15 Weekend Activities to Help Increase Weekday Productivity

Work life is sometimes met with way too much frustration. When your Monday blues loom across the rest of your week it's easy to wind up vegging outcurled up on the couch, packing away calories, TV remote in hand. Weekends are ideally spent charging us up for the week ahead and unwinding in the best possible ways. Here's a list of activities to put your weekend to better use, and help make your work life more productive:

#1: Play a musical instrument

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Playing a musical instrument enhances your mood by releasing the feel-good hormone, dopamine, into your synapses. It also helps to make the brain smarter by increasing concentration levels, improving memory retention, and lowering stress levels. Music helps improve social skills and teamwork when playing together.

#2: Reading


Reading lets your imagination take flight into places unknown and experience things you would have otherwise never felt. It makes you culturally aware, gives you a better vocabulary, and facilitates a mental workout. Nothing gives you as many high-quality conversation starters as reading, especially for the notoriously low price.

#3: Learning a new language


Learning a new language is one of the toughest things to put your brain through. As we grow older, it is especially challenging, though more rewarding for just that reason. Learning a new language is like 'Botox for the brain', as it is proven to delay the effects of aging and postpone the onset of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

#4: Traveling


Travel is one such activity that makes you realize how mesmerizing the world is and how awe-inspiring the lives around you can be. Introducing yourself to different cultures, different lifestyles and varied experiences help you understand yourself and the world around you better. Eventually, it will help you appreciate what you have and find a deeper meaning in your life. 

 #5: Painting


Often described as a cathartic experience to let your inner thoughts and emotions run wild, painting is one of the oldest and most respected hobbies. From George Washington to Johnny Depp, successful people around the world have tried their hand at it and found it to be a great creative outlet. Masked as mode of artistic expression, painting is also known to increase critical thinking skills and nurture a positive outlook toward life.

#6: Hiking


Hiking serves as a great way to spend quality time with family and friends. Exploring places and staying fit together gives you a break from the concrete jungle to reconnect with nature. Use it to get away from the gadget-laden stress of modern life and open your mind to new ideas and thought processes.

#7: Writing


Writing has been practiced as a therapeutic ritual around the world for years. In this digital age, the art of writing has evolved into the popular practice of blogging. Sometimes you can make a few bucks doing it, but more importantly, it's a time-honoured method of creative expression—it can help you face emotional issues and boost your self-esteem.

 #8: Dancing


Dance, in its many forms and styles, can go a long way in helping you relax and have a great weekend (or any other day for that matter). The magic of dance offers amazing health benefits, including improved flexibility, weight loss, and enhanced motor coordination skills. It is even prescribed as a form of therapy to people undergoing stress or trauma, proving its value as a great outlet for emotional expression.

#9: Baking


Baking is meant for those who wish to be more mindful, and relish the journey as much as the accomplishment of a goal. With health benefits ranging from stress relief to improving systematic thinking and patience, many successful people are trying their hand at the art of baking. Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, loves baking as her pastime and approaches it with the finesse of a scientist.

#10: Play sports


Aside from the obvious health benefits, people who engage in sports activities often are said to have better spatial and cognitive intelligence. It also fosters qualities such as leadership, dedication and team spirit.

Here are a few offbeat passions to pursue this weekend:

#1: Geocaching


Geocaching is a trending adventure activity in which participants use a GPS system or a mobile device to locate objects called 'geocaches' placed at specific locations by previous geocachers. Dubbed as 'modern day treasure hunting', geocaching is an amazing activity in which people solve tricky puzzles to uncover hidden objects kept in beautiful locales. The geocaches are all different, with caches including earth caches, virtual caches, night caches etc. Once found, the player is supposed to leave a souvenir for the next treasure hunter.

#2: DIY projects


DIY projects are a popular trend around the world. From making your own t-shirts to reusing plastic bottles, DIY projects present opportunities to express yourself creatively. Several websites and DIY communities post detailed guides and videos on the internet to fuel interest and provide guidance for your projects. Typically low-cost, DIY gives you a sense of satisfaction and achievement with little to no financial burden.

#3: Collecting things


From collecting stamps to figurines, and all of the knick-knacks in between, collecting is an evergreen interest to indulge in. From a young age, it fosters knowledge of the collected subjects, good observational skills, and social skills with fellow collectors. Collecting antiques or valuables can become a license to print money if you know what to look for. Celebrities like Tom Hanks and Angelina Jolie are passionate about collecting exquisite manual typewriters and daggers respectively.

#4: Calligraphy


The personalized touch that letters provide is endearing no matter who you are. Couple that with the art of calligraphy - to give your letters, thank-you notes, and invitations a unique touch. Calligraphy nurtures a sense of discipline and patience in us, hones concentration, and focuses us for long periods of time. The joy that your beautifully handwritten letter will bring to the recipient is indescribable.

 #5: Whittling


Whittling is the art of carving wood into useful objects using simple knives. Based on your choice of wood and the knives being used, the scope of creation is boundless. Your carvings can range from everyday objects like wooden spoons, bowls, cups, and walking sticks to ornamental sculptures like small wooden showpieces used to adorn your home. Folks across the globe find this passion to be therapeutic and practical. 

So make the most of your weekend to achieve optimum results in your workweek.

Have you got any other weekend activities that can supercharge your productivity at work?

Comment and share your thoughts about your favorite weekend activity with us.


10 Replies to 15 Weekend Activities to Help Increase Weekday Productivity

  1. This is indeed an amazing share. Yes, we all need some kind of activities apart from our routine job. The activities shared in this post is really worth following. Though I have been following some, many I do not, I need to give a try with some. I am bookmarking it here for my further reference. The connected links are really an added source to this post. Keep sharing! Have a great and Happy Weekend with lot of other activities.

    1. Hi Philip! Thanks for liking the post and also bookmarking it. All the best with the new activities that you intend on pursuing! :)

  2. It is great how doing different things help us to be in balance, which helps us in being more productive at work. It is like having less stress and using all that energy for what you need to. Thanks for this post, I came here thinking I was going to find out another list of task-to-do or not-to-do at work, I was a surprised with what I found. Thanks again :)

    1. Though, cooking is almost a survival skill any other day, venturing to try out new cuisines during the weekend is definitely a welcome change. Thanks Vijay for the suggestion.

  3. Hi Radhika! Happy to announce that this post is featured as one of the 10 Most Inspiring Productivity Articles from last week chosen by our team! Please find the entire list here: timecamp.com/blog/index.php/2016/10/productivity-articles-21016/ Ola Rybacka, Social Media Manager at TimeCamp

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