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 Wednesday. 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.
#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.)
#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.
#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).
#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.
#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.