If you’re anything like me, you’re someone who lives for your weekend! The grin you wake up with on a Monday morning is a reflection of the amazing two days you’ve just had and is motivation enough to get you through another busy working week. In fact, you’re likely already checking out your weather app to plan next weekend’s adventures.
But, you might also be like me in the sense that you always give yourself a list as long as your arm of things you just have to get done this weekend. Never mind the fact that you could probably tick a few things off your ‘to-do’ list during the week, you like to set yourself completely unattainable weekend goals such as…clean out your wardrobe, sell all unwanted clothes on eBay, prep every breakfast, lunch and dinner for the week, clean the house, make that vision board, catch up on work, visit friends and finish that book you’ve been reading for the last six months….when in reality, by Sunday, you’re horizontal on the couch feeling guilty about achieving nothing!
So, to help you combat the dreaded Sunday evening blues, here are some tips on how you can make the most of your weekend starting right now:
- Keep your to-do list small – if there are a few things that you seriously have to get done over the weekend then write yourself a list but keep it short. Prioritise and really ask yourself, what has to be done by Monday and can the rest of this list roll over? Even if it’s something as trivial as doing the vacuuming, but leaving the bathroom clean for next weekend. Nobody is going to know but you, so just relax.
- Schedule in some time to do nothing – believe it or not, you don’t have to be on the go for the whole weekend and there is absolutely nothing wrong with sitting on the couch. In our house, we have dedicated couch time, and from about 3pm on a Sunday afternoon we literally do nothing but relax. It’s bliss.
- Squeeze in some exercise – this doens’t mean your usual weekday routine of slogging it out at the gym. Instead, make the most of the fact that you don’t have a schedule and take your workout outdoors. Do some circuits in the park or go for a long walk and explore. Too often people skip their workouts on the weekend as a ‘reward’ for working out during the week, but when you wake up on Monday feeling flat and lacking energy, what kind of reward is that really?
- Set your intentions – I say to people time and time again that mindset is everything. Whether you want to sign up for that course you’ve been looking at for months, lose those last five kilos or simply bring your lunch to work three days a week, spend a few minutes on Sunday sitting and reflecting on what you’d like to achieve and set some intentions for the week ahead. Only you can make your dreams a reality and I promise, with positive thoughts, positive actions will follow.