How many times have you been going through your Monday and someone asks you, “So, how was your weekend?” only to have your mind go completely blank.
How was my weekend? What did I even do last weekend?
I know I’ve done that a ton. But I don’t want my weekends to be a blur!…Too hectic to even remember, or just a big string of catch-ups from a too-busy-week before. I want my weekends to be full and fun and all about making memories.
And yet like most things in life, a good, solid, balanced weekend requires…(wait for it…)
(did you know that was coming?)
It’s kind of my theme in life, because pretty much every good thing requires intention, doesn’t it? Intention with a bit of forethought, and some genuine effort.
So I’ve come up with a little checklist…it’s really just been a mental checklist in my own head for quite a while…Until now…When I decided to write it down, and share it with you too! 🙂
So join me, would you? Make this (and every!) weekend count by checking each of these seven things off your list!
SEVEN THINGS TO DO THIS (AND EVERY) WEEKEND!
- Tackle ONE project.
I hate to start off in task-master mode, but I guarantee you’ll feel so good on Monday if you tackle even one project over the weekend. This has honestly become one of my favorite parts of the weekend. Whether it is cleaning out a junk drawer, or an entire pantry, taking the time to accomplish something that’s been bugging you is a great way to make the most of a weekend. (Last weekend Dave and I tackled our huge pantry…and it took about four hours…but I’ll have to save that story for a future marriage post, haha!)
You don’t necessarily have to sleep in on weekends (experts actually recommend you get up about the same time all week-long — though those experts might not be as tired as I am…:) ) but you do need to rest. Rest can come in many forms…from an afternoon snooze, to a movie night on the couch, or anything in between. REST is super important, and it is something we deprive ourselves of most of the time. Get intentional about it. Plan it, schedule it, and make it a priority this weekend!
Life can be so busy and so serious….it’s kind of sad that we even need to be intentional about laughter. But we should be! You’ve probably noticed that kids don’t have to TRY to laugh…they laugh all the stinking day long. So let’s take notes from kids and just lighten up and laugh a little more. Make it your goal to find yourself on Monday morning quietly giggling as you remember a good laugh from the weekend. (Need some ideas? This post shared a bunch of resources to get you and your whole family laughing more!)
Don’t let the weekend go by without connecting with SOMEONE — below surface level. If you’re single, go hang out with a good friend or visit a relative. If you’re married, shoot for a date night (or just an after-kids-are-in-bed-date night!) You might grab your kid and sit down (or go for a walk) for fifteen minutes and just connect. If nothing else, make a phone call to a friend you haven’t talked to in a while…Weekends are a great time to connect.
We were created for worship. And we all worship something, don’t we? Even if someone doesn’t consider themselves spiritual, they’ll still end up worshiping something: a person or a trend or a philosophy or something. It’s just how we are wired. It goes to reason then that if we were created to worship, we are most happy and satisfied when we do what we were created to do! A highlight of my every weekend is going to church where I can sing my heart out (even though I have a terrible voice!) and just worship God — the One who has given me breath and life, and the very weekend I am enjoying. Worship also gives me perspective before I face another busy week ahead!
If you look forward to the weekend as a time to veg out, this may not be your favorite, but I promise every weekend is better with a bit of exercise. It doesn’t have to be a trip to the gym or a long run, just find some kind of activity (outdoors is best!) and move your body. Family hikes or bike rides are awesome on weekends! One thing I can promise: You’ll never find yourself on Monday regretting that you took time to exercise over the weekend! 😉
- Prepare for the upcoming week
Getting mentally prepared for the week ahead is super helpful on weekends. This of course can look very different for different people. While some people create family schedules and prepare meals for the week ahead (way to go!!!), others (like me) might feel quite accomplished just by jotting a to-do list, or getting ahead on laundry. Whatever it takes to make you feel like a #boss on Monday morning!
Which of these seven things is hardest for you to do? What would you add to the list? I’d love it if you would share in comments below! (also thank you for sharing this post with your friends using the social media share buttons below!)
Now go have a great weekend!
See you soon.
Love and hugs!
PS THIS weekend, I’ll be on Maui to watch Luke compete in two surf contests! I love Maui (and we’re staying right in Lahaina! yay!) I hope you’ll follow our adventures on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK! XO