Do you always leave everything you need to do for the weekend and then you realise that 48 hours are just not enough to get everything done and get back to work on Monday relaxed?
Yep, then you are just like me.
Subconsciously I always put too many things on my to do list for the weekend and on Monday morning I don’t feel like I have had any time off at all.
In my early twenties, my weekends mainly consisted of going out with friends all night and sleeping all day – I honestly don’t know how I managed to get everything done back then.
Now my weekends mainly look like this: My inner clock wakes me up around 7/8 am and then I can’t sleep anymore because I know I want to get a lot done on that day. Then I’m buzzing around for a few hours, trying to do as much I can in a short time and by the afternoon I am so tired that I can’t do any more than dozing off on the sofa with the TV on.
Welcome to the old people’s life!
I have recently tried to change this routine a bit, so that I can be more productive and creative on my weekends – and enjoy them as well.
Here are some of my tips:
1. 1 Task A Day
From Monday till Friday I set myself 1 task to do at home after work – either a meal prep which I like to do on Mondays, doing laundry, cleaning the bathroom or tidying up that stuff that has been laying around for the week. Once you are at it and focus on what you are doing without any interruptions, you can actually get stuff done so much quicker!
2. Get your tunes on!
I feel much happier and motivated listening to some of my favourite music whilst doing my chores. I know it’s still November, but as the Christmas fan I am I love listening to some Christmas tunes at the moment to get me in the right spirit.
If I am not listening to holly jolly music I love some Eminem, Ed Sheeran or A Day To Remember to get into my ‘Get Shit Done’ mood.
3. Start with an energy giving breakfast!
Recently I love adding protein powder to my breakfasts – and there is so many different things you can do with it.
It just gives me that energy boost that I need to jumpstart my weekend, and also fills me up for a good few hours. One of my favourites in the cold time of the year are some gluten free protein pancakes, such as these lovely cacao protein pancakes:
Wanna know the recipe? Well then keep on reading!
Here are the Ingedrients:
– 2 Tbsp Raw Cacao Protein Powder from PureBlendCo
– 2 Tbsp glutenfree oats
– 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
– 1 ripe banana
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 5 Tbsp coconut milk (you can sub this for your favourite plant based milk!)
– 1 tsp coconut oil for the pan
1. Mash the banana in a bowl and mix in the protein powder and oats.
2, When you have a crumbly mix, add the Chia Seeds, baking powder and banana mix to a blender and blend well with the coconut milk. The mix should be smooth but not too runny. If itt is too crumbly, add some more milk, if it’s too runny add more oats.
3. Heat a pan on medium heat and add the coconut oil.
4. Add a Tablespoon of pancake mix and with the back of the spoon carefully form the pancake in the pan. I like having smaller pancakes and stacking them – and let’s be honest, without gluten it’s hard to make a big pancake/crepe that won’t fall apart 😉
5. Flip after 2 minutes and cook until the pancakes are slighlty browning and crisping on both sides.
Serve with some fresh fruit to also add some vitamins for your 5 a day and voila: Yummy and energy filled breakfast is ready!
4. Combine your chores with a workout
For the last two months I have been using a toning belt by Slendertone to incorporate an ab workout into my busy schedule and strengthen my core and avoid backpain – cause let’s be honest: you are most likely to get them in your late twenties, when you are working an office job, so better do something about it!
My ab toning belt is so easy to use and it is connected to my iphone with an app, which lets me set my program (everything from pain release to fitness or weight loss is available!) and it is easy to do some work while I am using it.
I currently aim to use it twice a day – in my mornings and in the eves for the best results.
It makes me feel so great and strong after a workout and gives me great confidence to deal with anything that comes at me on the day.
On top of it: My back/shoulder pain – which is due to bad posture, I am aware of that – has since become much better and I feel that it’s much easier for me to sit straight in front of my desk. Before just this felt like a workout to me as my muscles were only trained to sit ‘the wrong way’.
If you have a similar issue, definitely make sure to check out the Slendertone belts – they are working wonders!
5. Take time to relax
Don’t put too much on your to do list for the weekend. Yes, this is something I am definitely guilty of: thinking the weekend will last ages and I can do sooooo much – and then I don’t even get half of it done.
Settle with a realistic to do list and make sure to add enjoyable activities to your list! Don’t just stay inside all weekend doing work – at least get out and go for a walk to gain new energy for the new week.
And when you feel stressed and unmotivated, get a refreshing shower and treat yourself with your favourite beauty products. This always helps lift my mood so much! Also: make sure you get enough sleep during the weekend – don’t be afraid to go to bed early. Even during the weekends the latest time I go to bed is 11pm.
I just love being up early and productive on my weekends instead of laying in bed for hours 😉
I hope I could give you some useful tips for your weekends!
Let me know if you like posts like this and I can ensure to incorporate them into my blog more often 😉
Have a lovely rest of your weekend!