If you’re anything like me, you turn into a total vegetable on the weekends and all productivity goes out the window.
Working from home can be draining and hard enough as it is, but if you take just a few extra steps on those lazy weekend days, you can set yourself up for a ton of productivity in the week to come.
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An easy way to set yourself up for a successful week with a productive weekend is to plan ahead!
This doesn’t have to be a long or arduous task, after all, it is the weekend! I like to set up my social media sharing for the week through Hootsuite, which takes that entire load off me for the week ahead.
I also like to just do a rough outline and review of my important dates for the week, what posts I’ve got planned out, and anything that may spring to mind that I need to accomplish.
Then, I’m all set to rock it out on Monday when I feel especially lazy.
2. Set Goals.
Goals can be SO helpful when it comes to establishing productivity for the week ahead. Something to aim for helps you get up and out of bed every day, and the feeling of accomplished bliss that comes to you when you reach a big milestone is indescribable.
Set short term and long term goals for this week and the weeks to come. It doesn’t take long to come up with them, especially if you’re updating your goals every weekend, and it really helps you to track how far you’ve come.
Remember when you’re developing these objectives that you want to set yourself up for success, not failure. Be realistic.
It can be rough when your goals don’t pan out exactly how you want them to and you get discouraged, and unfortunately, that will happen. But, never fear! Your goals are flexible and personal to you and your progress.
If you keep your nose to the grindstone and work through a productive weekend, you WILL go far!
Clean and organize your workspace over the weekend.
I toss all the junk papers I have scattered around and wipe down my computer and keyboard so that it’s sparkly clean for Monday. It really is the little things that make all the difference in your motivation and happiness for the workday.
If I’m feeling especially productive while I’m already at my computer, I also like to take a few minutes to jot down quick ideas for creating content or a rough plan for a post or series. It only takes minutes, and it really sets you up for success during the week.
4. Get Going Early.
For a productive weekend, wake up at the same time you do during the week.
I know, I know, you hate the sound of that, but your body will love it. I promise! We need structure, regularity, and routine in our lives. If you spend all weekend sleeping, you’re going to miss a thousand chances at being super productive!
5. Be Social.
This is a twofold process for a truly productive weekend.
a) Be social with your friends.
Go out, have fun, and party (even if you’re party is an awesome book club!)
A weekend is your time to give your tired brain a well-deserved break. Enjoy your hobbies, your relationships with your family and friends, and yourself. Work on boosting your mood or discovering everyday happiness through socialization with your dog or spouse or whoever is special to you and helps you feel re-energized and perky.
It’s necessary to step away from the computer for a while and just let that go for a bit.
b) Be social with your network.
An easy, fun way to be productive is to set aside time to be social with other bloggers or those in your business arena. You don’t have to check your email, but perhaps reply to the comments on your website.
Social media is a fantastic way to network.
If you’ve already scheduled your Instagram Posts with Hootsuite, then take a few minutes to comment on your friends’ posts or seek out new and interesting people to follow. You should also join a few Facebook groups so that you can promote and connect with people there.
You can also check out more experienced bloggers and comment on their latest posts and soak up some of their knowledge. It’s a great and easy way to promote your blog or craft while barely having to try!
6. Relax and Enjoy.
The most important step for a productive weekend is to enjoy it!
(Plus there are great ways to still grow your blog from your bed for our overachievers in the house!)
Kick your feet up and relax for a while. Enjoy the weather and go for a walk. Head downtown to check out the new shops. Plan a staycation that leaves you thrilled and content with how you spend your Saturday.
There are so many ways that you can relax and unwind this weekend, and you need to take advantage of it to fend off stress and that overwhelming feeling of being burnt out that can come from working too hard.
So, go and enjoy your productive weekend and let me know how it goes!
I hope this inspires you to have a wonderful and productive weekend! What are your favorite ways to set yourself up for the week to come while enjoying those precious moments of relaxation?