Hopefully you’re reading this post over a coffee on Monday morning after a perfect weekend. Your batteries are fully charged and you’re feeling ready to conquer the world this week. You’re well rested, invigorated, and able to tackle whatever the week brings you.
No? Doesn’t sound quite like you? Maybe you’re like the rest of us, stuffing the weekend so full of activities that you need to go back to work just to get a rest. Here are a few quick tips that you can use to help get you ready to go back to work on Monday.
1. Spend quality time with your family
If you have a family, this might seem like a given, especially if you’re racing one kid to soccer and another to swimming lessons, but driving and talking isn’t quite quality time. Whether it’s with your kids or your spouse, schedule some time to spend with them, one-on-one. And remember, they determine what quality is – so make it count.
Find a way to give back to your community or your cause. The difference this can make in your life is amazing; physically, spiritually, and psychologically.
3. Reward yourself
If you’ve read the first part of this post and thought “sure – when am I going to find the time to do that!?” – create a plan of what you want to accomplish, schedule it, and reward yourself when you reach your target with a treat of your choice. From chocolate to Guiness – it’s much tastier when you meet your goal.
4. Invest in some “me” time
Find time in the weekend to do something just for you. It doesn’t need to be a lot of time, but it should be time that you are the only one involved.
5. Turn off your computer
Easy to say, hard to do. As great as it is, the internet can be a bit of a time suck. You’re probably on the computer already for most of the work week – leave it alone on the weekend and you’ll probably find you gain a few hours to do the other things you enjoy.
Remember that you only have 168 hours to make your week awesome.