Sure, weekends are for errands. They’re for finally having a spare minute to pare down that extensive to-do list, buy an extra shower curtain, make sure the dishwasher has stopped randomly exploding, and walk the dog. You have to do all those things, but unfortunately, being barraged by errands and chores on your days off means they’re not days off at all. Every once in a while, make sure that your weekends are actually work-free. Forget all your have-to-dos and make your want-to-dos a priority instead. Try these things to make your weekend actually relaxing and full of creativity and fun.
1. Take a mini road trip.
Pick a place on a map, preferably not across the country, and go. Plan a two-day trip filled with spontaneous adventure. Explore a new town, its culture, the food, the nightlife. Stay in a terrible motel. Take pictures. Make memories.
2. Pick a book and read the whole thing.
None of us has a moment to truly indulge in a book anymore. It’s only in the spare moments, like on the train or right before bed, that we even think of opening a book. So on your weekend off, pick up Infinite Jest or The Great Gatsby and don’t move until you’ve read the whole thing. Except for Infinite Jest. That may take you until Christmas vacation.
3. Go out with a camera and stretch your photography skills.
Or your iPhoneography skills! Every time I make the effort to explore even my own two-mile radius with the intention to take photos, I tend to see my neighborhood in a very different light. It’s also peaceful and can let you have time to reflect and unwind.
Guiltlessly. Whether you’re shopping for home goods, clothing or necessary items, set yourself a budget and make sure you don’t go under or over it. Spend exactly how much you can spare and do it without guilt. Indulging yourself shouldn’t come with buyer’s remorse (all the time).
5. Learn something.
Take a class. Play a round of mini-golf with your friends, take a wine and painting class, do ballet, go to the batting cages. Learn a new skill. Forget being good at it, just learn it.
6. Cook a ridiculous meal of your favorite things.
While this may not seem relaxing to you, keep in mind that you can take all day and that the meal is for you, so there’s no pressure to get it perfect. Pick all your favorite things to eat and try to make them. Bonus: you can eat as you go.
7. Go to a museum.
When Ferris Bueller had a day off, he went to a museum. If it’s good enough for Ferris, it’s good enough for you. Bonus points if you stand around like a statue.
8. Throw a barbecue for your friends and family.
Invite over all your favorite people for no reason and grill up some burgers and hot dogs. Let everyone bring a cocktail, beer or dessert and turn it into a potluck. Make sure you make time for the people you love.
Giving back to your community helps others and makes you feel good at the same time. It makes you realize how fortunate you are, and it may turn into a passion.
10. Finish that damn screenplay.
You’re never going to be a famous screenwriter in Hollywood if you don’t give it the ol’ college try.