Lately, we've been been feeling like our weekends are slipping through our fingers. Between chores, errands, and boredom, we find ourselves dissatisfied by Sunday night, bemoaning the fact that another weekend flew by us.
Because I'm the planner in the family, I know I need to remedy this. I just read this great little mini-book (it's only $2.99 for a digital copy) about taking back your weekends and it has really inspired me. The author points out that from Friday evening to Sunday evening you have about 60 hours of weekend. (Which sounds totally different than 48 hours, doesn't it?) Of those 60 hours, you are probably sleeping about 16 or so, which still gives you a lot of time to decompress, recharge, and reconnect with family and friends.
So what's my problem? I'm pretty sure it's lack of planning. I'm tired by the weekend. I don't want to be creative and think of things for us to do, so we all default to crashing in front of screens. I know that, when I do plan activities for us, and we push ourselves to keep those plans, we actually feel MORE rested at the end of the weekend then we do after a weekend laying around doing nothing. Now, before anyone completely freaks out-there's still plenty of time in a 60 hour weekend to lay around, but I think pushing myself and my family to do a couple of hours of planned, intentional activities will do wonders for us.
So I'm planning. I'm making sure that each family member plans too. I think it's important that we don't plan all our activities to be "family activities". We all need some time to pursue our interests, but if we don't pencil some blocks of time into our schedules-even for personal things like exercise and reading, it's too easy to let the weekend disappear.
I would love to start a little series on the blog about taking back weekends. If you are interested in telling me how you spend either a Friday evening, Saturday, or Sunday, please contact me. I would love to have you guest blog about it. Let's inspire each other to take back our weekends.