How Your Weekend Sets You Up For A Successful Work Week
A friend and I were talking last week about how she was so tired from her busy weekend. She told me what she did and I was exhausted just listening to her! Both weekend days were jam packed with work or play. I told her my weekend was full of R&R and brunch, both days. I told her I felt like I had reset over the weekend and was ready to work my 40 hours in 4 days.
If I work 40 hours in 4 days and have commitments the other 3 days of the week, where is there any time for me to rest? There simply isn’t. And if I do this week over week over week over week, I am going to 100% be burnt out. And don’t get me wrong, I definitely learned this the hard way but I am here to tell you that your weekend DOES set you up for a successful work week.
What helped me get out of the pattern of cramming everything I possibly could into my weekend was just simply saying, “maybe” to any and all invitations. I live my life in the “maybe” lane now. And it has really helped! I no longer feel obligated to follow through with any plans on Saturday and Sunday because I didn’t agree to them in the first place. I just say, “I’m not sure what’s going on that day so I’ll be a maybe” or, “Let me see how I feel as we get closer - I’ve been working like crazy lately!” This way of thinking and communicating with friends sets a boundary for yourself. As a consequence of this shift, I no longer have to cancel plans and be left with a gut-wrenching guilt afterwards.
In addition to my “maybe” life, I make a mental list of my “wants” and “needs” for my off days. What is it I want to do and what is it I need to do? Think of wants as your fun plans and your needs as things are necessary. On your “needs” list, always schedule “quiet” time like:
A long bath
A slow easy brunch with friends
Time to reflect
An activity that you enjoy most - for me, baking and creating macramé are my go-tos!
These activities should be things that you enjoy and don’t feel stress from; they’re something that fills you back up so you don’t feel depleted from the work week or before the work week ahead.
Now, I must confess, I do have “tidy-up” on my “need” list every weekend. But, I don’t let it rule my weekend. After all, cleaning is not my idea of fun but, it is a necessary part of my weekend. Typically I carve out time to tidy-up on Sunday afternoons and although I don’t like that activity, it definitely helps me feel fresh for the work week ahead - my mind is tidy and my apartment is tidy therefore I am ready to conquer this upcoming week.
In the coming month I challenge you to shift toward this way of moving through your weekend. Remember, this idea takes practice and boundaries but the first step to success is prioritizing down time in your weekend. Happy weekend, happy human!