MOTIVATION | I really need a day between Sunday and Monday!
Just like yours, my weekdays are always so stressful. My classes start by 8am everyday and sometimes end around 5pm leaving me little time to rest and study. I find it hard to stay on top of my school work on weekdays and that is why I always look forward to weekends because that’s when I feel I’ll have all the time to take care of myself, eat well, sleep well, study hard and create content for my blog.
However on Sunday nights, I discover that I’m only able to achieve so little or nothing at all. It’s either I overslept or attended a program or did not feel motivated at all. Whew! The weekend always flies so fast.
So, when I discovered we have about 60 hours between Friday night and Sunday night, I decided to introduce a bit of intentionality into how I spent my weekends and that’s what I’ll be sharing today in this blog post.
Before you fling your shoes away and jump in bed screaming, ‘thank God it’s Friday!’, here are 5 tips on how you can be more productive on weekends and still be able to catch up on all the fun you missed during the week.
Here we go:
• plan ahead
• make the best use of Fridays
• do not skip the routines
• prepare for the new week
• reward yourself
• PLAN AHEAD:
I cannot even over emphasize this. The secret to execution is a really really good plan.
I always encourage that you write it down. Don’t fall into the trap of making mental notes of the things you would be engaged in on weekends.
When you plan, make sure to include all the programs you’ll be attending. If you have a workshop to attend on Saturday from 11am till 5pm, write it down. If you have a choir practice or meeting, write it down.
If you have to go for shopping, write it down and try to be specific with time.
The reason a lot of us end up wasting the weekend is because we don’t plan at all, or we plan in our heads.
Put pen to paper and write down all the things you have to do on weekends.
You must also learn to say ‘no’ to activities that won’t benefit you on the long run.
You don’t have to attend every workshop or event because it’s free. You don’t have to be at every church program. You don’t have to attend every wedding ceremony. You don’t have to follow your friend to the market. You must learn to say ‘no’ to a lot of things so as to avoid stress and unnecessary pressure during weekends.
If you plan well, you’ll be able to know the slot of time you have left that can be dedicated to studying and doing school stuff.
I also advice you to be flexible and create time buffers because life happens. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Be realistic with your goals. Know what you can handle and what you cannot.
• MAKE THE BEST USE OF FRIDAYS:
Usually for me, things like grocery shopping, cooking, laundry, writing articles for my website and lots more are done on Fridays. I don’t like to study on Fridays, it’s my own day off from school work except of course I’m having an exam/test on Saturday (which usually doesn’t happen).
I try to get every of my chores done on Friday. I would even do all my assignments and copy any notes that needs to be copied.
I don’t like doing anything else on Saturdays other than study and attend workshops/meet-ups.
Saturdays are always saturated with programs because that’s when a lot of us are the freest.
So, if there’s a workshop or an important program you need to attend, doing all your chores on Friday will give you enough time to attend those programs and still be able to catch up on school work.
• DON’T SKIP THE ROUTINES:
A lot of us use weekends to catch up on lost sleep and fun and that’s okay. But if you want to make the best use of weekends, I believe you have to stick to the same routine that you have been sticking to since Monday. Don’t give your body any reason to be lazy.
I usually would wake up at exactly 5am or even an hour or two before. I would bathe at the same time I normally bathe on week days. I don’t change a thing about my routine. The only difference between a typical Saturday and a Monday is the absence of lectures.
Don’t be like my sister that sleeps in on Saturday till around 10am and eats breakfast between 12 -1pm.
I don’t mean you shouldn’t give yourself an extra hour or two of sleep but I best advice that you wake up at the same time you wake up every other day. What you can do though is to sleep way early on Friday night. That way, you can get about 8 hours of sleep and still end up waking up at the normal time you wake up.
The moment you wake up an hour after your normal wake up time, you’ve given your body a reason to be lazy and to slide back a bit. So, when the alarm rings, don’t snooze it, get up and get going.
Try to be a bit strict with yourself so that your brain doesn’t get the idea that Saturdays are like holidays.
Discipline is super-important here.
• REWARD YOURSELF:
Remember that the weekend is not just for catching up on school work and attending events/workshops/programs, the weekend is meant to be for rest and fun as well.
If you’re able to complete about 80% of your plans, you should take a break, you should watch a movie or a new episode of that series you love so much.
What I love to do is to treat myself to a super healthy meal and good Asian drama.
Don’t be hard on yourself, even if you’re not able to do all you planned to do, make out time for rest and take care of yourself.
• PREPARE FOR THE NEW WEEK:
Monday is always the beginning of the work week.
With that in mind, you don’t want to over work yourself on Sunday evening to the extent that you’re extremely tired on Monday morning.
Try to sleep as early as you can on Sunday night. I advice you pack your bag before bed and even pick out an outfit you love so much the night before Monday.
Set a goal and target for the new week. Plan your breakfast for Monday morning.
Remember that Monday does not start by 5am or 12am, it starts on Sunday evening and what you do on Sunday evening will determine to a great extent how Monday and the rest of the week would look like.
Finally, I think the most important thing is to go easy on yourself. It’s so easy to set too high expectations and make plans to do so much than you know you can actually handle.
I think the process is more important than the results. You don’t have to do many things to do much.
Being productive is more than just being busy.
Be flexible as well.
Life happens, to be honest. I make big plans and suddenly, something happens that demands my time and attention. Sometimes, the rain falls and I’m stranded. It’s always safe to prepare yourself for some uncontrollable and unseen circumstance.
The weekend is meant for rest and fun… but all the same, as a student, you should still make good use of it.
Be very intentional. When you tick something off your to-do list, whether it’s related to your school work or totally unrelated (like cooking or grocery shopping), you’re still being hella productive!
I wish you a very productive and fun-filled weekend.
Now you can fling your shoes, jump in bed and scream because it’s ‘FRIDAAAAY!’
Thank you so much for reading🧡