Why we need it: Everyone loves an extra day on the weekend! More time to have fun, spend time with the family, and just take a break from the normal routine. But what inevitably happens is that we spend too much of our weekend thinking about the upcoming week, and we don’t enjoy the holiday as much as we should. This is equally as true for those getting a break from the office as it is for those stay at home parents balancing all their kids’ activities. By preparing for our time off, we can actually enjoy it!
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How to do it:
1. Make a To-Do List. Prepare a list of to do items for Monday when you return to your normal work and home routine. By writing things down you won’t have to try and remember it during the weekend, allowing you to really relax and take your mind off your work and everyday responsibilities.
2. Clean Your Desk and Home. It’s nice to have things in order before taking a holiday. By cleaning up your work space or your home ahead of time, you feel a sense of accomplishment and don’t have to visually look at future tasks waiting for you. Nothing will kill your motivation for the new week like having a mountain of laundry to do or a huge mess on your desk!
3. Empty Your Inbox. There are few feelings like that of having a completely empty inbox- nothing pending, nobody awaiting responses. If you can clear out your inbox by Thursday you will be able to enjoy the 4th without things piling up!
4. Confirm Your Appointments. Whether you have a full day of meetings, or you have to take the kids to camp, make sure your schedule is up to date before the 4th. You’ll have the peace of mind of knowing what to expect after the weekend, and your appointments will probably be grateful to have everything confirmed as well.
5. Disconnect For The Holiday Weekend. Disconnecting can mean leaving your briefcase at the office, not checking email, turning off your cellphone, or not checking Facebook or the news. This allows you to fully enjoy the holiday without outside disruptions. If “shutting down” seems too extreme, try limiting outside distractions to 30 minutes per day at a set time, so you are otherwise freed up to relax and enjoy the moment.
We hope you have a very fun, safe, and relaxing Fourth of July!