You worked your butt off all week, and your day off is finally here! Now, what should you do with it? Odds are, some things have piled up over the course of the work week, and if you don’t tend to them now—you just might never get around to them. But, you also need some well-earned down-time. So, how do you find a balance between being productive and recharging for the week to come? Here are a few things you can do to help utilize your day off and help achieve this balance:
Wake up early at least one day.
If you’re a morning person, this is probably something you already do! If you’re not a morning person, this is probably the last thing you want to do on your day off. However, sleeping in leaves you with less time to accomplish things during the day—which can leave you feeling like your day off flew by! By waking up early, you allow yourself to enjoy a full day of no work. And that is definitely something to celebrate! So, bribe yourself with the promise of coffee and get out of bed early! (After all, you can always take a nap later.)
Plan time for rest.
While you undoubtedly have small errands that you need to get done, it’s also important to plan down-time into your schedule. Your days off are supposed to recharge you for the week to come, and without proper rest, your weeks can blur together. Take some time to indulge in yourself, because you are worth it! Binge your favorite show for a few hours, or take a nice, relaxing bubble bath—do whatever helps you relax, recharge, and restore!
Do something fun!
While rest is important, it’s also good to break up your daily routine! Use your day off to go out to brunch with a few close friends, go on a hike, or simply do something that you wouldn’t normally do. Switching things up and having a little fun on your day off can help refuel you for Monday.
Keep Sunday night free.
If you’re lucky enough to get Sunday nights off, keep it open! Sunday’s are the perfect day to prep for the week to come (whether that means catching up on laundry or those dishes that have been piling up) and relaxing before you get your Monday grind on. I love to utilize Sunday mornings to their fullest, and then take it easy on Sunday evenings to help me recharge before my alarm goes off at 5:30 am Monday morning.
Be intentional with your free time.
My last piece of advice is to spend your down-time wisely. You obviously know yourself best! So, sleep in if you know you need the sleep; or spend a full day on the couch if you are simply drained from the previous work week. That being said, time is a valuable thing! And I don’t want you to look back at your weekend, and feel like you wasted it. Being intentional with your spare time will help you find a balance between being productive and recharging for the week to come!