I remember reading in Laura Vanderkam’s 168 Hours that if you have a hard time starting your day, look at the composition of your evening the night before. Her point stuck with me. Although my husband and I are still working mostly all day Saturdays and part of Sundays, in the next few weeks, our schedules will slow down, and we’ll go back to spending the majority of the weekend rejuvenating, relaxing, and winding down to not only process the week, but also prepare for the one to follow. My son and I have been spending a few hours each Sunday at the library only two blocks away from our home, checking out new books (for baby and Mommy), swinging in Baker park, and antique shopping for props, home decor, and pantry items.
It has been so delightful, especially as the weather gets warmer. We picked up flaky, warm, chocolate croissants while we were out Sunday and this new Colclough piece by Jessica Lennox, an English artist. I’ve found that this downtime, along with a cup of tea, definitely helps with the transition from the ever-shrinking weekend to the stark Monday and, not surprisingly, increases productivity because you’re ready to lean into what needs to get done for the new week.
Also, having a few ritual activities each weekend (e.g., the library, park, a bike ride, or hiking) that are scheduled purely for enjoyment (and not obligation) gives the family something to look forward to during the week and adds a dollop of indulgence every Saturday or Sunday. Wishing you a fabulous start to your week! xx