By Hanan Awaad
Let’s face it; no one wants to work on weekends. Being a workaholic is not a fancy claim anymore when people used to brag about being busy at work. Many of the younger generations who witnessed their parents burning out, missing their important games and year-end events at school, are taking an active opposing position towards working on weekends. However, your weekends are as important as your weekdays in building your successful, happy and fulfilled life. My friend once told me that when she was young, she hated weekends as her mother filled her weekends with chores and plans to do more work.
I believe that it is important to have a calming, energizing and empowering weekend. Here are my top five strategies to reclaim your weekend and stay on top of your game.
PLAN AND STRUCTURE YOUR WEEKENDS
You do not need a minute-by-minute plan or a schedule full of activities, but the boost we feel comes mainly from the anticipation of something exciting to happen. Do not treat your weekends as just idle, wasted time; weekends consist about a third of your week, and you do not want to waste a third of your life that easy.
Planning your weekend will help you to select those activities that energize you and contribute to your wellbeing. It will also give you the opportunity to find alternative activities to spend your time in a more productive way and avoid the mindless hours ou might spend in front of the TV.
2.GIVE YOUR MIND A BREAK
Unless you have to work during weekends, try to avoid working. However, if you have to work, set a schedule and limits. On the other hand, you might not be obligated to work, but you exhaust your brain with information overload.
Going through a large pile of not-so-important emails, articles you planned to read for months, or those ten books that you keep on your bedside, will overwhelm you and make your brain soar. Instead, curb up your inbox, and schedule regular times for reading and catching up on learning and developing.
I am not a master of fun. However, what I do is scanning the local events and cool places to visit. If the weather permits, a walk in the park is as energizing as a concert in the theater; and then I add those cool activities and fun times to the family calendar especially during weekends. I create a rough-cut plan for the weekends that includes those activities that make me and my family happy. Later I develop a more robust plan after consulting with the rest of the family.
I also schedule ‘me’ time and social time. I believe when we do not plan and schedule such times, we tend to get consumed in hundred other directions.
CARE FOR YOUR ENVIRONMENT
Clear your hotspots, those areas in your house that tend to become a dumping ground for items. There is nothing more refreshing than starting the new week with clean bedsheets and swept floors. Decluttering might be a daunting task for you, but doing a little every day, every week and every weekend, will help you to streamline your environment. You can also prepare your outfits for the coming week, do the laundry, take the recycle to the recycle bin, etc. Dedicate some time to ‘reset’ your physical environment.
Start a dialogue with your partner, kids, and friends. Discuss together exciting ideas to spend the weekend. Choose some venues to visit where everyone will feel comfortable. Do not start your conversation with ‘blame,’ saying things like: “we hardly get to spend any time together,” or“I want to have fun, but you are not”.
It is hard to satisfy everyone, so, what worked for my family is making a list of activities, and everyone suggests a place or activity to do. Then, when it is time to plan a weekend, we refer to the list and choose our next family outing. I do the same with friends.
Unplug for few hours. I love my technology, but during Saturdays, I turn off my cell phone and laptop for few hours and dedicate myself to my family.
Originally posted 2016-12-26 22:37:22.