When you work all the hours God sends during the week, the weekends are your only chance to really let loose. It’s important to enjoy yourself and spend time relaxing. When you only have two days a week to make the most of life, sometimes you have to plan ahead so you don’t miss out. It’s your opportunity to experience new things and recharge so you can take next week by storm. Here are some ideas for using your weekends wisely.

Dream           It may sound like a waste of time, sitting there and dreaming away. But, if the weekend is the only chance you get to think clearly without worrying about deadlines, it may be the only time you get to think about the future. What do you want to achieve? Where do you want to go? You can’t achieve your dreams if you don’t have any. Take some time to think about what you want out of life and set some goals for yourself. You could even work on a plan to get you to your desired destination.

Take a Trip           It’s difficult to squeeze travelling into a weekend, but it’s not impossible. There are so many ways you can see the world in a few short hours. Leave work early on a Friday and do a two-night stay in Rome or book a romantic getaway to Resorts & Lodges with a breathtaking view and hot tub. Travel to London to see a Shakespearean production or spend a full two days at Disneyland Paris. The possibilities are endless, and you get to experience something new and thrilling. Travelling can open your eyes and lead you to new and exciting paths.

Spend Time with Family and Friends           It may not sound exciting, but it’s certainly worth doing. Your family and friends will want to spend time with you and it’s important you go out of your way to see them when they do. Maintaining connections with the people that love you most isn’t just necessary, it’s survival. If something were to happen to you, it would be them who would be at your side first. When you’re busy at work and want to spend your time off doing things that are fun, spending time with family can seem like a chore. But, there will be times when you’ll be glad you’ve put in the effort.

Easy Sundays            It’s not called the day of rest for nothing. Sometimes, you just need to stay in your PJ’s, lock the door and watch re-runs of Friends on your TV. If you’re constantly on the go, your body doesn’t get enough time to re-charge and you may return to work feeling just as tired as when you left. Rest is just as important as any other weekend activity. You can also use the time to reflect on your life and what you’re doing to reach your goals. You’ll start the week determined and motivated.

Play Time           You know what they say – work hard, play hard. When you’ve worked yourself hard all week long, you deserve to do whatever it is that puts a smile on your face. It may a hike with your partner and the dog, it may be going on a date with a new guy or perhaps you’d like to spend your Saturday morning climbing or trampolining. Whatever your idea of fun is, do it. The point of playing hard is to blow off steam, and if you’re working hard, there’s likely to be a lot of pent up steam.

Spend Time Outdoors           The weekend can be the perfect time for a short camping trip, especially if you have good weather. Getting outdoors means you’ll take in lots of fresh air and fresh air is ideal for clearing the mind. So, if you’re dealing with a lot of stress at work, there’s nothing better than being outdoors and going for a few long walks. Even better, take a group of good friends with you. Talking about your stress while walking could be the stress relief you need. And, who can beat some cheap wine and s’mores on the fire place with good company and a good laugh. You’re sure to leave feeling refreshed and revitalised.

Life is short and our weekends are precious, so it’s important to make the most of them. Whether you plan ahead or choose to do something spontaneous, just make sure you aren’t bored. If you’re sat at home for a solid 48 hours with no plans, you may come to regret it!


Written by Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers is the founder of TGIFguide. She uses her innate skills as a natural “connector” to serve businesses, brands and individuals in the LA area and beyond.