If youâre one of the lucky people facing a three-day weekend thanks to Monday being MLK day, this is a post for you. And honestly, who doesnât love a long weekend? But that being said, my long weekends almost always fall into one of two categories: a) a beloved mini-vacation or b) three days spent blissfully on the couch while getting nothing accomplished.
Thatâs not to say Iâm not a fan of getting nothing accomplished. I am all for spending hours on the couch rewatchingÂ Gilmore GirlsÂ for the 17th time. But I hate getting to the end of a Sunday and feeling like I did absolutely nothing the entire weekendâ¦and feeling that way at the end of a gifted free Monday feels even worse. So, to help myself (and you!) get a few things done on this blessed long weekend so I can enjoy my time off sans guilt, Iâve compiled this list of 10-minute-or-less tasks that can help anyone feel a little more productive.
1. Think of the one major home project youÂ keep meaning to do andÂ keepÂ putting off. (For me, itâs spray-painting our white Kitchenaid stand mixer.) Donât worry about doing it this weekend, but pick a date in the near-ish future andÂ put it on your calendar.Â Sometimes, the farther out you plan something, the more it feels like a ârealâ plan â and the more likely you are to actually get it done.
2. Take inventory of the cleaning products youâre low on, and put in an online order for them on Amazon/Target/Brandless/etc.
3. Take everything out of your medicine cabinet. Wipe down the mirror and shelves, then put everything back.
4. Write down everything you need to get together before filing your taxes. Leave it somewhere youâre sure to find it again, like tucked into the first February page of your planner. Then, once itâs time to file, youâll know everything youâre looking for.
5. Go through your most recent credit card statement (regardless of whether youâve already paid it) and highlight every recurring monthly charge. Consider whether youâre actually getting value from each of these each month.
6. Sign up for an app like Trim to unsubscribe you from memberships that are (at least potentially) wasting your money.
7. Change out of your pajamas, and actually put them in the laundry hamper. Even if youâre going to spend a whole snowy weekend day inside, at least change into a clean pair of underwear and a T-shirt.
8. Paint your nails a color that always makes you feel super put-together.
9. Take at least five books off of your shelves that you know youâve never read and have no interest in ever reading. Put them in a tote bag and place it right by your front door so that you donât forget to take them to donate next time you leave the house.
10. Better yet, start reading a book on your shelf that youâve always been meaning to read. Just promise yourself youâll stick with it for 10 minutes. Chances are, youâll be interested enough to keep reading a little longer â and youâll feel good working your brain for just a little bit.
11. Throw away all the junk accumulating on your fridge or bulletin board â save the dates for weddings that have already happened, coupons that are expired or that you know youâll never use, takeout menus you never order from, magnets that are too weak to hold anything.
12. Throw out every single expired condiment in your refrigerator door.
13. Clean your toilet bowl and wipe down all of the surfaces in your bathroom. Even if itâs something you do regularly (which, I hope it is), it neverÂ doesnât feel good to do.
14. Give all of your makeup brushes a good wash. (Yep, shampoo those babies up.)
15. Pick a couple of meals you want to make later in the week, and go ahead and make a grocery list for them. Bonus points if you pick recipes with overlapping ingredients so you can stretch your dollars a little further.
16. Use some good old-fashioned white vinegar and give your coffee maker a thorough (and likely MUCH needed) clean.
17. Do some stretches. Instead of promising youâll get to a yoga class, go for a run, or do some other time-consuming activity you may not do on a regular basis, focus on one accessible active thing youÂ canÂ do, especially on a lazy weekend when youâre not leaving the house much.
18. Write out your to-do list for Tuesday morning. Getting back into the swing of things at work is always tough after an extra day away, so make it easier on yourself by simply having your dayâs list ready to go.
19. Journal for 10 minutes. If youâre anything like me, this is one of those things you always promise yourself youâll do more of â so just do it now, even if only for a bit.
20. Clean out your desk drawers. Throw out pens that are out of ink, pencils with no eraser left, papers you donât need, old post-its that arenât even sticky.