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The Perfectly Balanced Weekend

By Tiffany Thomas
Posted On Apr 30, 2016
The Perfectly Balanced Weekend

Math was always my least favorite subject throughout school, but there is one simple formula that has never failed me:

Extra sleep + Chores + Errands + Relaxation + A night on the town + lots of laughs = the perfectly balanced weekend. In that order.

I know how tempting it can be to use the weekend as a 2-day hibernation period where you lock yourself in your room until eight am on Monday morning. But that’s definitely a choice you’ll most likely regret the following week. Weekends should definitely be used to recharge, and relax after a crazy hectic week at work, but that shouldn’t be your only goal.

It’s possible to catch up on things you’ve been putting off, get all your chores and errands done, and still make time for a drink with your gals and a dinner date with bae, and you don’t have to be Superman to do it.

One of the most important things you can do to ensure a productive yet enjoyable weekend is to get as much done during the week. This can be particularly difficult when your to-do list after getting home from work in the evenings consists of “absolutely nothing.” But your weekend-self will be bowing down to your weekday-self if you try to knock some things off your list during the week.

Whether it’s washing dishes daily to avoid a huge pile on the weekends, or grocery shopping on a Thursday evening as opposed to Saturday morning to avoid the long lines, keeping active throughout the week even after work hours will lead to a less stressful weekend, and more time for relaxation.

Here are my tips for a guaranteed productive weekend:

1) Don’t oversleep:

I can’t tell you how much I’ve had to catch myself from hitting the snooze button until 1 pm. Word of advice: DON’T DO IT! Sleeping in too much on the weekends can seriously mess up your sleeping pastern, and actually make you more tired which ultimately hinders you from getting anything done. Try sleeping for an extra hour or two, and then jump up and tackle your day.

2) Get chores done early:

The first thing I do every Saturday morning is get my chores out the way. Let’s face it, nobody likes scrubbing the bathtub, or doing piles of laundry. But I find when I get this done as soon as I get up on Saturday morning, it makes for a much better weekend. First off, the clean space puts me in the best mood, and once it’s out the way, I can go about my day not having to worry about it for the rest of the weekend.

3) Organize:

This is major if you want to have a productive weekend, and week. I personally meal prep on Sundays as well as prepare all my outfits for the entire week. You have no idea how much time you’ll save each morning by not having to try four outfits on, iron, or prepare your lunch. Also, if there’s anything work-related you need to get done, do as much as possible on the weekend without overwhelming yourself. Your weekend isn’t a two-day vacation, it’s a two-day break that should be used wisely.

4) Have fun:

All work and no play makes for a dull Jack indeed. Setting aside some time to spend with family and friends is of the utmost importance to a well-rounded weekend. While I don’t condone spending every second of the day “living it up,” it’s certainly necessary to get dressed up and have a good time! It’s always a great stress-reliever and a good way to refuel for the upcoming week. Go see the latest movie, eat at a fancy restaurant, or just go out for frozen yogurt. Whatever you choose, it’s the best way to end any weekend.

Have a happy Saturday! You’re welcome.

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