I feel like I have a love/hate relationship with weekends. I love the slower, relaxing pace they can have. But I also love to use them to get ready for the week so the week is a bit smoother and can also have relaxing moments! The combination of both is how to get the most out of your weekend along with these tips!
How To Get The Most Out Of Your Weekend
Make a list: I always make a to do list going into the weekend. Just like I do every other day. I love knowing what needs to get done because with two kids we have A TON going on all the time.
Set aside time for fun things: I need to be productive but I also want to have fun! We always try to do at least one family activity (swimming, movies, park, etc) and I love to work in time with friends or a date night if we can as well! It’s important to feel refreshed after your weekend and one thing that refreshes me is time with loved ones.
Meal plan/prep for the week: One of the things that help us a lot is having some things meal prepped for the week. Lots of cut-up fruits and veggies for lunches and snacks, healthy muffins ready for breakfast, hard-boiled eggs, and grilled chicken. It makes it easier to just get stuff thrown together in a healthy way. We also plan out what we are going to do for dinners for the week.
Start the week off clean: For this I mean changing sheets, washing towels, getting ahead on laundry etc. I also wash Charlotte’s nap mat from camp/school and make sure their clothes and shoes are all ready for the week.
Get in a good workout or two: I always try to do longer workouts on the weekend because sometimes weekday mornings the workouts get cut short. We also love to do a family walk or two (when it’s not 110 degrees).
Set aside time for yourself: This is super important in my opinion. I think having time to yourself over the weekend can help make you feel refreshed. Sometimes I will just go run a few errands alone. Or read when the kids are napping. Getting a manicure/pedicure or a massage is always a nice treat too!
Clear the clutter: I HATE clutter! I love to do a once-through on Sundays and throw out anything we aren’t using or anything that could be deemed as trash/clutter.
How do you get the most out of your weekend?
These are great tips. In my opinion, there is just not enough time during the weekend. I am cleaning, grocery shopping, meal planning, trying to relax, running errands, and going to sports events, or a social event, sometimes working…I need more than 2 days to do all of these things. Sometimes the weekend flies by in a blink of an eye and it’s Monday again. A 3 day weekend would be ideal.
We do our big cleaning on the weekends, too. It’s nice to start the week with everything clean and ready to go. The weekends are the only time I don’t workout because it’s my chance to sleep in. But, I do love having a list of things to accomplish!
Set aside time for yourself is something of a struggle to me. But, I guess, if this improves my mental health then I should have lean hours on weekend.
Oh, wow. You are FAR more productive than I am on the weekends. Then again, that’s probably why my weekdays are so crazed! LOL
I always try to get some me time. It helps me get through the next week.
I’m also a person who makes lots of lists, so I am with you on that one. On weekends, I try to get the list items taken care of early in the day, so that the rest of the day is mine to do as I please.
Making a list is so simple. Yet it can totally make or break how much I accomplish. It’s a must for sure!
Great advice! We do try and plan ahead but sometimes things get away from us. But it certainly feels better to be prepared.
I get the most out of my weekend by doing the things I love. Weekend for me is just total relaxation, no work, and no blogging. Just family and exercise.
Such an awesome post that is very useful to have that amazing weekend everyone is desiring! Definitely a great help or reference to planning ahead our weekend routine to make most of it!
Nnniiiiccceeee…I do my laundry on Sunday as I watch as many movies and series as possible on Saturday.
Our weekends are always go, go, go!! I like summer, that’s where I get some true R&R.
I love squeezing the most out of my weekend. It’s my only time with my kids so I have to use it wisely.
When I’m not on the road, I enjoy spending Sunday afternoon into the evening cooking for the upcoming week!
Taking time out for yourself is extremely important. And making a list is a great way to give more time to yourself.
are you reading my mind?! that’s what most on my weekly weekend list.
these are such great tips. i’m saving this for later.