3 Steps for a More Relaxing Weekend

tea pen book use this (2)Any working woman (especially working moms) know that as much as you’d love to do nothing more than sleep in and watch Scandal reruns all day, there is always a list of things to do and errands to run come Saturday morning. Since many of us are stuck at the office late during the week, or dealing with kids after work, weekends are really the only time to clean the house, do laundry, drop off dry cleaning, run to the grocery store, etc.

I used to have a roommate who would come home from work on Friday afternoon and run her errands and then clean the entire house. I remember thinking this was absolutely crazy. On a Friday night in your mid-twenties you should be at happy hour or hanging out with friends. But in reality, she was smarter than the rest of us. By taking care of her “chores” in a few hours on a Friday night, she could wake up Saturday morning and have the entire weekend to do the things she wanted to do, not the things she needed to do. That habit of hers has stuck with me all these years and I have, on occasion, tried to replicate it. If Friday evening house cleaning doesn’t sound appealing ot you either, here are 3 steps from POPSUGAR (via Smart Living) to take for a more relaxing weekend.

To make Monday through Friday run more smoothly, tweak your weekend routine and take advantage of the extra free time. Saturday and Sunday tend to fly by, but if you learn to make the most of those hours, you’ll be able to tackle extra tasks and set yourself up for an easier work week. Follow these three tips for a productive weekend and prepare to reap the benefits all week long:

  • Schedule a time slot for errands. Spend five to 10 minutes each Friday figuring out which tasks you need to check off by Sunday night. Make a list and plan to take care of them in one day so that you’ll have at least one full day to have fun and fill however you’d like. Once you’ve finished brainstorming and marked the to-dos on your calendar, move the chores to the back of your mind and focus on enjoying your days off.
  • Keep up your routine. If you wake up at 6 a.m. throughout the week, don’t sleep until 11 a.m. on weekends. Give your body a break and stick fairly close to your standard sleep schedule. Same goes for your diet: don’t shock your body with excess food or alcohol or you’ll risk getting sick. Just because it’s Saturday doesn’t mean you should toss your healthy habits aside, so keep your mind and body in shape by taking your vitamins, eating balanced meals, and staying hydrated.
  • Chill out, guilt-free. The best thing you can do to kick-start a productive work week? Relax. Use your time off to cut yourself some slack and enjoy the things you love. It’s important to maintain a work-life balance, so remember to reserve at least one day each weekend to sit back and unwind.

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