Sometimes when you get asked what you’re doing this weekend, you don’t have much else but “nothing” to say. While you realize it sounds kind of lame that you don’t have anything scheduled, you’re secretly super excited for the weekend. Maybe you recently had a hectic weekend, or (like right now) it’s the calm before the craziness with the holidays coming up.
Who else absolutely cherishes these “nothing” weekends? They don’t come around all the time, but whenever they do I suddenly feel unstoppable with all the possibilities—like what in the world to watch on Netflix, or what deliciousness to put in the crock pot. I love to sprinkle these weekends with bit of everything for a nice balance—a little productivity (especially for the blog), some cleaning (but carefully so you don’t wind up with stitches), sleeping in and snuggling, prepping for the week ahead, trying a new recipe, doing something fun like hanging out with a girl friend or date night, practicing self-care like writing in a journal or working out, yoga, and so on.
I like to think that a successful “nothing” weekend is compiled of nuggets of happiness and feelings of fulfillment, whether from taking care of your mental well-being, to getting chores out of the way in order to better enjoy the rest of the weekend (and upcoming week).
While part of the fun of these “nothing” weekends is not having a plan, I still prefer outlining the basics to make sure I get the most out of my two free days. No, not with an overly long to-do list! I learned the hard way those just add more anxiety and feeling of hurriedness—and I’m not even more productive.
So, what makes one of these successful “nothing” weekends? Honestly, it’s however you define it—which can easily change from weekend to weekend. Good thing too, right? Or we’d be doing the same things every “nothing” weekend.
(How many more times do you think I can squeeze in the phrase “‘nothing’ weekend”? 😂)
Despite our various needs dependent on our moods and circumstances each week, the recipe for a well-balanced weekend tends to stay consistent. Some productivity here, some chill time there, a lil’ prep for next week… it all adds up to that special “Yes, I did this weekend right” feeling as you cozy up in bed Sunday night.
The recipe for a productive + chill weekend
- 2 parts productivity
- 2 parts relaxation/practice self-care
- 2 parts time with loved ones
- 1 part cleaning/tidying up
- ½ part prep for next week
Maybe it’s time dedicated to your side hustle, or you’re studying for a course, or researching a Lake Tahoe cabin. Whatever it is, get it done! Errands? Bite the bullet and just do them. You know you’ll feel so much better once they’re accomplished.
I personally love journaling/freewriting, yoga, and cooking/baking while listening to an audiobook. Curl up on the couch with an intriguing novel. Get a pedicure or go for a brisk walk outside. Or unashamedly fall for your own “I’m just gonna watch one episode” and three hours later you realize you’re officially binge watching Netflix. Hey, it’s okay—it’s the weekend! You do you.
Time with loved ones
Maybe it’s your girl friends, roommates, significant other, children, parents, siblings—WHOEVER, share smiles and give attention to the ones you love most.
Ugh, I know. Some weekends it’s more than others, but consistently include some variation of tidying up. Vacuum. Thorough wipe down of the kitchen counters and sink. Laundry. Clean out the car (er… sometimes). Quick clean of the bathroom sinks and pick up clothes in the bedroom. Make your home fresh and ready for next week, then relax and enjoy your Sunday evenings that much more.
Prep for Next Week
I honestly get excited preparing for the next week, mostly because I know how thankful I am on Monday mornings when the laundry is finished and folded, breakfast is prepared and tea set out next to a mug, with groceries stocked in the fridge and tomorrow’s dinner already planned. It seriously does wonders for your entire week ahead!
What’s your favorite way to spend a “nothing” weekend?
And hey, cheers to the weekend!