If you spend all week looking forward to the weekend, but then find that the weekend flies by in 2 seconds and you didn’t do anything truly fun or restful, you might need to work on your weekend morning routine.
I love having a solid routine for my weekend mornings for so many reasons. Read on to hear why and how to set up your weekend morning routine for success!
CHANGE IT UP ON THE WEEKENDS
Weekends are for rest. A change of pace. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that we have to sleep until noon and watch TV all day after that. The best way to rest is by doing something that fills you up – not laying around doing nothing.
Often, the things that fill us up are the things that are totally different from whatever we’re doing during the week.
If you work with your mind during the week, do something with your hands on the weekend. If you work a very physically demanding job, then the weekend might be a good time to do something that involves being still and using your mind more.
For example, if you sit in an office all day Monday through Friday, then a restful way to spend your weekend morning might be to go to the park or spend some time working in the garden in your back yard.
WEEKENDS MATTER TOO
A lot of us put in a lot of effort at being productive from Monday through Friday. We practice good habits, work hard, and try to spend our time wisely. But when the weekend comes, we tend to feel like it doesn’t “count”. We throw our time away, let it get filled up with random activities and events, and don’t use the time intentionally.
But weekends are important! Saturday and Sunday make up 28 percent of our week. So if we’re not using that time well, it’s no wonder there doesn’t seem to be enough time to do what matters to us.
That doesn’t mean that we have to be “on” all weekend long being super productive.
But creating a simple plan in advance for how you’ll spend your time might mean that you’ll do more of what you actually enjoy instead of wasting the hours scrolling your phone or watching TV by default.
LET GO OF SLEEPING IN AS PART OF YOUR WEEKEND MORNING ROUTINE
Between waking up early with the baby and getting the older two girls off to school, my weekday mornings are a mess.
So instead of sleeping in on Saturday and Sunday like most people do, I like to wake up at the same time or earlier and use the time to enjoy my ideal morning routine of studying the Bible, going for a run, and taking my time to sip my tea.
Even if you have a solid morning routine going during the week, there are still so many reasons to consider waking up early on the weekend:
PROTECT YOUR SLEEP DURING THE WEEK
Sleeping late is all fun and games until you have to try to fall asleep early again on Sunday night.
But if you maintain a decent wake time as part of your weekend morning routine, you’ll stay on the same sleep schedule and avoid having trouble falling asleep on Sunday night.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR DAY
When I used to sleep in until the late morning on the weekends, I would wake up feeling fairly rested, but hated that I had wasted so much of the day sleeping. It made the weekend seem so much shorter!
You’ll have so much more of the day to enjoy and savor if you can summon the discipline to wake up earlier as part of your weekend morning routine.
FEEL MORE IN CONTROL
Getting woken up by the kids, even on a weekend morning when I don’t necessarily have to get up and out the door isn’t very fun. When that happens, I wind up starting my day off by reacting to the things that are happening to me (e.g. kids demanding food and assistance in the bathroom) instead of starting the day on my terms.
When I get up earlier, I feel so much better because I’ve taken some time for myself and I feel prepared to take on whatever the day throws at me.
Even on the rare morning that I don’t have kids to take care of, I still like to get up right away and go through my morning routine, because I think one lazy habit leads to another. If I sleep in, then when I finally wake up I waste time scrolling on my phone, and before I know it, it’s 1 PM and I’m still unshowered and in my PJs, feeling gross and having accomplished nothing.
WEEKEND MORNING ROUTINE IDEAS
If you need some ideas of good ways to spend your time on weekend mornings, read on!
Sometimes it’s hard to fit in a workout during the week, but Saturday morning is the perfect time to go for a leisurely run at the park or around your neighborhood.
What’s more relaxing weekend morning routine than curling up on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea on the weekend?
Like I mentioned above, working outside is the perfect change of pace if you sit at a computer all day during the week.
COOK SOMETHING ELABORATE
A delicious breakfast might be the perfect addition to your weekend morning routine if you have a little extra time. Lingering over some blueberry pancakes with a hot cup of freshly ground coffee sounds absolutely delightful.
Weekend mornings are also a great time to knock out errands that are tough to get around to during the week when you have other responsibilities.
GO FOR A DRIVE
This might not be ideal if you spend a bunch of time running around in the car all week. But if you work from home or stay home with the kids most of the time, it can be fun to go for a drive and see where the road takes you.
GO OUT FOR BRUNCH
Words cannot describe how much I enjoy going out for brunch on a weekend morning. First Watch is my fav!
CALL A FRIEND
Most people are a little more free on weekend mornings, so it’s the perfect time to call up a friend you haven’t seen in awhile and see how they’re doing.
If you don’t already journal regularly, it’s the perfect habit to add to your weekend morning routine.
I don’t encourage spending a lot of time cleaning during your weekend morning routine, but if you can get everyone in the family to work together for 30-60 minutes, you can get an awful lot done.
PURSUE A HOBBY
If you don’t think you have time for hobbies, the weekend is the perfect time to get started. Take up knitting, photography, or woodworking, or any of these 40 fun ideas!
GO TO THE PARK
This is great especially if you have kids. It’s great to get everyone out of the house, away from screens and into the fresh air.
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Melinda worked with children for years in a professional setting before becoming a full-time stay at home mom. She currently has three young children, and enjoys sharing tips and ideas about parenting and how to manage a home with excellence. She’s been featured on Heathline and Her View From Home.