7 Tips For A Productive Day Off

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on February 22, 2017


I know what you’re thinking…

You don’t want to have a productive day off because you want to binge watch Netflix and take an unnecessary trip to Target.

Girl, same (preach hands emoji). Unfortunately, we can’t always let a day off go to waste. Now, I’m not saying you should be working hard on your day off because after working 40+ hours during the week, you deserve a day to relax. I’m not disputing that. But, if you have felt overwhelmed by life recently, a productive day off could help you tremendously! How, you ask?

1| A productive means you can work ahead of your schedule, so that there’s less stress for the upcoming weeks.

2| It means more time to enjoy time with your loved ones.

3| You’ll feel good about getting work done that you would have otherwise put off for a later date.

So, here I am. On my day off from work thinking that, yes, there are times where I let my days off completely go to waste. But sometimes I feel guilty at the end of the day because I think, “Wow, I could have done X, Y and Z and not have to worry about it next week/this weekend.”

Instead, I decided to watch YouTube videos and go to Target.

Now, I’ve learned to use my days off to my advantage so that I can enjoy part of the day, but I can also get things done. For me, it’s all about balance. Yes, you should enjoy your day off, but being productive will help you, too!

So here are my tips on how to be productive on your day off:

1| Plan Ahead

The night before your day off, write down a to-do list like you would for your work day. Keep your priorities in check. What are the three largest tasks you need to accomplish for the day? Outline what you want the day to look like, so that you get the most work done in the shortest amount of time.

2| Treat Your Morning Like A Half Day

The biggest mistake we make on our days off is that we don’t get moving until three hours later than we would on a normal day. Keep your alarm set for a reasonable time so that you can get up, get ready to take on the morning. I find that once I’m in my routine, I can get things done before 11 or noon.

3| Organize Your Day In Increments

Plan out your day based on what makes the most sense for you and your lifestyle. On this particular day off, I knew I wanted to work on my blog. I blocked off three hours for this. Then I would take an hour to watch YouTube videos, tidy, read, etc. Then I would block off another two hours for more work if needed followed by another hour of relaxing time. I set timers for this so that I stay true to what I want to accomplish during the day.

4| Treat Yourself To Self Care

Don’t forget about self care. I break up my day so that there are equal components of productive work, and time to relax as well. I think that this helps you focus on each part of the day so you don’t feel overwhelmed with all the tasks you need to accomplish.

5| Run Errands/Appointments After Lunch

If you know you need to go to Target, the bank, grocery shopping, and the doctors all in one day, block off a sufficient amount of time after lunch to accomplish this. Doing this after lunch will force you to have a more productive morning and get through your work because now you have motivation to get done before lunch. When you know you have errands in the afternoon, you’ll be more likely to work effectively early on.

6| Think Rationally

If you’re the type of person who simply has too much to do on their day off, take a step back and think rationally. Ask yourself, “Is there one or two tasks I can do another time?” Being honest and logical will help you determine what is most important for that day, so that you can also enjoy your time off as well. Remember that the goal is to balance productivity and relaxation. 

7| Relax

If you had a productive day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. working on blogging, cleaning, errands and more—good for you! Now, it’s time to take the rest of the day to focus on you. Have a pamper session, read a book, watch reality TV, and enjoy the rest of your day off for yourself. You work so hard every day, and you definitely deserve a little TLC. It’s okay to have a lazy afternoon and evening, especially when you accomplished so much on your day off!

How do you spend your day off? What other tips would you add to this list? Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below!



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  • What a fun post! I would have never thought to use plan my day off. I can’t wait to share this one !!!

    • Thank you so much for sharing! It truly means the world to me!

  • Brittany Hamer

    Love this post! This is where I fall so short usually – can be extremely productive during the week, but as soon as the weekend hits it’s like I become a slug on the couch and can’t do anything. Great tips here!

    • I can completely understand where you’re coming from, girl! I’ve been there, too! With a little planning and a little work–you can have a productive day but also enjoy it, too.

  • i definitely needed this post – i somehow can waste away entire days on netflix or pinterest. love that you still recommend balance though, not just grinding away.

    • Exactly! I’m all about balancing your time so that you can enjoy your days off, but still feel like you’re doing what you need to accomplish. That way, you won’t get behind or feel overwhelmed.

  • I swear my brain doesn’t work on my days off! These are great tips for those of us who are like me.

    • I promise, once you find the balance of work and play–it is wonderful to get things done!

  • Ashley Stephenson

    These are such good tips! On my days off I am guilty of not setting alarm and being lazy until late in the morning! I can see how keeping your same alarm will be helpful to get more things done!

    • Yes! Once you’re in that routine, it’s easy to crank through your to-do list or chores you need to get done that particular day.

  • So true! I had to really focus on relaxation during my recent time off. I was so used to always having to do something!

    • Yes! On the other hand, it can be difficult to make sure you’re taking enough time to relax and recuperate as well.

  • Great tips! I do the half-day for my days off. I like to get up around 8, start some laundry, and get to working on my “To Do” list. I find that if I focus for the first half of the day, I will accomplish much more than if I took it easy. My lazy mornings usually equal an entire lazy day.

    • I am the same way, Erin! When I start off the day slow and don’t work on anything–I feel like the day will fly by and I won’t get anything done. But when I do a little work i the morning from about 8-11, I find that I get almost everything done that I need to and still have time to enjoy the rest of my day!

  • Thinking rationally is so important! I never thought about how much something would take and I would schedule a bunch of things and then panic!

    • I’ve been there way too many times to count! Planning out your day and thinking rationally on how much you can truly get done in one day is so important!

  • These are great tips! Working from home, I have managed to keep myself out of the office on weekends however I know that I need to take a day and make some progress to get myself to where I need to be, rather than sleep in and relax all weekend!

    • Thank you so much, Christine! I’m glad there are other bloggers who can understand me perspective on this! When you have time off, by all means relax. But if you know you have a lot on your plate and you don’t want to be overwhelmed–doing a little bit of work on a day off will help you get ahead and you won’t feel stressed.

  • Meg

    Netflix and Target…sounds like EVERY one of my days off! These are great tips, especially for those of us who feel guilty when we take days off (raises hand). Definitely going to try to plan ahead and relax more from now on!

    • It’s a great way to balance work and play, so that you never feel guilty about when you do take the time to rest and relax when you have time off!

  • There are several days that I waste when I am off. I honestly do not want to do anything after a long work week. However, I do try to even it out to where I do some items on my to-do list and then I relax. Great tips girl!!

    • Thank you so much! And I am right there with you on wanting to relax after a long week! Like I said, balance is key to a day like this. It feels great to cross things off your to-do list but also know you’ll have time to relax! 🙂

  • Great tips! I’m so bad about lazing around on my day off, when I could be getting so much done. I like the idea of setting timers, and creating a checklist of things to get done that day. Loved this post, girl!

    • Thank you so much, Rebecca! I really appreciate your kind words! I love that you talk about setting timers to complete tasks because it helps me focus for that amount of time to get things done!

  • jennadesigns

    I love to-do lists and checking things off … I try to make my days off as productive as possible. I lack in the self-care department and am trying to work on that!

  • Planning ahead and making the most of the morning is so critical! The productivity first thing sets me up to keep going all day.

    • I’m so glad there are other people who agree with this! It makes me feel better about how I spend my mornings! Thank you for your comment, Brittany!

  • These are great tips! I’m so guilty of getting lost in Netflix for many days 🙂

    • Girl, we have all been there so don’t even feel guilty about it, haha!

  • Jewels Rhode

    I’m a plan ahead and use my morning asa half day kinda girl. I’m a morning person, so if I’m not productive in the morning on the weekends my day is pretty much wasted/

    • I’m a morning person as well, so I always find it easy to get up and start my day whether I have two things to do or 10 things to do! It definitely helps motivate me to get things done!

  • Karissa Ancell

    These are great tips! I need to work on being more productive. I think we all do.

  • Cadri

    That first sentence really speaks to me spiritually ?? these are great and I totally agree on setting half days to get stuff done in the morning!

    • Haha! I’m so glad there are other people who can relate to that because let’s be honest–we’ve ALL been there, am I right?! 🙂

  • Such great tips! I always wake up early on Saturday mornings and am able to get so much accomplished before noon. Then because of that, I always allow myself to relax for the rest of the afternoon with family. It’s all about balance! 🙂

    • Yes, Yes, Yes! I couldn’t agree with you more because when you find yourself getting everything done in the morning–it’s much easier to relax later on in the day!

  • Yes to all of these! I try to wake up by 9 at the very latest on Saturdays so I can still get shit done.

    • That’s awesome you’re always able to make the most of your Saturdays! So happy to hear it, Jenny! Thanks for your comment on this! 🙂

  • Planning in the evening or in the early morning it helps me a lot. I’m also more relaxed because I already know what I’m suppose to do that day and I can manage my time better.

    Cristina | *janded

    • I love that you talk about planning because I find that is where many people miss the opportunity to remove stress from their day! If you plan ahead, you’ll never feel overwhelmed or stressed!

  • Treat your morning like a half day…LOVE THIS TIP!!!!!

  • Abbey Phipps

    This is so smart! I like the idea of treating your morning like a half day! That way you get rest and productivity! 🙂

    • Exactly! I’m all about balancing your day so you don’t feel overwhelmed, but you’re also getting things done!

  • Samantha

    I love these ideas! Sundays are kind of a lazy day around here, and I love using that day to plan ahead for the week and maybe knock out a task or two ahead of time. It makes a huge difference!

    • I couldn’t agree with you more! Sundays can be busy sometimes because I like to plan for the week ahead, meal prep, etc. But there are some Sundays where I don’t want to do anything. It’s all about balance 🙂

  • I have this week off for winter vacation and I find that if I don’t schedule specific things every day, I don’t get anything done. These are great tips to be more productive on any day.

    • Thank you so much, Kim! Schedules are routines are definitely important to having a productive day whether it’s a day off or not!

  • I love the treat your morning as a half day tip! That’s so true, if you just buckle down and get to work you can usually accomplish your tasks in a timely manner. I like to run errands in the morning on days when I know there will be less people in stores, so I like to do those and then get to work. 🙂 But sometimes it can be hard to even make that move out of the house!

    • I completely know where you’re coming from. Today I thought to myself, “I would love to run my errands before 8:30…” And only one of the three errands happened. It’s all about balance, right?! Haha!

  • Sheila Jo Spencer

    I agree with the tip to treat the morning as a half day. I don’t always follow it, but I do agree with it! 🙂

    • Of course there are days where you want to kick back and relax all day, but it’s always nice when you’re able to get some work done ahead of time and then enjoy the rest of your day!

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