I'm pretty sure we all love three-day weekends and 2016 seems like the year for them. Memorial Day, July Fourth, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Christmas and New Years all seem to be three-days! With a few already in the rearview, I've jotted some notes to make sure I get the most out of the precious remaining long weekends.
The first key is to decide whether you're going away or staying home. While a getaway is always a win, in my experience, having a three day chunk of "staycation" on the calendar can be a blessing if planned right.
Here are my tips for making the most of the long weekend at home.
1. Keep your morning routine consistent.
The first key to maximizing your three day is to start it off on the right foot. That means waking up at roughly the same time you do each day and getting yourself in the frame of mind you want to be in, whether through a dedicated morning ritual like meditation or a quiet cup of coffee before the kids are up.
2. Do one or two workouts.
Since you have an extra day off from work with no commute, I bet you can find some time to fit in a work out. Shoot for 30 minutes of exercise, even a brisk walk will do, once or twice during the weekend.
3. Catch up on reading.
If you're like me, you are probably way behind on your reading goals for the year. I get it, life happens. But now is the time to grab a cup of tea and hang out in bed for a couple hours with some good fiction, or whatever floats your boat. I’m thinking a little P.G. Wodehouse.
4. Schedule in some FQT.
In my life, if it’s not in the calendar, it’s not going to happen. That goes for family quality time, or FQT. So schedule an hour or two with your spouse and/or kids when you know you’ll be 100% present, preferably for something they want to do.
5. Take a nap.
Until recently, I’ve always had the guilty feeling that "Naps are for Wimps." I owe it to Michael Hyatt for helping me see the error there. Even if you can’t fall into R.E.M., try and spare 20-30 minutes to lie flat on your back, close your eyes, and breath deeply. When I do this, I definitely feel recharged and less wimpy when I get up.
6. Do the one thing you love.
As busy adults, it can be impossible to find time for the one thing we love. Look at the calendar. Block off a nice big chunk of that long weekend for yourself. Do something that makes you happy. And don't feel guilty about it.
Overall, I see three-day weekends as a nice disruption to the normal routine. They’re a chance to reset good habits, but also to shake things up a bit. For me, it’s important to maintain healthy daily routines and rituals, while planning some much needed excitement.
I hope you can use some or all of these ideas to maximize your upcoming three-day staycation. As always, if you have your own tips and tricks, feel free to share them in the comments. And if you're planning an upcoming three-day weekend getaway, check out part 2 of this mini-series in Travel.