The “official” last weekend of summer is fast approaching. As a long holiday weekend, you most likely have an extra day off to add to a normal weekend. My guess is you’re dreaming about the beaches, the parties and the backyard barbecues. But have you thought about the ways in which you could really take advantage of this time and improve your wellbeing? Research has shown that shutting down every so often helps us avoid burnout. There’s no better time than a long holiday weekend to do so! Here’s how:
- Take advantage of your Friday (at least before noon). There’s a reason why businesses have “casual Fridays.” To many of us, Fridays are flexible days in which we do as much work as we can. However, Friday is there for you to prepare for your long relaxing weekend. Check in with your colleagues about any project updates, clean up your office, finish any pressing tasks, and create a clear plan of action for Tuesday. This is your Friday “to-do” list, and if you accomplish each one, you’ll hit the ground running when you return.
- Take advantage of your laptop case and your charging docks. When you’ve completed your checklist on Friday, put your phones and laptops away. Don’t leave them out to check your email every 20 minutes. That’s not unplugging. There’s nothing worse than sitting and staring at screens during your time off. Unplug and try to use as little technology as possible. We all know how excessive device use can impact our sleep, but why make yourself more prone to eye strain. At least for the long weekend, sleep better and keep your mind clear.
- Take advantage of “do nothing” time. Personally, my calendar Monday through Saturday is usually booked solid. Everything within my daily plan takes up a specific block of time, whether it’s meetings, projects, errands, workouts, dinner reservations, meal prep and planning, or even just moments I get to meditate. Sundays are my days to be completely uncommitted and unscheduled. Sometimes it’s okay if your plans include a little bit of nothing. Schedule it in and see what happens!
Take a few days to rejuvenate and rest. Focus only on your friends, your family, and most importantly, yourself! Not only will you come back feeling renewed, but you’re more likely to be more creative and act more energized.
What’s your plan for unplugging this weekend?