Weekends are awesome breaks and opportunities to get work done. If you’re chasing your dreams or working on a side hustle, time during the week is limited, especially if you work full-time. Enter the weekend. Weekends are 2 1/2 great days to refresh your mind and focus on attaining your goals.
While weekends aren’t necessarily thought of as work days, the reality is that if you’re chasing your dreams you’ll need all the extra time you can get. I have found that I tend to get big projects completed during the weekend while also successfully preparing for my upcoming week.
Keep in mind that if you don’t necessarily have the weekend off, the same concepts apply to your day off. Here are 6 ways to use the weekend to chase your dreams.
1. Plan It Out
In order to maximize your time and use the weekend to chase your dreams, don’t be willy, dilly about your days. If you know that you need to get work done but don’t schedule out your day, you run the risk of getting nothing done. Instead, have a game plan so that there is no downtime during your day.
Depending on how detailed you are, you can plan out chunks of time or you can plan hour by hour. Personally, I plan chunks of time so that I can set goals of how long I want to spend on a project and I estimate a time to have it finished by.
Also, when planning for the weekend, don’t forget to schedule work to start in the morning. I know that it’s easy to sleep in and start work in the afternoon, but you waste valuable time by doing that. When you’re chasing your dreams, no matter what they are, it’s crucial to spend as much time as possible on working towards your goals.
In order to do that, you can’t sleep half the day away.
Another tip when scheduling your weekend is remembering to include breaks and a workout. Breaks are necessary. If you are working all day on your goals, it’s easy to forget to take a break. Instead, schedule a break into your day so that you are forced to walk away for a few moments.
It also helps to schedule a short workout. Working out gets your brains endorphins running so that it’s easier to focus and your mind is clear. So, take a break, sweat it out, and conquer your dreams.
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2. Long Projects
Use your time on the weekend to work on projects that you don’t have time for during the week. If you work full-time, your time during the week is limited. This makes it harder to work on longer projects that require days of work.
By scheduling entire weekends to working on one large and time-consuming project, you will be able to get it done faster and with hardly any interruptions. Since you’ll literally have all day long on the weekend, you will need to use this time for the projects that are the most difficult and lengthy.
If it takes you a few weekends to complete, that’s okay, as long as you’re utilizing your weekends.
3. Make a To-Do List and Stick to it
Just because the weekend is 2 1/2 free days doesn’t mean you need to try and do everything at once. The weekend still only gives you so many hours.
While you do want to maximize your time and get a substantial amount of work done, it’s important to be realistic and to plan out what you know you can finish.
I recommend using Thursday nights to spend a few minutes making a complete to-do list for your weekend. Start by setting your goals and listing out what you need to complete in order to reach your weekend goals.
Make sure you don’t cram too much into your day to avoid feeling overwhelmed. The same goes for not putting enough on your to-do list. It’s important to challenge yourself and have enough items on your to-do list for a balanced and successful day.
4. Get Up Early(ish)
I already talked a little bit about not sleeping your day away, but here are some more details on finding a balance. Since the weekend is technically your day off of work, it is important to get sleep in order to de-stress, refresh, and rejuvenate.
If you’re always on the go and neglect your sleep, your body gets affected in a negative way, which can affect your productivity. Definitely make sure you are catching up on sleep and allowing yourself time to refresh.
However, it’s counter-productive to sleep the entire day away or to even sleep until noon. Remember, you’re chasing your dreams. The only one who can succeed in achieving your dreams is you. Don’t spend your time dreaming about your dreams. Get up early (ish) on the weekends and make your dreams a reality.
5. Reflect & Focus
In order to successfully use the weekend to chase your dreams, you need time to reflect. If you’re always on the go and neglect to take the time to see your progress, you can actually miss great opportunities for growth. Sometimes our goals need to be revamped and re-evaluated, which is completely normal. That’s why I tend to take one day out of the week to have an honest meeting with myself about the progress of my goals, my stress level, and my success rate.
If I notice that I’m constantly struggling to meet my goals or that I’m more stressed than usual, that typically means I’m cramming too much into my schedule and need to re-evaluate it.
In order to have the most honest and productive meeting possible, it helps to do this in a creative environment with as little interruption as possible. This may sound weird, but I tend to have my reflection in the bathtub.
I find it extremely relaxing to run a hot bath, light some candles, play instrumental music in the background, and just think and reflect on my businesses, my goals, my progress, and my life in general.
This time often leaves me feeling refreshed and refocused. The reason I also prefer to do this on the weekend is that I know I don’t have to rush to go to work or school. Also, it helps prepare me for the upcoming week. Find what works for you and stick to a weekly routine of honest reflection.
I pride myself on being an excellent multitasker. I actually credit my multitasking abilities to me being able to achieve so much in any given week. Now I know multitasking isn’t for everyone, but it doesn’t have to be as difficult as it sounds.
For example, while you’re cleaning, you can also be listening to an informative podcast on a topic that will help in the pursuit of your dreams. When you’re getting ready for work in the morning, you can play YouTube videos that offer tutorials or information on the topic of your choice. Same goes for cooking, showering, driving to work (audiobook), and even while you’re at work.
I love to listen to podcasts at work because it helps my mind stay focused and I have the added bonus of learning throughout the day.
With the application of the above 6 steps, it’s absolutely possible to have successful and productive weekends. Best of luck to you as you use the weekend to chase your dreams!