There are ways to make your weekends more "productive" just as there are ways to make your weekdays more "productive." That means making the most of your two days off and returning to work rejuvenated and ready to perform at your best. While there are other things you can do to improve your weekends, the following are the most important:
- Take at least one day off from work.
According to studies, working too many hours causes you to take so much longer to complete each task that you accomplish the same amount of work as if you had quit at a decent hour. As a result, it's critical to take at least one day off each week and devote it entirely to yourself.
- Make an effort to exercise.
You already know how beneficial exercise is to your body, brain function, and mood. If you work out five days a week, it can make sense to rest and recover on one or both weekend days. If, like most of us, you don't get as much exercise as you'd like Monday through Friday, it's a good idea to make up for it on the weekend, if only to make yourself happier.
- At the very least, spend some time doing something you truly enjoy
If you have a busy social life, children, family duties, or housework and other chores to complete, this can be difficult. It's all too easy to fill your weekend with people-pleasing obligations or with attempting to live up to some idealised version of a perfectly clean house, flawlessly cooked meals, or wonderfully instructive diversions.
Don't. Yes, you have social and domestic responsibilities, and yes, you must ensure the well-being and happiness of your other family members. You must, however, take care of yourself and be happy. So, if it's humanly feasible, set out a few hours to do something you know you'll love, whether it's shopping at a farmer's market, reading, crafting, or even binge-watching something trashy.
- Make contact with your loved ones.
If you work long hours during the week, chances are you don't spend as much time as you or your significant other would like with your family, friends, or significant other. So, this weekend, make up for the imbalance by doing something fun with the people you care about, even if it's just drinking coffee and solving the crossword puzzle.
Simultaneously, alone time has been demonstrated to have actual mental health advantages.
- Make an effort to do something that is different from your usual routine.
According to research, when we accomplish something new and noteworthy, we experience time more slowly. As a result, if you do something that pulls you away from your regular routine, your weekend will feel longer.
Sunday evening, according to some experts, is the optimum time to do this. Many of us are suffering from the "Sunday Scaries," worrying about having to return to work so soon. It's also the time of year when some of us start planning out the tasks for the coming week. A pleasant Sunday evening outing can help you combat these impulses by making you feel like you've extended your weekend.
An added benefit is that restaurants and movie theatres are likely to be less busy on Sunday evenings than on Saturday evenings because more people stay at home on Sunday evenings than on Saturday evenings.
You might find yourself returning to work on Monday feeling rested, renewed, and stimulated. And you're ready to face whatever the week has in store for you.