{time} Your ideal weekend

On a Monday a couple of weeks ago, a colleague at work asked me how my weekend was, as you do, and I said, “it was a really great weekend”.

“Oh,” they said, “tell me more”.

And then I realised that nothing out of the ordinary had happened.

I’d had a friend date on the Friday afternoon, hosted my kids’ book club, gone to Zumba and church, did some pottering around the house and read a book.

Kind-of standard things for me, but a really great weekend I realised because it had MY three ideal elements in the correct ratios.

  1. People/ out and about stuff
  2. Productivity
  3. Relaxation

It got me thinking that having a great weekend is completely within my control because I can control all of those components.

I’d been feeling a bit blah lately and when Dion and I unpacked my feelings, I realised I hadn’t had enough people time. As an extrovert, I’m energised by spending time with people.

My happy number is about 5 – 6 friend dates every month. Book club happens automatically and my friend dates are set up on a schedule, but when they get cancelled, I’m not upset (life happens) but I feel it later in this low energy state. What I need to do is then possibly reach out and just connect with a friend by phone.

We were at book club recently when one of our introvert members explained to two of us extroverts that it’s nothing personal but they just don’t feel the need to spend time with people. I must say, I was a bit surprised but I had an aha moment about friendship right there and then.

Over to you.

What does your ideal weekend look like? And are you an introvert or an extrovert? How does this play out in your weekend plans?

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  1. MamaCat says

    My perfect weekend starts with getting home on Friday to a perfect neat clean house (I love the lady that helps us.) I have ready prepped meals, tea, books, weather that is slightly cold, so I can get into bed with my books and tea and cuddle under a blanket. I will never have to open the front door and I will never have to do more than lie in bed reading.
    I am not sure where the cats, hubby and HB will be. I have no need to talk to anyone, interact with anyone. I make all my friend dates for weekdays, because as much as I like seeing them, I do not want to clutter my weekends.
    I do however spend weekends fully busy with early morning cricket, library, shopping, stuff I do not want to do, endless playdates, meeting moms and making an effort to build relationships, working, doing cpd. My reading happen in between everything all day everyday and I no longer drink tea.

  2. I’m pretty introverted, and I work full time, so my ideal weekend is no people and no plans. Do I ever get that? Nope. But if I can have even a half day around the house with nowhere to go I’m usually happy. I also dislike doing chores on the weekend. I try to fit all of my work and chores into the week so I can relax on the weekends! Doesn’t work for everyone but it’s always been my preference, even in college.

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