10 Ways to make your weekend seem Longer
- Plan a sports event – either one of your own (e.g., football in the park), or going to a sporting event to cheer it on
- Plan to go to the museum, the zoo, the park, the art gallery, the local exhibition, the bazaar at the local school, the visiting circus etc.
- Plan to visit relatives, friends, people in hospital etc.
- Plan to relax; as trite as this sounds, you should spend some of the weekend truly relaxing and that includes not using electronic equipment!
Plan an out-of-town trip. Go for a drive and change of scenery. Take a picnic lunch or stop for lunch in another town. Getting out of your city or town stretches time because your mind is given new things to look at and contemplate. Go hiking, cycling, running, skiing, surfing, sledding, bird watching, plane spotting, writing poetry under a tree etc. – whatever takes your fancy.
Use the evenings well. Plan to do things in the evenings that do not involve TVs, computers, or video games. These soak up time without it even being realized and suddenly you wonder where that time went. Instead, go out and do things:
- See a movie (it has a fixed time and allows you to do other things)
- Go bowling or do some other indoor sporting activity
- Go out to dinner – it doesn’t have to be expensive, just get a group of friends or family and visit somewhere convenient for a pleasant evening of conversation, catching up, and food
- Go to a concert – whatever your taste in music, there is nothing quite as uplifting as a concert
- Go shopping – a trip to your local mall can be a lot of fun for window shopping and eating out cheaply
- Go to the pub – have just a few drinks and a lot of good conversation; don’t stay all night, just add this in with other activities
- Go to a book store – browse the books, have a coffee and buy a good book
- Go to the theatre – you’ll be transported away for a few hours to another world
Plan your meals. Meal making can soak up a lot of the weekend if you aren’t well prepared. A lot of the frustration can come from simply not knowing what to prepare because you shift out of the routine mode of work or study; if you plan weekend meals in advance, it is as easy as going to the kitchen, following the recipe and serving. And make use of the time-saving devices like dishwashers. It is also a good idea to avoid overly time-consuming recipes if you don’t enjoy cooking. You will only resent the time being stuck in the kitchen.
Treasure your weekend. It is important to respect the time that you do have, which means not doing things that sap away at the time. Spending more time worrying about where the time is going is unprofitable. Weekends are a time to rejuvenate and to spend time thinking and reflecting. Allow yourself this space and don’t beat yourself up over missed time.
Do something fun on Sunday evening Have everything ready for Monday on Sunday morning so at 6 PM instead of feeling the weekend is over you can actually grab a movie and enjoy the last piece of the weekend.