The weekend is a guiding light that leads us through the toil and trouble of the working week. And those two days of freedom are undeniably wonderful. But oftentimes a two-day break feels too short. If only there was a way to create a seemingly longer weekend…
After all, Friday night is either lost to exhaustion or flies by in a blitz of after-work social activity. Saturday morning is often spent waking up and then catching up with chores around the home. By the time Sunday comes, half of you is recovering from Saturday night’s exertions and the other half is anticipating the coming of Monday. Before we know it, the weekend is gone!
The good news? There are techniques you can use to make it seem like you’ve enjoyed a longer weekend.
How Can We Create a Longer Weekend?
Let’s face it, leaving work at the door makes for a pretty good start. There’s no need to feel guilty about switching off your work phone and leaving your laptop at the office. In fact, a couple of days away from your devices can increase your creativity by 50 percent!
With that in mind, we present this infographic from BudgetDirect. Here, you’ll find practical, research-backed tips for creating a seemingly longer weekend. For example:
- Just to make sure you’re not tempted to check your notifications, why not take a long, adventurous hike somewhere without Wi-Fi?
- Meet with a friend to share the skills you’ve already developed (you can try anything from a new recipe to a new language)
- If you suffer from the guilt of ‘doing nothing productive,’ consider signing up for a weekend course (no, it doesn’t have to be work related!)
By trying these tips, and the others shown below, not only will that guilt drop away you’ll notice that time has passed more slowly. After all, your mind is ticking faster and faster to process all that new information, but without all the stress that comes from learning new skills Monday through Friday.
The island of peace between oceans of work, AKA “the weekend,” is a precious place to be. Wouldn’t you like a bit more time there?
Put these tips to work this weekend. Then see if Monday doesn’t come around quite as fast as your brain expects!