The weekend has finally arrived, so it’s time to stay in your pajamas and hit play on your Netflix queue…or not. ‘Lazy’ weekends are not for everyone. Or, maybe they are for you but you’re looking to be more productive on the weekends. Whatever the case may be, there are plenty of ways to be productive when the weekend rolls around. Here are our best tips!
MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR FRIDAY
While Fridays often signal a time for fun, family, and friends, we suggest using your Friday time wisely for the perfect start to a productive weekend. Fridays can also be a great time to get your work for the next week in order. Cleaning up your workspace and writing a to-do list can streamline your productivity for the rest of the weekend and into the next week.
KEEP UP YOUR MORNING ROUTINE
If you have a morning routine during the work week, perform your morning routine on the weekend, too! We’ve all heard that waking up at the same time everyday is beneficial to your overall health, so try to get up at the same time every single day. Doing so will not only improve your health, it will also give you more time to tackle our to do list.
SPACE OUT YOUR WORK THROUGHOUT THE WEEK
If you leave everything until the weekend, you’ll have no time for any fun — and while the weekends shouldn’t be all fun and games, it is important to live a balanced life. Try doing some of your chores and tasks earlier in the week so that your weekends don’t get too packed. Or if you have a task that could take several hours, break up the task into two or three days. Chances are you’ll enjoy starting off the weekend with less chores and more time to catch up with family and friends.
JUST LIKE ANY OTHER DAY, MAKE A TO-DO LIST
There will be times when you have some work to do over the weekend, and that’s okay. For such times, make a to-do list of tasks in order of priority. If you want to be super proactive, write down how long you will think it will take to complete that task next to the to-do item, and start checking tasks off your list.
ORGANIZE AND UPDATE YOUR CALENDARS
Do you ever just look at your calendar and cringe? If you do, try taking some time over your weekend to organize your calendars and to-do lists. If you have a lot to accomplish and check off over the next few days, weeks, or months, make a list for just that. Similarly, organize both your long- and short-term calendars. Visualizing and seeing on paper (or screen) what you have coming up will, without a doubt, help you in the long run.
SHOW YOURSELF SOME LOVE
Taking care of yourself is just as important as getting your chores, tasks, and work done. When the weekend comes, be sure to do things for yourself that you enjoy. Catch up with friends, apply your favorite face mask, or settle down with a pizza and a movie. If work calls, literally or metaphorically, set up a time for when you can take care of it. It’s important to set limits for yourself, so that you can enjoy the work-life balance on the weekend.