Are you struggling with work-life balance? Read one woman’s story of how she hacked her weekends to find balance — and happiness.
It’s Friday at 3 pm. You’re counting down the minutes until 5, looking forward to the freedom of the weekend.
Then, before you know it, it’s Monday morning and you’re back at your desk — feeling frazzled and overwhelmed, rather than rested and energized. You’re left wondering: “Where did my weekend go?”, “What did I accomplish?”, and most importantly, “Did I even enjoy myself?”
If this sounds familiar, keep reading.
Stephanie Taylor Christensen felt just like you: unsure where the weekends went and exhausted by her lack of work-life balance. So, she began a mission to hack her weekends, which she describes in an article for Levo League.
After asking a few productivity experts for advice, she soon realized: “The key to making the most of your Saturdays and Sundays is as simple as changing your perspective on planning. Many people think that ‘free time’ automatically implies a lack of structure — or the freedom to forgo plans altogether — but that’s where they’re wrong.”
How to take back your weekends
If your weekends aren’t as enjoyable or relaxing as they could be, it’s time to make a change. (Click here to tweet this quote.) From the article, we’ve collected several hacks you can implement right away:
- Before you leave work on Fridays, write out a to-do list for Monday morning — so it’s not on your mind all weekend
- Keep a running list of the activities you want to do on the weekends: everything from adventures you want to go on to restaurants you want to try (don’t get bogged down by “shoulds”!)
- On Friday evenings, schedule out your weekend; make it fun by planning over happy hour or talking as a family over pizza
- If ideas don’t come easily, turn to your running list of activities and pick one
- If you do have to work over the weekend, schedule a specific block of time to do so; this will keep you efficient
For Christensen, this technique was a smashing success. She says: “Daunting as the prospect of planning my free time sounded at first, following through has been incredibly rewarding. I now get the most out of my 36 weekend hours by treating them with the same amount of strategy — and respect — as those precious Monday through Friday hours.”
Do you think this technique would help you enjoy your weekends more? Or are you doing just fine without it?
Susan Shain (@TravlJunkette) is a travel blogger who loves helping people discover adventure through international travel or alternative careers.