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NWL Week: Make The Most Out of the Weekend
In our final piece to National Work-Life Week, Adrem experts look at how to wind down your week and make the most out of your weekend.
Friday Friyay! We all want to do “nothing” on the weekend and just relax. But we have 60 hours between 6pm Friday to 6am Monday. With sufficient amount of sleep, you still have 60% of your weekend to recharge yourself mentally and physically before your work week begins again.
So how do you use your 60 hours wisely?
5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Weekend
Make a Plan
Just like the Monday Blues post says, plan activities and switch off. Make plans ahead of time and the anticipation will reward the experience even more. Don’t over stuff your weekend and end up spending most of it rushing around. Allow some downtime between plans; do things leisurely and have a nap if you have to.
Turn off the notifications from your devices and enjoy the company around you. If you respond to an email the recipient wouldn’t reply back until the next working day, so it can wait.
Tackle Life Admin first
If you have a list of errands to run then get them out of the way early, then you can enjoy the rest of your weekend without having the burden on the back of your mind.
Get up early
Have a lie in if you need but don’t waste half your weekend sleeping in past midday, you’ll wake up thinking you’ve lost most of your day. Follow your plans and allow your body to have enough downtime. By doing relaxing things you’ll feel more productive by the end of the week.
Get Active and Go Outdoors
Dependant on the weather it can be difficult to do something outdoors every weekend but don’t miss the chance to be active. Exercise can help de-stress and make you feel energised for the rest of the day. Join a class, go for a run or do some yoga in the morning and you’ll see the difference in your day.
The weekends should be “me-time” so plan something that you will enjoy doing and do it! If you stress over work 7 days a week then it would be impossible for you to switch off. A change in environment is healthy for the brain and can help you improve your efficiency at work.