Ever wonder what Oprah and Bill Gates do on the weekends?
Believe it or not, but the world’s most successful people know how to make the most of their downtime on Saturdays and Sundays – so they’re relaxed and refreshed when Monday morning rolls around.
Sounds great, right? How can we make sure that we’re spending our weekends the best way possible and promoting rejuvenation and better productivity into our lives?
No Chore Zone
If you’re like me, you’re one of those people who waits until Saturday and Sunday to clean the kitchen, scrub the floor, vacuum, dust and the whole nine yards. According to Laura Vanderkam, the author of What The Most Successful People Do On The Weekend: Making the Most of Your Days Off via Oprah.com that is a huge mistake!
Vanderkam says “consider doing your chores during the workweek; the chores will take less time because you have less time. This will leave your weekends free for more rejuvenating activities. Throw a load of laundry in before dinner and have the kids either do the dishes after or fold. Make a quick trip to the grocery store at 8:30 p.m. on a Wednesday. The place will be so empty you’ll zoom through. If a sparkling house is important to you—and sometimes it is—then designate a short cleaning time on the weekend, perhaps on Sunday afternoon.” She also suggests setting a timer for some of the more “involved” chores and when an hour is up, walk away.
Spend Time Outdoors
Reconnecting with nature is good for the body, mind and spirit. Realbuzz.com suggests to “simply get outdoors and go for a walk, run, hike, cycle — or anything else you can think of! It’s amazing how getting a bit of exercise and fresh air will leave you energized — and if you share the experience with others, then that’s an added bonus.”
It boosts our mood, relaxes our brain, promotes creativity – and is amazing for our physical health and physique. Weekends are the perfect time to engage in fun, exercises that push your usual routine. Fast Company suggests trying new things like walking 2 hours away from home – or finding a new biking route. Either way, you’re setting yourself up for more mental power on Monday!
Stop Dreading Sunday Night
I saw a hilarious meme on Instagram the other day – “warning falling asleep on Sunday night will cause Monday.” I couldn’t help but giggle, because Sunday night dread is a real thing! Usually by 3 pm, we’re already starting to think about everything we have to do on Monday morning, and we pre-exhaust our brains! Instead of worrying and overthinking, why not fill that time with something you enjoy? Meet up for an early dinner with friends, take the dog on a hike, or sign up for a structured activity – like a dance class that will keep your brain anticipating (and enjoying) something other than the Monday morning blues!
By keeping your weekends “sacred” and following these few helpful tips you’ll feel more relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on the new week ahead.
Have a great weekend!