30 Responses to “How to Enjoy Your Weekend Like a Minimalist”

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  1. cathy ritter

    BEING IN THE MOMENT is a skill, that certainly needs to be praciticed; but when it is successful…how special that time is…!!!!!!!!!!

  2. My favorite relaxation is sitting in the garden reading with my husband, or scrapbooking family photos. As I get older and have less energy, these are becoming more important to me.

  3. Paula

    Marci,
    Very nice post! It’s so hard for me to relax on my weekends. I usually try to get every little thing i can’t do during my weeks on one day and it leaves me exhausted to start off my week. But this is just what i needed to hear! Great advice! “Slow down”, “Move and Rest”. would try that for sure!
    Thank you!
    PAULA

    • Thank you Paula, I do most of my cleaning and errands during the week, so I have at least one weekend day to go with the flow, unplug, and unwind. I think it’s harder if you work a full time job during the week. My a-ha moment was asking myself what i wanting to catch up on and when.

  4. Kicking a soccer ball with my two year old doesn’t exactly slow my body down (he’s fast!) but definitely slows my mind down. Outside in the garden, without my phone or computer, diary or kitchen calendar, I’ve nothing to do but give him my full attention and be in the moment.
    When I catch myself working in my head, I switch my focus back to him and slowly, gradually, I start to relax and enjoy our play time.
    His priorities are kicking, running, throwing, laughing, tickling and being with me. I just need to follow his example!

    • I have a 3 and 6 year old, and yes they are experts in being in the moment and enjoying the small things.I may be an example for them, but it’s mutual. I like to follow all that activity with a movie or nap, a special weekend treat.

  5. Marci – I love this! I’ve already planned to ‘Make Space’ ‘Slow Down’ and ‘Create’ so I’m on the right track.

    My typical must-have on the weekend is to try and schedule one day with no to-do’s. It’s important for my balance to let go, rest, and reflect on life. Otherwise I feel frazzled!

    Great addition to BMWL. Hope you have a relaxing long weekend!

    Best,
    Amanda

    • Amanda, Thank you for the warm greetings. I’m honored to be here.

      No to-do’s sounds like a great way to relax. For me, turning off the computer hides my to-do’s and time traps. That, and not over-scheduling my kids in loads of activities. This weekend, I have nature and family scheduled, so looking forward to it.

  6. I totally agree! I’ve begun what seems “retro” to so many people now & have a “day of rest”. For me, this generally is more easily accomplished on a Sunday, when there are no school commitments, no extra-curriculars, and I do as you suggest, too, and get all the housework & errands done beforehand.

    Though it took some getting used to (and even reminding myself not to do work), I sooo look forward to my Sundays now :)

    • It does seem out of the norm, but worth it to me to make the habit stick. I have little mental reminders too to slow down and unplug. I think it’s a day for me to just be, more than do. You sound like you’ve found the perfect day for you to just be too. Enjoy!

  7. Work hard, play hard. Yes, hubby and I try to play hard. We walk the 4 mile boardwalk at Long Beach, NY, just about every Sunday morning and then go out for our favorite blueberry pancakes. We also love to ride our bikes in Central Park around the 6 mile loop through the entire park. Hopefully doing that this Sunday. And since Saturday is our Sabbath which we observe as a day of rest, it’s a day of complete ‘unplugging’. It’s a day for prayer, leisurely walks, reading, and total relaxation on the home front.

    • Harriet, Your description of the Sabbath sounds lovely. A day of activity and a day of rest to reconnect and recharge. Do you get most of your mundane tasks, errands, chores done during the week to have this amazing weekend?

  8. I am loving your blog.. I am trying to learn the art of relaxing and it is a HARD HARD thing to do, letting go of DOING and just BEING. I work an odd schedule so I am off on Sundays & Tuesdays. Tuesdays I spend creating art (greeting cards, which I sell in 2 local markets) so that is still really kind of a “work day” for me. Sundays I schedule NOTHING. I liveo n the MS Gulf Coast so I spend my some time on the beach (sometimes I make the sunrise, usually the sunset tho). I take a book and a camera… I wade in the surf and watch the stingrays play tag… I watch pelicans fly in formation to the wharf when the fishers come in… I watch seagulls ebb & flow across the beach… and then I try to NOT feel guilty because I “DID” nothing all day long. Progress, not perfection.

  9. Shruthi

    Great blog! Profound, but put in such a simple & elegant way. I am a total believer in trying to do the chores (groceries, cleaning etc.) during the weekdays and having the weekend off. My husband and I reserve one day for hanging out with friends and the other (at least the morning & afternoon) for ourselves doing nothing. The “do-nothing” day starts off late (‘cuz we sleep in) with a cup of coffee and a long chat about anything and everything under the sun with no specific decision/goal to reach! I continually discover new things about myself and my husband in these chat sessions. Very relaxing and rejuvenating. It’s a spa day for the mind :-)

  10. Great post! Weekends tend to be full of busyness instead of rest and relaxation. Thanks for the reminders! I just posted a holiday weekend post with some tips, on a little different level- Strategies for a holiday weekend.
    Bernice

    • Thank you for sharing your post. There have been a lot of tornadoes in Missouri lately with quite a lot of loss and devastation. So, this holiday weekend is quite a powerful reminder to remember what we have and be grateful for the life and loved ones we have with us.

  11. Nice article.

    I strongly believe slowing down is vital both to creating a more enjoyable lives, and also for the world – as we need to break cycles of production and consumption . . . but I find it a struggle personally. I’m far too much of a sleep-deprived workaholic for my own good, and the idea of a technology fast is my worst nightmare! This is obviously something I’m going to have to tackle at some point soon :)

    Saw a very thought provoking TED talk about work-life balance recently : http://bit.ly/lHuQpi

    -STEVE-
    http://www.nextstarfish.com

  12. This post is a great reminder for me. I love my to-do lists and feelings of accomplishment, but it was quite a wake up call when one of my son’s added playing with him to my list. I’m good at the work part, still learning on the play part.

  13. I stumbled upon your article when I Googled “unplugging from technology” – or something like that. I find it so easy to be swept up in work activities that it is very difficult for me to even schedule time for myself to unplug. Your article is perfect in a world full of “busy” – thank you.

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