Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Who doesn’t want to have a great weekend, right? I’m posting this on Wednesday so that you still have time to set yourself up for this coming weekend!
First, name what is most important to you on the weekend…
Is it most important that your morning is lazy and unrushed? Is it most important that you enjoy the early morning hours at the farmer’s market? The Lazy Genius preaches to name what matters. And, don’t look at social media and think that what matters to others is what needs to matter to you. You do YOU! You do YOUR family!
Photo of my Friday grapefruit shandy for inspiration:
I once read to divide your weekend into 5 sections and I think I kinda like this:
2. Saturday first half of day
3. Saturday second half of day
4. Sunday first half of day
5. Sunday second half of day
When you look at it like that, it seems like lots of time, right?
Maybe you’re in a season of life where you only get one of those 5 segments of the weekend to yourself – remember it’s just a season and it won’t always be like this. How can you plan ahead to use that time to recharge your batteries? Maybe it happens Saturday after dinner – you wander the aisles of Target while hub gives kids bath and puts them to bed. Speaking from experience!
Could you mow/or could hub mow one weeknight to free up that weekend time? Could you do grocery pick up one weekday to free up some weekend time. Could you do sheets one weeknight instead of on the weekend? You get the idea! What do you spend time doing on the weekends that you could maybe switch to the weekdays?
Also, nothing is set in stone. You can try things and see if they work for you.
I am hoping to establish my routine next week. Right now, I am still getting used to being out of the house from 6:45 until 3:00 (really not that bad, right?) and my kids’ college stuff is everywhere right now and the house is really in need of a deep clean. They move out on Sunday, so that will free up the spaces that need to be cleaned really well.
Let’s talk Fridays…my sister told me years ago that if I do something on Friday after work I will actually feel that the weekend was longer and more fun. She’s right! Even if it’s just an hour long happy hour, it helps me. Tom usually would rather collapse on Friday night, so this gives me a fun outing before having dinner at home. Also, it’s good to say yes to some socialization with work people. You have to spend much of your time with them and it’s good to have a good rapport. Just remember these are people you work with and don’t get drunk and dance on the table, mkay?
Also, please don’t just live for the weekends! Do something that makes you happy each and every day even if it’s just a tiny thing.
Confession: sometimes I’m scared to make weekend plans because then I really have to do them. Ha!
It’s hard to coordinate. I have friends that are super busy. I’m kinda in the season of life where it’s easier to just make plans with one friend at a time or one couple at a time. That’s ok! Maybe it’s even better?
Decide what you want to do for the weekend and invite a friend to tag along. For example, if you are fine to go to the farmer’s market alone, plan to go alone, but maybe invite a friend to meet you.
I read an article that running errands with a friend is a new trend! The “friend errand hang” – ha!
I like to have a good mix of alone time, husband time, family time, and friend time on the weekend. It’s not always going to happen, but it’s a good goal to shoot for.
I write down possible plans in my agenda and then firm them up as the weekend approaches. I try to pay attention to free events, concerts, etc. so that I don’t break the bank. I also do a seasonal bucket list so that I can choose from that list when I am trying to plan my weekend.
Ok, what have I forgotten?
What makes a perfect weekend for you?
Are you good about setting yourself up for a good one?
12 thoughts on “Set Yourself Up for a Great Weekend”
I agree that kicking the weekend off with something fun on Friday makes the weekend seem longer. I believe we have to be intentional with our planning and do what matters most to us – we have to control what we can!
It really does! Yes!
I have recently started spreading chores out through the week so that everything doesn’t fall on the weekends. I am so tired of my weekends being taken up with cleaning and grocery shopping. I did what you did and started my grocery pick up after work on Thursdays. That helps so much. I also started doing a load of laundry in the morning before work or after and that takes care of the laundry. I try to add in an evening to sweep and mop. It is working out really well. Thanks for the tips.
Good for you! I love that you are doing this! Right? It stinks!
I’m glad you love a Thursday pick up! I like to do my own laundry often, too.
I need to do a better vacuum, sweep, mop routine. I really need to have less stuff to make cleaning easier!
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Great ideas for anyone at any stage of life. I can see how dividing the weekend into segments really stretches it out and makes it longer. I laughed when you said, “remember these are people you work with, so don’t get drunk and dance on the table with them”. I love running errands with people, because it crosses off things I need to do and combines it with quality time. My mom and I do this often. Happy Hump day, friend!
It’s so true about work peeps!
I kinda like that idea, too, but it would have to be someone who moves at my pace and not a really slow shopper.
What a great post! I love the idea about naming what matters. I think for me, that’s having no plans (errands, etc) on Sunday afternoon. Can you tell that I’m a homebody ? Haha So, I try to get errands completed throughout the week and Saturday.
Thank you! I think that’s a great goal and you shouldn’t feel bad!
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Love this post! I love the Lazy Genius as well, so it is interesting to hear about someone implementing her ideas.
Thank you so much! Isn’t she great? I wish I had had her when I had small kids!