P.L.A.N FOR THE WEEKEND
The weekends are over in a flash. Weekends are not very long. We all eagerly await the weekends. But how do you actually spend your weekends?
Make the most of your weekends since they are valuable and should be treasured. You’ve undoubtedly been working toward one goal all week: making it to the weekend so you can do something productive. However, the weekend frequently falls flat and falls short of your hopes and goals when you get there. You most certainly need motivation, more of a PUSH, thus this article should assist with setting goals and achieving them.
Creating a structure for your weekend does not imply that your time will be structured like it is during the week. Weekend planning isn’t something you do on the spur of the moment, nor do you have to be “on” all the time. The planning process outlines the non-negotiables for your weekend and schedules the less important activities around them, rather than the other way around.
A weekend plan, in short, propels you forward rather than pulling you back. If you want to enjoy weekends that leave you feeling refreshed and energized, here are a few suggestions based on the acronym P.L.A.N!
P – Plan for the weekend: With the article title, this may sound like a tautology or a bit vague, but it is literally what you just read. Yikes! You should plan your weekend in the same way that you plan your week. Make a plan for the weekend ahead of time. While this does not imply that you should plan every detail of your weekend, you should go into it knowing what you want to get out of it. If you don’t have any plans, you’ll end up doing nothing and wondering where the weekend went when it’s over. However, if you make plans for what you will do on Saturday and Sunday during the week, the anticipation will improve not only your weekend but also your week.
L- Live a little: This statement has been misused numerous times and should be repeated numerous times. Learn to live a little simply means to have some fun; going for a walk, run, bike ride, or anything else that will help you get some exercise and enjoy the fresh air will leave you energized while reaping the health benefits. We often don’t get enough exercise during the week, so the weekend is a great time to make up for lost time. Visit the movies or play outdoor games with your friends or partner. Living a little means many things, but one of them is having fun!
A – Avoid routine: Avoid routines on weekends at all costs. Monday through Friday, we mostly follow a routine. The familiarity of our patterns can easily lead us to become stuck in a cycle of doing the same things over and over again if we are not careful and intentional. Thus, the weekend is a good time to push yourself out of your comfort zone by trying new things, joining a new club, crossing something off your bucket list, or revisiting an old hobby.
N – Never take the weekends for granted: Avoid routines on weekends at all costs. Monday through Friday, we mostly follow a routine. The familiarity of our patterns can easily lead us to become stuck in a cycle of doing the same things over and over again if we are not careful and intentional. Thus, the weekend is a good time to push yourself out of your comfort zone by trying new things, joining a new club, crossing something off your bucket list, or revisiting an old hobby.
“The weekend should be a respite from the daily grind and demanding schedule of the workweek,” says Amy Cirbus. “However, giving structure to your days off can mean a big payoff.”
The weekend is typically viewed as a time for relaxation, doing things you wanted to do during the week but couldn’t, catching up on sleep, and visiting with family and friends. Weekend plans will benefit you greatly; do not overlook this fact. Accept it and implement the strategies outlined in this article. From now on, have a wonderful weekend.