Since the Great Recession roughly a decade ago, millions of Americans have found new ways to make money. It seems now, more than ever, people are blogging, starting side hustles, and becoming their own boss. I’m so happy that my friends and I finally have stable jobs and seem to be on the other side of the grim reality of unemployment a few years ago. We’re working harder than ever before trying to save money so we can at least cover any small emergencies that may arise. But in the last few months, I’ve found I’m so drained during the weekend, I don’t even want to go out for dinner. I’d much rather get take out and eat in front of the TV. Sound familiar?
Over the last few months, I’ve gotten married and bought a house, and it’s been wonderful. But with a house comes more responsibility. My husband and I mostly split up chores subconsciously. There’s no set thing each of us does, but we both do our own laundry, which is nice. He usually does his during the week, so I can do mine on the weekends. If I cook, he handles the dishes afterwards. But once the weekend rolls around, we’re so tired, we just want to watch tv and play video games.
This past Sunday, I cleaned the kitchen but suddenly found myself cleaning our bedroom, the bathroom, changing bed sheets, doing laundry. There were so many things that needed to be done, I couldn’t stop. And now, I’m trying to make sure our bedroom is as clean as possible during the week so I don’t have to worry about it next weekend.
If you’re like me, then we have a few issues we need to address.
How do we avoid feeling burnt out over the weekend? And how do we maintain better work life balance so we don’t feel drained?
Do major chores before the weekend.
This is one way to make sure you can have a worry-free relaxing weekend. Clean and do chores around the house after work, so you won’t have to worry about it on Saturday. I know what you’re thinking. All you want to do is relax when you get home. That’s perfectly fine, but maybe you could fold laundry while catching up on a TV show. Multitasking does have its benefits. You can also organize your tasks in a planner or bullet journal. I’ve recently started bullet journaling and it’s very liberating not having a pre-set layout on the pages. I can jot down tasks, recipes, organize my thoughts, all in the same notebook. I highly recommend it!
Manage work and personal time wisely by planning ahead.
Another way to make sure you have a good work-life balance is to keep work at work. Sure, some things you may have to do at home. For example, if you’re a teacher and you have to grade papers at home. Just be sure to set an allotted time for when you’re going to work, and get everything done within that time frame. As a result, your work won’t spill into your personal time.
Set boundaries and make your colleagues and coworkers aware.
If you are on vacation, but you’re constantly checking your laptop or your phone, you’re not making the best use of your vacation time.
Set an automatic response on your email to let people know you’re on vacation and refer them to another person who can help with any questions while you’re out of the office. That way, if anyone does contact you, it will be on the back end. Let people know you won’t be answering your phone or emails unless it’s in an emergency. But even if an emergency does arise, don’t feel bad for missing it. You aren’t going to get fired for being on vacation while on vacation (unless you have some sort of tyrant as a boss).
Now, if you’re your own boss, all the more reason to take a vacation and not answer work emails. Take that time and enjoy it. You deserve it. This concept also applies to the weekend, too.
Always plan for “me” time.
“Me” time is so important because it allows you to relax and get some personal things done just for yourself. Maybe it’s going to the mall and buying new jeans for the new season, or taking a nice, long shower after working out. It could even be spending alone time to read your Bible and pray. Whatever it is, plan ahead of time. Why? Because you don’t deserve the last scraps of the day. You deserve to take the best time for yourself. You should take time for yourself every day. Develop this habit and you won’t regret it.
If you need some ideas on ways to relax, check out my post, Forget the Hustle: 10 Ways to Relax This Weekend.
Weekends can be busy, especially if you’re a mom. Try to limit events if you can, especially if you don’t really want to go. You don’t have to go to that gender reveal party, do you? You know you’re going to see the video on Facebook later anyway. Sometimes, we need to remind ourselves that we’re adults and we don’t have to do anything we don’t really want to do. If you’re the kind of person who thrives on chaos and being busy, good luck to you. How much more important is it for you to have unplanned-go-with-the-flow relaxation time?
Well, I hope these tips have given you something to think about. If you’re so busy you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, I suggest taking a step back and re-evaluating your current situation. Maybe you simply need a few days off to reset. It’s OK to take that time to recharge. You’ll be glad you did.
As always, stay encouraged, friends!
Got any other ideas on how to manage your weekend better? Leave your thoughts or comments below!