Nov 20, 2017

5 Ways to Take Back Your Weekends

About the time I moved to Chattanooga, I created a really bad habit of saving everything from errands, to fun coffee shops, to new places I wanted to explore, for the weekend. Then, the weekend rolled around and I felt like the whole thing was jam-packed and gone in the blink of an eye.

It wasn't until just recently that I fully understood what I was doing. So, in an attempt to take back my weekend, I use all seven days of the week for anything and everything instead of waiting until Saturday rolls around to do all the things.

5 Ways to Take Back Your Weekends
1. Run errands during the week. One of the biggest mistakes I made was avoiding errands until the weekend. I was cramming Target runs, grocery store shopping and any other errands I had into the weekend, which took so much time away from doing something fun or even just sitting down to read a book. Now, I try to do the grocery store on Monday evenings after work. It's usually quiet, I'm not fighting against the Sunday afternoon rush and yet I still feel prepared for the week ahead because I'm shopping on Monday.
2. Save coffee runs for the weekend. When I stopped for coffee everyday it began to feel less special and not the fun treat it should have been. Now, I truly get to enjoy a slow Saturday morning over coffee while I get to explore new places in Chattanooga and I save some money during the week by avoiding a daily coffee run.
3. Make a laundry and cleaning schedule for specific days. I kept telling myself "do laundry this weekend so you don't have to worry about it" or "run the vacuum on Saturday morning." In reality though, chores around the house take up a lot less time when I spread some small tasks out over the week and then don't have to do any cleaning or laundry on the weekend. Talk about taking your weekend back!
4. Savor your mornings. I'm not a morning person, so waking up early during the week to have some quiet time to myself before work has never been high on my priority list. I felt like my weekend mornings were the mornings to savor that quiet time without having to rush off anywhere. The benefit of savoring every morning, though, is now I get seven days of slow, easy mornings instead of just two. While I'm still not a morning person—often I only get a spare five minutes to sip coffee while I sit on the couch and catch the weather forecast for the day—I still find that five minutes to myself without having to rush out the door makes for a more peaceful day all around.
5. Pre-schedule your workouts. A few months back I signed up for an unlimited yoga package at a studio near me and to get the most bang for my buck, I went to class five nights a week. I felt amazing, but by the time I got home I didn't want to make a big production out of dinner, so I was eating hummus and pita chips for dinner. Not the balance I was looking for with a workout schedule. Now, I try to plan out what days I'm going to workout during the week and on the weekends I aim for late afternoon or early evening workouts, so I still have time to make dinner and not just make a bowl of cereal.

How do you maximize your time, so you can make the most of your weekends?

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