After a long work week, we all need one of those weekends where we can stay in, lounge around and sleep in until noon. But in case you have a packed weekend where you can’t really afford that luxury, you can still make the most of your oh so short two days off by making the mornings productive. Here’s how.
Wake up to a Saturday-specific alarm
Rather than using the same alarm you use throughout the week, make this alarm one that won’t drive you nuts or have you feeling annoyed! Use a fun, favorite jam to get your day started on a high note. In your first unconscious waking moments, you don’t want to trick your brain into thinking you have to get up and go to work. Rather, you want to be sure to start your day early to make time for things you actually enjoy doing.
Schedule your must-dos for the morning (no matter how early)
Whether you have a doctor’s appointment, a dress fitting or something you just can’t miss, try to have them scheduled strategically in the first few hours upon waking. It may feel like a struggle forcing yourself to wake up early on a Saturday, but you’ll thank yourself when you get it done and out of the way.
Change into your workout clothes when you first wake up
Of course, it’s tempting to stay in your PJs all day until you have to actually leave the house. But dressing in athleisure gets you into the mindset of “tackling the day”, while still looking stylish and feeling comfortable. You might as well also squeeze in a workout while you’re at it so you don’t have to prolong it for the afternoon.
Get your chores done with a buddy who needs to do them too
You may need to take care of laundry that’s been piling up all week or buy groceries for the week ahead. Make your daunting tasks a little more exciting by asking a local friend to tag along. Folding clothes at the laundromat together or getting each other’s opinions about yummy snacks at the market allows you to use your chore time to double as a catch-up session with your friend.
Make use of that Crock-Pot
There are plenty of weeknight slow-cooker recipes that you can find on the web, but there’s no harm in using them for a weekend dinner either (especially if you could use the extra time)! Find something that only requires a few ingredients, throw them in and forget it about it until you come home.