that matter most. These may include a family outing or catching up with a friend. Be careful not to over schedule. Some people pack so many social events into their weekend calendars they are more exhausted after the weekend than they were before! It's okay to say “no” to social outings. Do the things that matter most to you and your family.
Weekends are a great time to establish family traditions. Perhaps schedules do not align during the week to enjoy breakfast together. Make it a priority one morning on the weekend. Establish a tradition of bagels or pancakes. Involve the family. Spend a little time enjoying the household, letting children play.
If you are lucky enough to have a child that sleeps past 7am, try it too! So often, we feel we have a “to do” list that must be done. Let it wait. Snuggle in and relax.
By moving a few errands and making a few plans, you will be making the most of your weekend.