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?