by Amanda Stewart
We’re all busy. Everyone has a lot on their plates: from jobs to families to side hustles to school. And if you’re like me, somewhere in there you’re trying to cook more and eat out less, exercise, drink more water, and get 7-8 hours of sleep. I feel tired even typing it all out.
My solution to the madness? Weekends. Really using my weekends (or at least part of them) for what they’re meant for: relaxing. It might sound simple, but it’s easier said than done. When was the last time you unplugged for a weekend? How about read a book (for fun!)? Didn’t move off the couch for hours glued to a Netflix series? Spent an entire Saturday in a park soaking up fresh air?
My partner is *this* close to completing his PhD. He spends his weekends and evenings writing and editing. I work in Admissions at Lincoln College, I am Editor in Chief for The Niche Movement and have my own jewelry business. It is easy for our weekends to turn into catch up: time spent in separate rooms grinding out our “outside of the office” commitments. With his encouragement and intentionality, sometimes I take entire weekends to unplug. We set aside our weekend evenings to go see a movie or spend time together. He helps me remember to rest my battery so that I’m fully charged for the week ahead. It isn’t easy.
It has to be intentional. If you’re anything like me, your first thought on a Saturday morning isn’t: “I can’t wait to lay here all day and do nothing”... it’s more like “I wonder how much I can accomplish today and tomorrow before Monday hits again”. Here is a secret: the to-do list never ends. It’ll all be there tomorrow, as well as probably more. I have to wake up on Saturdays and tell myself (or my partner reminds me) it’s okay to spend an hour (or two) drinking my coffee and reading a magazine. It’s okay if the laundry doesn’t get done. It’s okay to take a break from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all of the noise.
We have to use our weekends to recharge. Especially in higher ed when sometimes our weekends include being in the office for events. Even if you only get Sunday to yourself: take it easy. Soak it up. And be thankful for the time that you do get to recharge. Because it’s way better to be busy, than bored.