When I get home from work during the week, I rarely want to spend time running errands, doing house work or even packing my lunch for the next day. So, I take my weekend to do list seriously!
Today, I’m going to share my strategy for making more out of your weekends – while still getting in time for rest and relaxation!
The weekend dump list.
On Fridays, one of my favorite things to do is sit down and dump out ALL of the tasks I plan to get done between Friday night and Sunday night! There are a few things I know I do every weekend – laundry, general cleaning, some vacuuming, etc.
And then there are some things that change every weekend, whether it’s a chore that I do less often or a one-time task I’ve been putting off all week. I write it all down in my to do list notebook and cross things off as I go.
I even dump things that are on Patrick’s to do list, not mine. That way, I know it’s getting done that weekend, and I don’t spend any time asking him about it.
Look for ways to save time.
I used to go grocery shopping every weekend at the closest grocery store to my house. While I love grocery shopping, that easily ate up an hour to two hours of my time – plus, I always spent way more money than I needed to.
Now, I use Walmart’s free grocery pickup, so I just pick out what I need and drive over to get it on Sunday morning.
When thinking about what you want to get done in a weekend, always look for little ways like that that you can save time – whether it’s by delegating or by using an easier option!
I like to mix my rest and relaxation in with my weekend to do list! I love listening to audiobooks, for example, so I’ll crank up an audiobook while I clean the bathroom! Or I’ll watch Gilmore Girls while I fold laundry. Or I’ll bake banana bread or make one of my favorite lunches, and empty the dishwasher and wipe down the counters while it’s cooking.
Avoid multitasking like, “I’m going to write a blog post while also trying to listen to this self development podcast.” That will never work, friend.
Set time limits.
No one person should have to spend 8 hours on a Saturday cleaning their house. Even though my to do list gets rather long, you’ll never see me working nonstop to get it all done!
I like to work on a timer method (or, sometimes, a Gilmore Girls episode method). For example: “I am going to fold laundry until this episode ends, and then I will run to the post office” or “I am going to walk around the house and pick things up that aren’t in their place for 15 minutes, and when the timer goes off I’ll sit down and read for a little while.”