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Is it just me or does the weekend seem to fly by sometimes?
Okay… make that most of the time.
Feeling like the weekend’s just never long enough is one of those adult issues that seem to appear out of nowhere once you grow up and inherit the grown up life that goes along with it. While the week used to trickle along at a happy speed most of the time, it now kind of feels like someone hits the fast-forward button once you get to the end of the 5th day, making it a bit more Fri-nay than Fri-yay.
We all know we shouldn’t live (just) for the weekend, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to make the most of it. So it’s time to reclaim that weekend. You can’t add more time to it (if only!) but you can always make it feel like you’ve got more time.
Here are just a few of the things I like to do when I want to
trick my mind and stretch my weekend as far as possible.
5 ways to make the most of every weekend
1. Make plans for Friday night
I know, I know. By the time Friday evening gets here, you probably just want to race home, curl up and catch up on the sleep you’re desperately craving. Especially if you’re still also dealing with Thursday night’s hangover.
But making plans on Friday doesn’t have to mean a crazy night out; in fact, it doesn’t have to involve much effort at all. Even the least energy-demanding of activities, such as a trip to the cinema or an hour spent catching up with a friend, will make you feel like you’ve had time to unwind and enjoy the weekend before you even get home for it.
2. Make plans for Sunday night
Right now you’re probably wondering how squeezing in all these extra plans will make you more time, right?
So hear me out on this one:
Do you usually reserve Sunday night for life admin and mental preparation for Monday? It’s always good to be prepared but if you start prepping for the week ahead on Sunday afternoon, your weekend ends at Sunday lunchtime and you’re losing out on an entire afternoon and evening.
Instead of watching the clock tick closer to Monday morning, why not get out and forget that Monday even exists? By fitting in an extra bit of fun, you’ll be able to start the new week feeling like you really made the most of the weekend – rather than sitting at your desk wondering where it went (again).
3. Get away somewhere
There are so many places that are easy to do in a weekend that there’s no reason not to fit in extra travel plans by taking advantage of that 64-hour break. (Plus weekend breaks are just cool.)
I’ve just got back from a few days in Lyon (photo evidence above), which could have easily just been a weekend or long weekend if I’d wished. There are so many places you can probably get to in just a couple of hours, whether it’s a city break abroad, a nearby town or village or even just a quick visit to see your family and friends. Travelling and breaking your normal routine instantly makes it feels like you’ve fitted more in, so why not treat yourself to a mini break and explore somewhere new?
4. Forget the chores
Not forever, but do forget them for the weekend. Put them right out of your mind.
Nobody wants to spend half of their day off cleaning, dusting, hoovering or ironing. That’s a quarter of your weekend gone! Why not try to tackle household tasks during the week – even if you split them and do one thing each evening – and give yourself a full weekend to do what you please?
5. Give yourself time
Saturday night is a surprisingly good time to chill (Netflix optional).
If your usual routine involves sleeping in on Saturday morning and partying Saturday night, why not try switching it up? Not only will you get the down time you need and actually be able to enjoy it, you’ll also feel bright and breezy come Sunday morning. Getting out to do something first thing on Sunday morning – and running errands does not count! – can really add hours to your weekend.
Plus it just feels great… in a really smug kind of way.
Do you ever feel like you just don’t have enough time to fit it all in? How do you make the most of your weekends?