So it’s finally the ‘freakin’ weekend baby’ and what a whirlwind week it’s been. You have a million and one things piled up on your to do list: brunch, laundry, a Trader Joe’s run… not to mention, your apartment’s a total mess. Sound familiar?
Sometimes the work week can take away so much time from just ‘doing life’, that the thought of tackling your to do list becomes so daunting, that you just don’t do it.
Here are 5 simple tips that I do to kick-start my Saturday, which have helped me refocus and prioritize the important things:
Make Your Bed – I know it sounds ridiculous, but making your bed in the morning is THE way to prime your brain for a day full of accomplishments. Some of the most successful and influential leaders of our time start off each day by doing just that. If you think about it, making your bed can be the very first accomplishment you complete for the day and only takes 2 minutes.
Ditch the Coffee – If you’re a coffee addict like me, you might just stop reading here. Please continue… it’s worth it! It’s recommended to drink between 250 to 500 mL of water first thing in the morning. Water, which makes up 80% of your brain tissue, will help you fully wake up and maximize cognitive capacity. Adding fresh fruit can help change up the taste as you drink throughout the day. A quenched brain = a productive morning!
Get a workout in – Increasing your heart rate and breaking a sweat releases endorphins which will leave you feeling like you’ve moved mountains. This could be as simple as taking a walk outside, holding plank for 2 minutes or taking a fitness class. Movement wakes up the brain.
Leave the work email at work – I’m guilty of looking at email as soon as my alarm goes off, while on vacation and definitely on the weekends. It’s something I’m actively working on improving but I’m not there yet. I’ve started by simply not checking emails over the weekend. The truth is, the weekend is YOUR time. Use it to reset, refocus and re-energize.
Plan your day – I’m huge on to-do lists (probably to a fault). Often times, especially on the weekends, it’s couch time, texting, Netflix and then deciding on what your plans are for the day. Next weekend, plan your Saturday before it happens and see just how much you actually accomplish! A simple checklist of what you want to get done will help you prioritize what’s important and will help you to manage your time efficiently.