Small habits for a productive weekend

Getting stuff done without overexerting yourself

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Are you the type of person that gets everything done during the week, but come Saturday and you’re stuck in a slump? Are you stuck in a never-ending cycle?

If that’s the case, don’t fret. There are some things that you can do to get more done during the weekend. First, it’s important to define your vision. We need to realize that productivity isn’t always about getting work done every second of the day. Maybe a productive weekend is finding the perfect reset routine, or accomplishing goals for a personal project. Whatever is on your mind that needs to be done, the weekend is usually a great time for it.

Let’s go over small choices you can make that will improve your weekend, while also preparing you for Monday morning.

Get up early, but not too early

Unless you’re one of those rare night owls (or if you work night shifts), it’s important to maintain your biological clock in check. I’m not going to tell you to wake up at 5 in the morning and take a cold shower, but you should probably be awake before lunchtime.

My personal tip is to find a good time between your normal wake-up time and when you want to eat your first meal. You should get some extra sleep in, but also make sure you’ll be able to fall asleep the following night. I usually wake up at 8am, so during the weekend I’ll wake up anywhere between 10am-12pm, depending on how tired I am and how much I want to get done that day.

The good thing is that the earlier you get up, the less you need to rush to finish your tasks. If there’s something annoying but absolutely necessary you need to do (like cleaning the bathroom), why not get it out of the way as soon as possible?

So yeah, try to find a good wake-up time that matches your sleep schedule, energy level, and task list.

Put on your uniform

And no, I’m not talking about an actual work uniform.

Our psyche is influenced by the environment around us. You’ve probably noticed at some point that it’s really hard to concentrate on work when your desk is filled with clutter. An organized workspace helps build an organized mind. Similarly, clothes have a purpose, and wearing the right clothes for the right situation will boost your motivation. If you feel sluggish at home and don’t know what else to do, this is something you could try.

Also, there’s no need to dress fancy, but changing your clothes into something different might help you get in the zone. When I’m lazy to go to the gym, I always change into my workout outfit before deciding if I should give up or not. Nine times out of ten, this small action gets me in the mood to exercise. It’s like, “I’ve already started the process of going to the gym by changing, so might as well go through with it now”.

Get some sunlight

This is vital for your health — physical and mental. Try to do something you enjoy outside. Read, walk your dog, run, do yoga, meditate, or draw. There are a million things you can do that will both give you vitamin D and make you feel fulfilled.

If it’s too cold or rainy, stand by a window and take a moment to admire the world around you. Take this as your opportunity to have a mindfulness break from a chaotic lifestyle. Hey, maybe you’ll have an epiphany.

It’s not much, but you shouldn’t pressure yourself to reinvent the wheel in 2 days. Take some time to do things for you. Relax and enjoy the people in your life while we all navigate hectic, stressful routines.



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Hi! My name is Cecilia, and I’m a college student interested in self-improvement, the environment, physics, psychology, true crime, and (of course) writing!