How To Not Waste Your Weekend

How To Not Waste Your Weekend
Carly Jacobs
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usually write posts like this because the topic is something I’ve mastered myself but I actually really suck at not wasting my weekends. I rarely over plan and I rarely over drink but I often end up working for most of the weekend or sleeping in way too late because I got too excited and stayed up watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls and eating cheese on toast at 1am. This post is just a reminder before the weekend starts, for all of us, not to waste it. Weekends are precious so make sure you make the most of them. Here’s how not to waste your weekend.

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Don’t over plan

It might seem like a really awesome idea to book yourself out all weekend but by the time Sunday night hits and you haven’t so much as sat on your own couch for at least an hour or two, you need to calm down on all the invitation acceptance. I usually lock in 1 dinner and maybe a lunch or coffee over the weekend but that’s it. If I’ve met someone a handful of times and they (very sweetly) invite me to their baby shower, I will very politely decline every single time. If someone wants to take my Sunday afternoon away from me they have to be a blood relation, one of my closest ever friends or Mr Smaggle. Be selfish with your weekends and treat them like a pile of money. Don’t just be handing out fifties all willy nilly or you’ll be left with nothing.

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Stick to your regular sleep patterns as much as possible

It can be SUPER tempting to stay up late because NO WORK ON SATURDAYS but life still happens on Saturdays. Kids still exist on Saturdays, your washing basket is still full on Saturdays and you still have to grocery shop on Saturdays. It’s cool to spend a little bit of extra time in Bed-fordshire but don’t permanently relocate there.

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Vintage bicycle waiting near tree

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Watch your alcohol cosumption

I like to drink on the weekends too but here’s a little thing I figured out recently… I reach my absolute peak of fun when I’ve had 3 to 4 glasses of wine. If I have MORE than 4 glasses (over an entire evening) I never, ever have additional fun. It doesn’t even prolong the fun I’m already having, it just makes me feel shitter as the night goes on and definitely worse the next day. If I stop drinking and have a cup of tea instead, it’s never a bad decision but if I slam an extra couple of reds… bad life choice.

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Be a little bit productive…

A lot of people get really funny about doing chores on the weekend but I love it! I’ll chuck on a few loads of washing, set up the ironing board in front of the TV or clean out the fridge. Do try to fit in a few odd jobs around the house on the weekend, it will make the world of difference by the time Monday rolls around and the busy week kicks in.

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But also make sure you enjoy wasting some time

A weekend isn’t a weekend unless you’ve snuggled on the couch with your kids to watch cartoons or lay in bed in the morning reading a good book. Time spent doing something you love, is never time wasted.

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What are you up to this weekend? Anything exciting on for you?

 

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18 Comments

  1. styleonv 6 years ago

    Love this gorgeous lady. V x

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      Thanks love! Sometimes people need a gentle reminder!

  2. Fiona 6 years ago

    I have a serious case of FOMO and so accept ALL THE PLANS!!!!!!! This is my major weekend failing, but I don’t think I can stop…

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      You can do it! I believe in you! I totally didn’t take my own advice at all this weekend and drank too much beer in the sun and ended up in a bad way on Sunday night… but that’s rare!

  3. Mystery Case 6 years ago

    I’m heading off to the wine region (at least I think it’s the wine region) a few hours south of Perth for a food and wine festival this weekend. I’ve been looking forward to it but with the silly season having started early this year, I’m actually craving a weekend of slothing about.

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      Oh I hope you had fun! Do mean Margaret River? I’ve been working with them all year on a tourist app! It’s such a beautiful place.

  4. I’m with you on the over planning. I like to be sociable at least once on the weekend but that’s about as much as I can manage. I still haven’t mastered the sleep routine one though, I stay up til silly o’clock on weekend nights but still wake up at early bird weekday times on weekend mornings. It’s a recipe for disaster! We had big plans for our anniversary this weekend, but the hubster spent Friday night in emergency and will spend the rest of the weekend in hospital, so if nothing else, there’s going to be a lot of down time!

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      Oh my god is everything okay? What happened???

      • Turns out it was a stroke! On the flip side, it was a small stroke, which is much better than a big stroke. He’s loads better but still in hospital 🙁

  5. Ness 6 years ago

    Great post Carly. I always over plan my weekends. I need to follow your tips.

  6. merilyn 6 years ago

    all good smags! … all depends on what we think is wasting time!
    I can idle away hours … daydreaming, looking and thinking about
    my creative venture at the time!
    the thing is i’m not very ordered and i have a very nebulous right brain train of thought happening here!
    i’m trained to give myself permission to play and experiment, because it is part of my creative process! … and I don’t feel guilty because it’s my life work!
    I didn’t grow up yet! … thank goddess! … much more boring things I could be doing but I’m doing this now and extending my brain! … lovely! … cheers m:)X

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      Oh totally! I think that time spent doing something you love is never time wasted!

  7. Sublime Finds 6 years ago

    Exxxxcellent tips, Smags! I am following your last tip – some time on the couch! Much happiness in the Smith household. Hope you’re having a great Sunday! x

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      I had a lovely Sunday but it ended badly after I drank beer in the sun… very dehydrated and sick! Talk about failing at my own advice.

  8. Kelly NH 6 years ago

    Bed-fordshire – Sounds like the place I want to be, but can never afford to stay there :o(
    Saturdays are just me & the kids, hanging out, visiting the library, and just doing whatever we feel like in general. Playdates and sleepovers are crammed in on this day too. Sundays are where all of us get to be at home, its so lovely. Yesterday we had the kids karate grading, had a casual lunch at the pizza place on our road, played Starwars Monopoly with no incidental injuries, had a swim and watched Guardians of the Galaxy on our projector (again). Made BBQ hamburgers for tea and we all passed out on the couch……
    Normally I would’ve cleaned the house & tried to fit in a heap of cooking etc, but I think I just wasted a weekend in the very best way!!

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      That sounds utterly perfect! I have a craving for BBQ hamburgers now… def one night this week!

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