How to make your weekends more productive?

Family enjoying weekend.

"How was your weekend?” Is that not a familiar question? It is a question asked worldwide, probably being repeated millions of times every Monday morning. Just as common is the inquiry: “What are you doing this weekend? Have you made any plans?” 

Definitely, anywhere you go, on all continents, weekend activities are a chief topic of conversation.

To most persons, weekend means one or two days off from regular routine of work.

This provides various opportunities, depending on where you live.

In some places, soccer has become a national pastime and on weekends people flock from far and near to attend games.

In other places, people still use the weekends primarily to visit friends or sit around and relax, while others go to the seashore, run to the mountains, race to some resort area.

Just as long as one is going somewhere or is pursuing some activity that is considered pleasurable.

However, there is growing evidence indicating that most people are incapable of using leisure time constructively.

Therefore, instead of the weekends equipping them for more productive work, it increases tensions and ruins working efficiency. Thus, one may ask, are weekends beneficial?

Weekends a pleasure or plague?

A man floating in beer.

Weekends should be a pleasure, not a plague.


Because they allow people time to pursue interests that they enjoy.

In this mechanized age so many persons serve like cogs in a machine, performing one operation over and over again.

Weekends allow for a break in this monotonous routine.

They provide a change that can contribute towards a person’s physical and emotional well-being.

However, it is not uncommon to see persons obliterate their entire weekend, getting drunk on a Friday night and not sobering up again until Monday morning.

So, invariably then, one has to require another day to recuperate.

Hence, come Monday morning instead of having a feeling of satisfied contentment, a person is exhausted physically and emotionally bankrupt.

In evidence of this are accidents, mistakes and the general inefficient operations that have come to be associated with “blue Monday.”

On the other side, others apparently feel they have no place to go and can think of nothing to do.

So, they sit and stare at the four walls of their apartment or idly roam the streets.

Their weekends are far from pleasurable.

For them it can be said, ‘Saturday night is the loneliest night of the week.’

Therefore it would be appropriate that we consider suggestions on how one might make wise use of their weekends.

 More productive use of weekends

Picture of a lawn mower.

A pleasurable weekend is one that is built around a constructive change of activity.

The purpose of a day off is to recuperate.

Of course, for persons who are away from their homes most of the week, there may be many things around the house that need attention, such as cleaning, house repairs and mowing the lawn to mention a few.

If that is the case, tackle the job and get it out of the way.

There is great satisfaction in getting a job done.

Weekends also can provide time for partying and traveling, this done in moderation can enhance to your social well-being.

For an enjoyable weekend, make your plans in advance.

Do not just wait to see what turns up.

Too often unplanned weekends turn out to be “lost weekends.”

Plan to take a hike in the woods, for a swim in a lake or beach, or engage in some hobby you like. Activities such as these are up building, refreshing and a source of real satisfaction.

 Indeed, there are so many possibilities for weekend activities, but plan constructively.

However, be reasonable and do not try to crowd too many things into a weekend, nor unnecessarily make certain activities a regular weekend feature.

If you keep this mental attitude weekends will be a pleasure and never gravitate into a plague.

Weekends can also be a good time to strengthen family ties by doing things together.

Families should find pleasure in being together, and they do when parents take the initiative in planning activities in which all can share.

This may require a little thought and effort, but the rewards will be well worth it.

Youngsters will enjoy so much doing things with their parents and wives will draw closer to their husbands.


So endeavor to make wise use of your weekends.

Rather than allowing them to be a time of loneliness or days of dissipation in a mad pursuit of unproductive activities, plan so they afford you pleasurable relaxation and opportunity to do things you really enjoy.

Doing so will mark a weekend well spent.