5 Ways You Can Restore Balance to Your Busy Weekend

Do you ever feel like your weekends aren’t your own? Errands, chores, birthday parties, playdates, and other “obligations” can really eat away at the time we hope to spend recharging our batteries and restore balance to our busy lives. 5 Ways You Can Restore Balance to Your Busy Weekend via @familysportlife

This summer exposed a serious pain point for me.  I was CRAVING Sundays as a day to rest but the opposite was happening.  I found myself at the mercy of everyone else's needs specifically my kids.  Their Sunday habit became a never ending refrain of the "I'm boreds."  This was proceeded by whining about wanting more playdates.  Loathe to schedule one more playdate on top of all the transactional tasks that had to get done, I decided something had to change.  It was time to create new habits.

I wasn't making OUR rest (the kids need rest too) a priority in my weekend.  I knew we could have more fun and more quality time together if we were intentional about our schedule.  To do this we had to get clear on what we wanted our weekends to look like.

I asked myself a few questions:

  • What is working for us?
  • What isn't working for us?
  • What do I want more of?
  • What don't I want to do anymore?

Answering these questions allowed us to make a few small changes that resulted in a large impact.

Here are 5 Ways You Can Restore Balance to Your Busy Weekend:

Friday Night Fun.  We have carved out Friday night to do something fun together. Usually movie night at home.  With the common goal of being on the couch, movie ready, by 6:30 pm we foster teamwork.

5 Ways to Restore Balance to Your Busy Weekend via @familysportlifeGet everyone to pitch in.  We are delegating more and clearly communicating our expectations. Big A emptied and loaded the dishwasher Friday night so we could meet our “couch time” deadline. Sitting around on Sundays, everyone folds some laundry and helps putting it away. It is amazing how the smallest bits of help add up to more free time.  This weekend I delegated stuffing and stamping envelopes to Little A and she did a great job.  Of course I had to let go of the labels being straight.

5 Ways to Restore Balance to Your Busy Weekend via @familysportlife

Set limits.  While Saturdays are our day to get things done, catch up with friends, and go to birthday parties, Sunday is family day. It took a while to get the kids on board but after a few months they no longer ask for playdates and they aren’t complaining of boredom. In the beginning it was hard and I had to hold the line but I am glad I did.

5 Ways to Restore Balance to Your Busy Weekend via @familysportlife

Play more.  We are all playing more! Sunday usually starts with a hike or mountain bike ride. Board games are mixed in between laundry and food prep. They love getting involved in the kitchen so I will count that as play!

5 Ways to Restore Balance to Your Busy Weekend via @familysportlife

Try an early Sunday dinner.  I know to many people this is nothing new but to us, it is. For the last month, we have aimed to eat dinner around 3:30 and it has made a HUGE difference in reducing any weekend stress. Sunday evenings went from a rush to get everything ready for the week to a more relaxed vibe. There is plenty of time after dinner for showers, prep, and lounging around.

Since we have made restoring balance in our weekends a priority, we have seen many benefits including:

  • Stress reduction.
  • Increased harmony.
  • Improve QUALITY of time spent together.

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Tell me about a time when you had to restore balance to your busy weekend.