9 Ways to Optimize Your Weekends

By Kerry Weiss
Reviewed by Susan Ko, Ph.D.
February 03, 2023

Why does the weekend seem to take ages to arrive but fly by in a flash? Between running errands, socializing, and entertaining, there's barely enough time to rest. But there are steps you can take to make the most of your precious days off.

Whether you want to be productive, relax, or a mix of both, these steps can set you on the right path.

1. Set Your Alarm

It may sound counterintuitive, but sticking to your weekday sleep-wake schedule can actually lead to better weekends. "Maintaining a regular sleep cycle, in terms of the amount of sleep you’re getting nightly and your falling-asleep and waking-up times, is best for your well‑being," says Larry Marks, Ph.D., staff psychologist at University of Central Florida Counseling and Psychological Services, in Orlando.