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Making the most of your weekend

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The nine to five working week doesn’t tend to foster a balanced lifestyle over the weekend. Either you fall into a heap and don’t move over the weekend, or you “overdo” the social activity, only to return to work, more fatigued than the previous week.

Always trying to find the right balance between slothing around, relaxing and rekindling energy for the Monday morning struggle, we fit in friends, events, dinners and breakfasts.

So how do we find the balance? I have discovered planning as the best solution. Here are some tips to help you plan the weekend.

1.       Make sure you don’t have after- work drinks planned immediately when you finish on a Friday. Sometimes this means you will take all of the tension of the working week to the evening with you. In doing this, you may find, as a means to escape, you either drink yourself until you are rid of these pressures or not be able to remove yourself from them at all. If you want to have after- work drinks, try to go home to freshen up first.

2.       Have at least one set of tickets booked to an outing. Preferably this should be on the Saturday night so that you have plenty of time to get ready for the special outing, and can recuperate accordingly on the Sunday.

3.       Schedule the weekend so that there are social times as well as relaxing times. If you don’t schedule relaxing times then you may find you will get to the end of the weekend and need another few days just to regain energy for work. If it’s the other way around, you may lack the motivation to go to work on Monday.

4.       Plan something to do on a Sunday afternoon with a group of friends. The “Sunday Session” as it is affectionately called, really acts as a final reunion before you return back to the week. You can speak weekend stories with friends over a couple beers and return home early enough that you get plenty of rest.

Lastly, always make sure you catch up with at least one friend who you have been meaning to see for a long time. Try to do it in the form of a breakfast, or something else fairly intimate, as this gives you real time to debrief on each other’s lives. It may also give you a sense of accomplishment for the weekend.

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