Tips to make the most of your weekend: Plus, win a $75 Visa Card to Spend on Weekend Fun!

SheSpeaksTeam By SheSpeaksTeam 09.04.19
Tips to make the most of your weekend: Plus, win a $75 Visa Card to Spend on Weekend Fun!

Labor Day has passed, which means summer is unofficially over. But that doesn't mean the fun has to end.

Check out these tips to make the weekend feel like a vacation and enter to win a $75 Visa gift card to splurge on your weekend.

Plan Ahead

You're more likely to have an exciting weekend when you have something exciting to do. But it's hard to find an activity when it's last minute. From now on, plan in advance without doing extra work. When you hear about a festival that sounds fun, a concert you want to see, or a place a friend bragged about going to, don't just "try and remember it." Open up your calendar right then and schedule it in. Then when it's Thursday and you're wondering what you'll do over the weekend, you'll already have something planned. 

But Leave Some Time Free

Don't over-schedule. Now that you have fun activities on your calendar, it may be natural to spend the rest of your time doing errands and chores you need to do. Which leaves you feeling exhausted on Sunday night. Try to book one big activity each weekend and then leave some time open for spontaneity. Allow a few hours to read a book, catch up on your favorite show, go for a jog or cook a delicious meal. What makes you feel good? Do it. 

Do Chores During the Week

We know that it's hard to have the energy during the week to clean the bathroom or go grocery shopping. But if you do one chore each night, that's five less chores you'll have to do on the weekend. Try cleaning the bathroom after the kids go to bed, buying a birthday present on your lunch break, or writing out your grocery list on the commute home. That way, the weekend errands will be done faster and you'll have more time to enjoy.

Remember to Use Every Minute

Sometimes, we try to arrange time with friends, but when Saturday night doesn't work out, we give up. Remember that there are 48 hours in a weekend - 54 if you start counting on Friday evening. So meet friends for a Friday night out. Yes, you'll be tired from work, but seeing other people will energize you. And don't waste Sunday thinking about work the next day. Instead, arrange a Sunday dinner date.  Not only are friends more likely to be free on Friday and Sunday nights, it's also easier to get a babysitter if you need one. 

Put Down the Screens

Seeing other people's fun adventures on social media will make you feel like whatever you are doing isn't as awesome. Stop making comparisons. Instead, focus on the moment you are in. If you're on a bike ride with your kids, enjoy it. If you're having drinks with new friends, focus on them. If you're getting together with family, cherish the time you have making memories. Don't think about what others are doing right then. Plus, time goes by too quickly when you are staring at a screen. Don't waste those precious weekend hours!

Go on a Micro-cation

If all else fails, take a micro-cation. Micro-cations, or mini-vacations, are the latest trend in travel. Instead of taking one long vacation each year, micro-cations spread out your vacations into several long weekends so there are more times to look forward to. Think a good vacation can't be done in one weekend? Think again. If you sneak out at lunchtime on Friday, you can get to your destination by Friday evening, and you have almost two whole days of fun before returning on Sunday night. Or better yet, take Friday off, leave after work on Thursday, and you have almost three days, which can really feel like an escape. Our favorite way to micro-cation is to watch travel websites, where you can often find specials on flights or hotels, or even last-minute vacations. If you see something good, book it, and figure out the logistics later!

How are you making the most of your weekends? Tell us to win a $75 Visa gift card to spend on weekend fun!

#SheSpeaksWeekend Giveaway

*One lucky contestant will be chosen at random to receive a $75 Visa card. Giveaway is open through September 22, 2019 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.

Update: Thanks to all who entered! Congrats to our winner, SheSpeaks member nooneyouknow.

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  • AmAtHome By AmAtHome
    09.09.19  

    I try & complete all work related tasks by Thursday, so that if last minute things come up I still have Friday to finish them and then don't have to think about it on the weekend. I also do extra meal prep throughout the week so the weekend won't involve as much cooking.

  • sandramburns1959 By sandramburns1959
    09.09.19  

    Make sure all chores are done, so I can enjoy myself.

  • helenlam By helenlam
    09.09.19  

    We try to head out early during the day to enjoy more activities during the day.

  • tarakitten By tarakitten
    09.09.19  

    I make the most of my weekends by spending my time playing with my kids and snuggling with my hubby.

  • mnleona By mnleona
    09.09.19  

    Church. reading and crocheting.

  • turkoise By turkoise
    09.09.19  

    We try to make our weekends relaxing and spend a lot of time "doing nothing" and spending time together as a family.

  • ingrid0715 By ingrid0715
    09.09.19  

    I always try to do chores during the weekend although it can be a little hard to do everything we want but yes there is always so many fun things to do in the weekend we can escape to, even it it's to relax a little

  • Justicesmom By Justicesmom
    09.09.19  

    My husband works weekends, so the kids and I spend as much time with him at work as we can. He is a Ranger @ a state Park here in Florida. So not only do we get to see him at work the kids can play, swim, walk trails, volleyball we just have a blast!! I love my family so much and am grateful for anytime together between work and school!

  • ChelleB35 By ChelleB35
    09.09.19  

    I catch up on any missed chores and spend time with my kids

  • BellaBella2 By BellaBella2
    09.09.19  

    Working on my small business

  • livingsmartgirl By livingsmartgirl
    09.09.19  

    I am looking forward to my next vacation to Niagara Falls with hubby.

  • Kalikala By Kalikala
    09.09.19  

    I work all weekend - busiest days of the week!

  • aundiegr By aundiegr
    09.09.19  

    Getting ready for a camping trip in the deep woods up north! No electricity! Great time to unplug with 30+ family and friends...Can't wait to enjoy the outdoors and beautiful scenery and the best part is to listen to the surrounding wildlife.

  • slilley By slilley
    09.09.19  

    Go for a hike with family

  • LynneBlack By LynneBlack
    09.09.19  

    I'm a planner and tend to organize things regularly so I don't have to worry about it over the weekend. By staying on top of my day-to-day tasks, I have more time to spend with my Hubby and friends.

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