Everyone’s busy, I get it. That doesn’t mean that you have absolutely no time to get out and plan some fun activities. I personally believe it comes down to prioritizing what’s important in your life and that’s going to look a little different to everyone. My idea of fun involves weeknights and weekends, since I work a 9-5. Typically that involves me climbing at the gym three nights a week and road biking in the morning. Weekends are generally filled with beach trips, hiking, mountain biking, with the occasional weekend rock climbing trip.
Whatever your cup of team may be, here are some ways to help you get the most use of your free time throughout your week and weekends:
- Have a routine: You’re not going to be “boring” because you’re going to be doing the things you love and making times for those things. For instance, throughout the week you can find me at the climbing gym Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights. Doing this for me makes it super easy to schedule other things around my plans.
- Do your chores: Work your chores into your weekly routine. You don’t want your apartment/house to get destroyed, but you also don’t want to have to worry about it on the weekend when you want to have some bigger adventures. Not to mention that it’s always nice to come home to a clean place after a long adventure.
- Make a plan, but keep an open mind: It’s great to plan out adventures for your weekends. Heck, I’ll even plan my weekends up to four months in advance (that’s my record). That way you know what you’re going to be doing and you can invite people to join you. However, we all know things “happen,” so don’t get upset or hung up on fulfilling that one plan. The weather, for instance, might get in the way and force you to change plans.
- Plan a rest day: No need to constantly burn the candle at both ends, as they say. Your body needs some time for rest and relaxation, so don’t hesitate to plan a day, consisting of napping, reading, video games, TV watching, etc. These days are especially great if you’ve been busier than usual between work, school, and adventures.
The keys are simple, time management and knowing where your priorities lie. When you know where your priorities lie, capitalize on that knowledge by following these four steps and I’m sure you’ll be able to make your adventures a reality with the time you’re given.
Justin Fricke is the mind behind the shenanigans you’ll find on his website, The Weekend Warrior. Keep up with him and all his Weekend Warrior shenanigans on Twitter and Instagram by following @JustinLFricke