I’ve always tried not to be one of those people who spends their entire week counting down to the weekend, but especially during the summer, sometimes you just can’t beat that happy sense of freedom that Saturday and Sunday bring.

Lately I’ve been trying to find more ways to infuse every day of my life with more fun, and it’s got me wondering if there are simple ways that I could bring that sense of freedom into say, an average Tuesday.

To test my theory, I came up with five easy activities that I typically reserve for the weekend, and I’ll be trying them out this week to see how it changes my workday vibe. Hope you’ll join me, and I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.

featured image via margo & me

photo via livvyland

#1 – Go swimming.

Very few things scream “weekend” quite like jumping in a swimming pool. If you’re in Austin, pack a picnic and head to Barton Springs or Deep Eddy for an evening swim. Or, invite yourself to your friend’s apartment pool, hit up a neighborhood city pool, or if you’re lucky enough, head to a nearby beach or lake. The only requirement is that you’ve got to completely submerge yourself in the water and swim (don’t worry, your hair will be just fine.)

photo via a beautiful plate

#2 – Try out a fancy cocktail recipe.

Sure, pouring a glass of red after a long workday might be something you do on the reg, but how about mixing up a pitcher of Lime Grapefruit Basil Gin Punch or Cucumber Sangria? Invite a friend and sip up those weekend vibes — summer playlist mandatory.

photo by buff strickland

#3 – Catch a movie.

Many weeknights, my brain goes into super-efficiency mode and I don’t even think about doing just-for-fun things like going to a movie. Get a ‘sitter if you need one and catch a movie you’ve been wanting to see – and yes, popcorn totally counts as dinner (just ask Olivia Pope).

photo via could i have that?

#4 – Schedule a midday “recess.”

This is one of those things that’s so simple, it’s almost hard to believe how much of an effect it can have on my day. In the morning when I’m going over my schedule for the day ahead, I carve out at least one hour of “recess” – a break from all work, commitments, and most importantly, my phone and computer. It could be an early AM surf class, leisurely walk on my lunch break, long bath with candles and a book after work, or a dance party with my kids before bedtime. Just put that recess on your calendar like any other appointment, and don’t let the busyness of life get in the way.

photo via kelly oshiro

#5 – Invite friends for a casual dinner party.

I know, I know: the thought of cooking, hosting, and cleaning up sounds like a lot to tackle after work, and that’s why I’m a proponent of throwing an “appetizer party.” Here are all my tips, and don’t worry about staying up too late – you can go to bed early tomorrow.

20 comments
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    alexandra | July 19, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Such a lovely post and oh how I would love for all my days to feel like weekends haha x

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    Jennifer | July 19, 2017 at 8:03 am

    I love this article! What great ideas. Thanks for the inspiration. I plan to start scheduling some mid week DIY project time and maybe eating some meals al fresco. 🙂

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    Molly | July 19, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I try to make Wednesdays a mini weekend in some way whether it’s springing for dessert, sleeping in or skipping the gym guilt-free. It really breaks up the week when Friday seems far away and motivates me to carve out time for myself since so often the weekends get loaded with social items. Think I may try your pool tip!

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    thismisscooks | July 19, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I do #5 every week! Once we had all graduated college a few years ago, I wanted to find a way to keep those friendships going. I host a casual dinner at my house every Wednesday and anyone can drop in if they have time. I love that it’s something to look forward to in the middle of the week, and I’ve gotten better over time at making it stress-free!

    Lindsey of This Miss Cooks
    https://thismisscooks.wordpress.com/

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    Helen | July 19, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    I’m all about making every day feel like the weekend. I should start doing these things more throughout the week, especially trying fun cocktail recipes. 😉

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

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    Molly Alee | July 19, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I’ve just started going swimming too – for fun with my friends and for exercise! Definitely brightens up my week xxx
    http://mollyalee.blogspot.co.uk

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    Samantha Lee | July 19, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    How fitting, I literally posted about the exact same thing today on Instagram – finding ways to break up the boring work week like going to a movie (which we did on Monday night), planning workout dates with friends, or trying new restaurants (hoping to make it down to the beach for this one next week). And if you really don’t have the time for those things at least once a week, I also shared five easy ways to squeeze happy into the daily grind. 😉 Here if you’d like to take a look…

    https://wonderlandsam.com/2017/05/10/5-ways-to-squeeze-happy-into-the-daily-grind/

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    Jennifer Rose Smith | July 19, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I’ve been swimming laps after work on my way home at Deep Eddy pool and it makes me so happy. Even though we have to work all year long as adults it’s nice to find some moments that capture the freedom that summer always had as a kid. Great ideas!

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    mirela16 | July 22, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Very nice text! ?

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    Dalal | July 22, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Totally my kind of philosophy <3 Everyday is a blessing make the best out of it ??

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    Keri|flipflopweekend.com | July 22, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I loved this post! My blog name came from the whole idea that we work all week and live for the weekends. We have a pool right here that we never get in during the week, which is ridiculous lol. Your list was so simple that it makes it very feasible to enjoy a little bit of extra weekend vibe into the week. Excellent article! Thanks!

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    Mary | July 22, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    What a gorgeous picnic/movie setup you have going in photo #3! I love the idea of scheduling in the phone/computer free ‘recess.’ Mine is when I get out on the ice and figure skate– total getaway from stress!

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    Carol Graham | July 22, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    This made me smile. I am a workaholic who has worked for herself since the 70s. Everyday is a workday but also a holiday because I love what I do.

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    edwina escapes | July 23, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    I do #1 all the time in Summer! I love making the realization that weeknights are your time too, not just the weekends. So often we forget that. In Winter I usually swap the swimming for a dessert bar somewhere…

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    Natalie Redman | July 24, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Great ideas here! I need to do more swimming. I loved it as a teenager!

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    Kristy | July 24, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I LOVE this so much! such great advice!

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    michelaampolo | July 24, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    useful tips 🙂
    Miki xx
    https://littletasteofbeauty.blogspot.it/

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    Fatima | August 20, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Great tips! so useful and helpful

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