Weekend to-do lists

I structure my to-do lists a little differently on the weekends than I do during the week.

On weekdays, I usually have fewer critical items on my daily to-do list because my time is limited. I may only have 15 minutes here or 30 minutes there during a normal weekday to tackle my to-do list.

Between my commute, 8 hours of work, and going to bed at a reasonable hour, I consider it a successful day if I get just a couple of important activities done (e.g., a workout and a piece of writing).

During the weekend, I generally have more time. I might have a total of 8–10 free hours over the course of the weekend. I can use this time to knock out a few things on my to-do list or work on some longer, more involved projects.

So, instead of having a daily to-do list, I make myself an entire “weekend to-do list” with everything I want to get done between Friday evening and Sunday night.

This will be a lot longer than my typical daily to-do list because it includes my usual daily items like writing and exercise, but also chores like laundry and other weekend projects.

This works because I have more flexibility with my time during the weekends.

Depending on what I have going on, I may spread my tasks out throughout the weekend, or batch them all into one 3–4 hour “productivity session” first thing in the morning before social activities with friends and family take over.

I’ve found these early morning productivity sessions work really well for me. As long as I’m free, I try get out of the house and go somewhere like Dunkin’ Donuts with my laptop and just crush my to-do list there.

How do you use your weekends to stay productive? Leave a comment and let me know.

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