We all know the feeling. Friday afternoon rolls around, and suddenly all you can think about is everything you’re going to do over the next two days. You make a mental list of all the things you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had time for during the week.
And then Monday morning comes around far too soon, and it feels like you barely got to cross anything off your list…
If this sounds familiar, don’t worry—you’re not alone. The weekends always seem to fly by far too quickly. But there are ways to make the most of them. With a little bit of planning, you can easily fit in everything you want to do and more. Here’s how:
1. Make a Plan
The first step to making the most of your weekend is to have a plan. What do you want to accomplish? What do you want to do for fun? What errands do you need to run?
By taking a few minutes on Friday afternoon to sit down and make a list of everything you’d like to get done over the weekend, you’re more likely to actually get things accomplished. Plus, it’s always satisfying to be able to check items off your list as you go along.
2. Get an Early Start
On Saturday morning, try to get an early start. This doesn’t mean setting your alarm for the crack of dawn, but getting up a little earlier than usual can make a world of difference. Use that extra time in the morning to enjoy a leisurely breakfast or get started on one of the items on your plan for the day. That way, even if something comes up later in the day, you’ll still feel like you’ve accomplished something.
3. Make Time for Relaxation
Even if your weekends are always jam-packed with activities, it’s important to make time for relaxation. Whether that means taking a long bath, reading your favorite book, or just taking a few minutes to yourself to clear your mind, carving out some time specifically for relaxation will help reduce stress and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the week ahead.
4. Don’t Forget About Sunday Evening!
For many people, Sunday evening is when they start thinking about all the things they need to do in order to prepare for the week ahead—making sure their clothes are clean, their bags are packed, and their homework is done. But this doesn’t have to be the case!
If you take care of these things earlier in the day or even better, on Saturday night, then Sunday evening can be just as relaxed as the rest of your weekend. Use that extra time to catch up with friends or family, watch your favorite TV show, or just enjoy some peace and quiet before another busy week begins.
By following these simple tips, you can easily make the most of your weekends and enjoy every minute. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and make the most of your time!
This article originally appeared on Life on a Discount and has been syndicated by My Life, I Guess with permission.
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Amanda Kay, an Employment Specialist and founder of My Life, I Guess, strives to keep the "person" in personal finance by writing about money, mistakes, and making a living. She focuses on what it’s like being in debt, living paycheck to paycheck, and surviving unemployment while also offering advice and support for others in similar situations - including a FREE library of career & job search resources.