I’ve always made it a goal to find more ways to infuse every day of my life with more fun. For me, it’s the little moments that bring the greatest sense of gratification, wonder, and awe. That first sip of coffee in the morning, the sunshine on my face, and all the small, seemingly insignificant things that fill me with joy. And while that mindset helps me look forward to every day of the week, it’s hard to beat the magic that summer weekends bring.

Saturday and Sunday come with a happy sense of freedom, but there are simple ways to bring that easy, breezy weekend feeling to the average Tuesday as well. Below, I’m sharing my favorite eight easy activities that help bring that weekend vibe to the workweek. Trust me, implementing any (or all!) of the ideas below can do wonders for your energy and mood—no matter if it’s a Monday or Friday.

And if you have more live-like-it’s-the-weekend inspiration to share, I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

Featured image by Michelle Nash.

Image by Michelle Nash

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 have to completely submerge yourself in the water and swim.

Image by Michelle Nash

Try Out a Fancy Cocktail Recipe

Swap your glass of red wine with a pitcher of Lime Grapefruit Basil Gin Punch or Cucumber Sangria! Invite a friend and sip up those weekend vibes—summer playlist mandatory.

Image by Teal Thomsen

Rethink Your Morning Routine

If you’ve been here for a while, then you know we’re obsessed with learning the ins and outs of the morning routines of the most inspiring women we know. While they’re all a little different, they each fill their mornings with the rituals that ground them, support them, and set them up for a successful day. So if you sleep in until the very last minute and only have time to get dressed and rush out the door, spend a little time planning out your ideal morning—and start the steps that’ll make it happen.

Image by Teal Thomsen

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.

Image by Michelle Nash

Take an Actual Lunch Break

If time allows, carve out a little space in your day when you can mindfully enjoy your midday meal. No phone. No computer. Just you and your lunch. (OK, the company of coworkers is welcome, too!) Pay attention to how your food tastes and connect with all smells and sounds around you. While it might feel a little uncomfortable at first, lean into it—there’s plenty of joy to be found.

Image by Michelle Nash

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.” This means 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.

Image by Clara Thomas

Have Fun With Your Workouts

OK, I totally get it if you can’t climb a mountain in the middle of your workweek. But I’m sharing this tip as a reminder that fitness and exercise don’t have to (re: shouldn’t) feel like a chore. If you don’t love pilates, don’t drag yourself to a class! Try something new—whether it’s a class you’ve always been curious about or a sport that seems like a good time. And bring a friend! There’s power—and fun—in numbers. Need some inspo? Here are 17 ideas.

Image by Michelle Nash

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.

This post was originally published on July 9, 2019, and has since been updated.

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Comments (20)
  1. 1
    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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