I just came inside from sipping an iced coconut coffee on our back deck. Afternoons are one of my favorite parts of the day – the girls are napping, I’m able to get a little work and cleaning done and then I try to relax for a bit before the girls wake up. For me, weekdays are very similar to weekends except my husband isn’t home most days during the week. I prefer weekends to weekdays simply because he is here and I try not to do any work 🙂
Lately, we’ve really been making the most out of our weekends. Even though we don’t have much of a social circle yet here in North Carolina, we make sure to plan fun activities just about every weekend day. Last weekend we went out for pizza and live music on Saturday, went for a long walk and to the park on Sunday morning and played outside while BBQing on Sunday evening. We like to keep our weekends a mix of fun activities and downtime, mostly because our girls still take naps and everyone needs a little downtime, right?
Here are my five tips on how to make the most of your weekends and for keeping weekends fun!
Always have a loose plan in place. OK – I know, it’s been a long week and you simply want to “do nothing” and “relax.” While that’s great, what exactly is “doing nothing?” You can’t do nothing! Even if you’re taking a nap, you’re still doing something. For us lately, it’s been working great to have a loose plan in place for the weekend. Since we have young kids, we keep it flexible, but we enjoy looking forward to our weekends and having some plans in place! Our plans are always super simple – like going to Target and Costco on Saturday morning and eating lunch at Costco, or going to our favorite park in the afternoon, or going to a fun shopping plaza for live outdoor music, a park and dinner, or even just spending time outside with the neighbors! I highly recommend having a loose plan in place to make your weekends more fun!
Give yourself some relaxation time. We all want to relax on the weekends, but how do you plan on relaxing? Is it relaxing for you to read a book, sit outside, watch tv, go for a walk, a combination of all of the above? For me, I relax by sitting on our deck, talking with my husband, goofing off online and going for long walks. I make sure at least a few of these happen every weekend!
Create weekend traditions. Since our girls are still young, we haven’t started any formal traditions with them yet, like making pancakes every Sunday or having a family movie night on Saturday (two traditions we’ll be starting soon!). My husband and I, though, have a tradition of Friday Night Date Nights. They’re always at home and they always involve a movie from Redbox! Normally at night, we watch our shows on Netflix right before bed. Friday nights are special because we get to watch a movie and stay up a little later than normal. Sometimes we cook a nice dinner together, have a special dessert or have a beer on the patio. Even though this tradition is SO SIMPLE, we both look forward to it every week!
Keep your “to-do” list short. I’m talking about things on your list like catching up on laundry, cleaning the bathrooms, organizing closets and running errands. Unfortunately, most people don’t get the most out of their weekends because they have so many other “things” they have to do. Why not clean and run errands throughout the week instead of leaving everything for the weekend? Spend just 15 minutes after work each day throwing a load of laundry in, running the dishwasher or making a grocery list. If you have to get things done on the weekend (which, let’s me real, we all do), set aside two hours or so and get it done!
Don’t forget to daydream – and write it down! I’m a pretty big daydreamer and I have lots and lots of goals I want to accomplish. One of my favorite things about the weekend is being able to discuss these goals with my husband and work on creating an action plan. These “dreams” can be little things like wanting to make Magnolia Bakery’s homemade banana pudding (seriously, doesn’t this look amazing?!) to wanting to change careers. Weekends are your your time to think of little (and big!) things you want to do in life…and it’s your time to act on them!
What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekend?!
photo credit: Flickr via Henry Hemming