When the weekends come, it seems we lose our track and just relax or do a host of unproductive things. This plays havoc with our productivity levels, which is why Mondays are so hard to survive. Since you spend the entire week working extremely hard and feeling stressed over your to-do lists, it’s important to regenerate yourself and restore your energy. Successful people do it in a productive way. Do you want to know how? Read on to learn a number of productive things you can do on weekends:
1. Wake up early
Saturday is one of those days when people strive to sleep as many hours as they can in order to get enough sleep that they lack during the week. Unfortunately, getting enough sleep is vital each day and sleeping too much can negatively affect your well-being and reduce your productivity level. Have you ever noticed that you failed to get anything done because you woke up very late? Sleep in a little bit, but ensure it’s not later than 9 am. Try to wake up earlier to handle your cooking, laundry, and grocery shopping till the evening.
You might think meditation has nothing to do with productivity, but in reality, there’s a strong link between those two. Meditation helps to restore your mental health and get rid of all those stresses, worries, and negative thoughts you tend to have during the week. Get into a habit of meditating on Saturday and Sunday morning and you’ll see how peaceful your weekends will be. With a clear and relaxed mind, you can get more things done in one day.
3. Move your body
I don’t say “exercise” or “work out,” moving the body means taking stairs instead of using an elevator or parking your car a little bit far from the store. You’ll feel revitalized while still being productive. You can also do a few simple exercises in the morning to wake your body up. The brisk jog or power walk around the block will help you restore your energy levels and stay fit at the same time.
4. Get your house organized
People who live in a well-organized house typically are well-organized in a daily life. It’s easier to stay productive in a clean house than constantly worrying about getting your house organized. Not only will you keep your house clean, but will also get some exercise and boost your productivity. When your living space is in order your inner space will be organized as well, especially when Monday comes.
5. Go for a walk with your family
When you’re super busy on work days, chances are you have little to no time for your family. Spending quality time with those you love is critically important. Come up with some creative activities that will keep all of you happy, active, and busy in a good way. It might be tempting to spend your Saturday or Sunday in bed with your partner and kids while watching your and their favorite shows. However, this will only stimulate your laziness and reduce your productivity. If the weather permits, ensure you invite those you love to eat least go for a short walk in the nearest park.
6. Don’t waste your energy
Spending your weekend partying, drinking, and sleeping is the worst thing you can do to your body and your productivity. Drinking and late partying will leave you with horrible headaches, brain fog, a messy house, and a messy mind. If you want to party, just limit your alcohol consumption and try not to stay late. Alcohol and parties are energy-draining, which is why ultra-productive people limit their alcohol consumption to a minimum and choose meditation or reading over parties.
7. Cook your meals
Even if you hire a cook, give them a day off on weekends and cook your meals. Involve people living in a house to help you in the kitchen. Not only will you have what to eat for lunch or dinner, but will spend some quality time and have fun with those you love. You can also plan out your meals for the next week and make some preparation. Buy most of the groceries you’ll need for the coming week, chop and slice some fruit and veggies and place in the freezer.
8. Plan your upcoming week
Besides a meal plan, you should think about the tasks and projects you’d like to accomplish in the upcoming week. Create a to-do list as a draft. Write down everything that you’d like or need to do the next week and see what matters most. Look through your plan and mark those that might be done later as done. Creating a plan helps to get more things done in a much better and smoother manner. Productive people plan everything and they typically do it on Sunday.
9. Start some of next weeks tasks
You’ve taken the time to plan your upcoming week, take some time to knock out a few tasks. You don’t have to spend 8 or 10 hours working both Saturday and Sunday, but if you can spend a few hours and complete a few tasks, that will open up your week a bit more. You’ll have more time to cushion any delays or you’ll be able to fit in things you can accomplish. The feeling you’ll get starting your week knowing you completed 2 or 3 things over the weekend will have a huge impact on your productivity and motivation.
10. Educate yourself
One of the most productive things you can do on weekends is educating yourself. Whether you take a class or simply read some book that’s related to your business or job, it’s already a great way to stay productive. You can also find a mentor and invite them to have some tea or coffee and help you with improving your career or business. Sure, you don’t have to overload yourself with millions of tasks and errands, yet doing at least these 10 productive things will have a huge impact on how you will start off your upcoming week.