Tuesday, 3 May 2016

The 36 hours... of the weekend

This post was shared over on The Detox Kitchen blog last year but I only recently came across it. I love the weekends but I wouldn't say I live for them. I love quick drinks after work, weekday gym classes and cheeky midweek suppers with friends. However, the weekends truly give you time to relax, time to engage and time to explore.

Food Business expert Monique Borst shared her top tips on how she approaches free time on the weekends, leaving her rejuvenated, refreshed and ready to hit the ground running at the start of the working week- something we could all use a little more of! I definitely found this morning a difficult one and sure it was the same for many others too.

Here are Monique's recommendations on how to appraoch downtime so you're left winning at the weekends:
1. Have a list of do-able ‘dreams’ on the go: things you really want to do. They don’t have to be huge. What do you really want to do with your time? These will form the basis of your 3-5 anchor events. 

2. Use your mornings: they’re often wasted but are a great time for exercise. 

3. Schedule down time 

4. Create traditions 

5. Use weekdays for chores and errands rather than the weekend: if you have to fit something in create a small chores window and don’t focus too much on the easily seen and measured goals (tidy cupboards, sparkling windows) that divert your energy away from higher value things – nurturing yourself. 

6. If you must do some work: take care of it in one short burst. And carve out time where you don’t check your phone, iPad … 

7. Make time on Sunday afternoon, 30 minutes perhaps, to plan, re-group and get organised for the week ahead. I find if I wake up on Monday morning without a plan, I can spend the morning figuring it out. 

Is there anything you'd add to the list? I echo Monique's sentiments completely. I love to know that I have a free day or evening scheduled into the weekend and Sunday nights are a sanctuary, devoted to nail painting and lunch making wherever possible! Waking up and heading to a yoga class on a Sunday morning is something I'm trying to do at least a couple of times a month and I'm loving the (reasonably) early start and reward of good brunch after - which is also a perfect excuse to socialise. 

There's another bank holiday to come this month and I'm more than a little excited to truly make the most of it!

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