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 to enjoy.
Friday night is either lost to exhaustion or flies by in a blitz of after-work drinks. Saturday morning is waking up and catching up with chores around the home. By the time Sunday comes, you’re half getting over Saturday night’s exertions and half-anticipating Monday just around the corner.
One day soon, hopefully, robots will pick up the slack and we can enjoy a four-day week! But until then, there are techniques you can use to make your weekend feel longer and more productive.
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 because a couple of days away from your devices can increase your creativity by 50%!
To avoid tempting yourself to check your notifications, why not take a long, adventurous hike somewhere without Wi-Fi?
And if you suffer from the guilt of ‘doing nothing productive,’ consider signing up to a course or meeting with a friend to teach each other your special skills. You can try anything from a new recipe to a new language.
Not only will that guilt drop away, but you’ll notice that time has passed more slowly – since your mind is ticking faster and faster to process all that new information. Just think about how long your school years seemed to take to pass!
That island of peace between oceans of work is a precious place to be. Wouldn’t you like a bit more room to stretch your legs?
Here are our favorite practical, research-backed tips to have a more productive weekend that feels longer.