Good weekend habits are hard to come by.
Raise your hand if you don’t have a lot of time to chase your dreams.
If you’re anything like me, your hand is probably raised. Between a full-time job, graduate school, and two businesses, I have a limited amount of time to work toward my dreams and goals.
Enter the weekend.
Before I really started to focus on my dreams and goals, I used to view the weekend as my well earned days off. Oh, how my mindset has since changed. I now use good weekend habits to make some of my most productive works days.
This doesn’t mean that I spend every single minute of the weekend working. I still prioritize my time to have fun, get plenty of rest, and get housework done all while making giant strides toward my goals.
To see how I arrange my weekends to make the most of the time I have, check out these 5 good weekends habits I use while currently chasing my dreams.
1. Wake Up Early
I’m not telling you to wake up at 6 am. Unless you’re a natural morning person, I don’t expect anyone to wake up that early on a Saturday. But, if there is work to be done, and there is always work to be done, sleeping past 10am on the weekends is counterproductive.
Don’t get me wrong, I am the type of person who can literally sleep all day long. I know how tough it can be to get up ‘early’ on the weekend. However, since I’ve dedicated to getting up between 8am – 9am on the weekends, I have been able to get so much done.
The key to getting up ‘early’ on the weekend while still getting enough sleep is to make sure you plan for at least 8 hours of sleep. This way you still feel rested when you wake up.
Also, set an alarm. It is easy sleep until noon if you don’t have to be at work. If you are chasing your dreams and working toward a goal, you don’t have time to sleep all day.
If you’re working toward a goal, sleeping in and laying around all day gets you nowhere. So, set an alarm and get your butt out of bed. Future you will be grateful for the effort you put in on the weekends.
Besides, there really is something magical about the morning hours that aids in productivity and helps with good weekend habits.
2. Schedule Your Time
I realize that the weekends are often for fun times, but, we are chasing our dreams, remember? That means we absolutely have to put in work.
I understand that it can be hard to dedicate your valuable weekend hours to sit down and do work. That’s where scheduling comes in.
If you get up at 8am on Saturday to get work done but you don’t know what exactly you’re doing that day, you’ll end up wasting your time. I tend to make a to-do list the night before so that I can think clearly and realistically about what I want to accomplish.
I tend to make out my day in time blocks. For examples, if I have a lot of writing I need to accomplish, I will schedule a 3-hour writing session in the morning from 9am – 12pm. That way, if I plan to wake up at 8am, I know I have exactly one hour to get ready and eat breakfast before I need to start working.
I also schedule various time block activities into my afternoon such as homework, cleaning, blogging, writing, and so on.
3. Keep Things Clean
Usually, by the time the weekend rolls around our space is a mess from the hectic week we most likely had. This means the laundry is in piles, the bathroom is scattered with products, dishes fill the sink, the bed hasn’t been made in days, and the desk has turned into a catch-all.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to work best when the area around me is clean. That means that if I plan on getting some serious dream chasing done on the weekends, I need to clean. Besides, being busy is not an excuse to be messy.
Usually, I spread my cleaning out over Friday and Saturday so that I’m not worn out. On Friday, I will clean my room mainly because my ‘office’ is really just a desk in my room and I like to have a clean ‘office’ space. I’ll also sort laundry to get ready to start on Saturday morning.
If I need to do some deep cleaning like the bathroom, I’ll write it into my time block so that it looks like this: Saturday from 1pm – 3pm, deep clean bathroom.
Obviously, the cleaner you keep your space during the week, the less time you need to dedicate to it on the weekend. The more time you spend on chasing your dreams, and the less time you spend scrubbing your neglected bathroom, the better.
Bottom line, keeping clean is a good weekend habit that is a must.
4. Have Fun
If you’re like me, sometimes having fun can feel a tad guilty. I have so much that I need to do or could be doing that I absolutely hate wasting time.
I know, I know. This isn’t healthy.
This is why I recommend dedicating at least a few hours on the weekend to doing something fun. Go out with friends, take a bath, read a book, watch a movie. Basically, do something to reward yourself.
It can be exhausting to always go, go, go. This could lead to burnout or a breakdown. No matter how bad you want to achieve your goals, it’s okay to pause for a few hours and give yourself some leisure time.
Believe it or not, this is one of the hardest parts for me. I have found that if I go out on Friday, I won’t go out on Saturday. This way I can make my plans in advance and space out my activities throughout the weekend.
Not only has my social life been excellent, my weekends have been productive with the right amount of fun mixed into them. Having fun has to be one of my favorite good weekend habits.
5. One Hour of Refresh and Refocus
At the end of the day, we are extremely busy. It is easy to lose sight of our goals with all the things we have to do in a single day.
That’s why once a week usually on Sunday night, I like to take 30 minutes to 1 hour to refresh and refocus.
This step is vital.
Our goals get fuzzy and things change throughout the week. Time alone with your thoughts can allow you to make the necessary changes to stay on track and feel revitalized to keep going.
This time also allows you to reflect on all that you have accomplished so far. Sometimes, all our hard work goes unnoticed, even to us. Take an hour each week to reflect on what all you’ve done and constantly create gameplans for how you will achieve your ultimate goal.
So, there you have it, my 5 good weekend habits. These habits have revolutionized how I spend my time each weekend and I have seen a lot of success in doing this.
I hope that these steps work for you and that it helps you on your journey while chasing your dreams!
Best of luck!