Back in March, we were all sort of, forced into time off work due to COVID-19. My boyfriend, who works in one of the busiest places in London, was off work for around 3 months and don’t get me STARTED on how dead my inbox was for a while. COVID-19 was NOT the time for freelancers, was it? Now we’re all getting back to the daily grind and back to our semi-normal schedules, you’ll want to be making the most of it and finding new things to do on your day off.
I work from home and I’m self employed, so for me, there’s quite a blurry line between my working days and my time off work as I’m in the same environment for most of my life. I’ve always been one to struggle when I’m not working through a to-do list of work related tasks as I find all that free time a bit…
A bit like how sometimes you’ll go on Netflix and all the choice is overwhelming, so you don’t end up watching anything. That would be me on my day off.
There’s obviously no right or wrong way to spend a day off. And aside from the unavoidable boring things to do on your day off (like putting the bins out and stocking up on milk), it’s also a great chance to play around with your personal growth, try some new things or help you re-charge.
Need help utilizing your time off work? Here are 10 things to do on your day off!
Why not start that new hobby you’ve been thinking about?
Thinking about writing a book? Want to start a vegetable garden? Pottery? Well your day off is the perfect time to get stuck in. If you don’t do it now, you never will because you’ll be back to work before you know it. Set yourself a goal to make the first step into starting that new hobby on your next day off. Whether that’s visiting the library for some more information, researching online or just biting the bullet and starting! Starting is always the hardest part.
Spend your day off de-cluttering your space
Of all of the points I’ve mentioned here, this is the one that I’m the most likely to do. I love a de-clutter. Like I love it an ODD amount. If de-cluttering doesn’t come as naturally to you, here’s a handy list of things to de-clutter, categorized by room, to make that sometimes overwhelming task a bit more managable!
Try volunteering for a cause you’re passionate about
If like me, you enjoy being go, go, go all the time, then this could be a great option for you. I know it’s your day off from work BUT volunteering is so rewarding and benefit, for both you and your mental health and the person or charity you’re volunteering for. In my neck of the woods, we have Hopefield Animal Sanctuary – an incredible place that takes care of ill or abandoned animals. I’d love to volunteer there one day!
Get outside and spend some time in nature
And if that’s not an option, at least just don’t spend the entire day stuck in the same four walls. Which you probably end up doing a lot of the week if you work in any type of building! Spend some time in your garden, at the local park or even a National Trust Site if there’s one near you. As Laverne from The Hunchback of Notré Dame says:
“Nobody wants to stay cooped up here forever.”
Hit up some local small businesses and charity shops on your day off
Although I’m having a year of sustainable fashion and would advise against aimlessly throwing your money at fast fashion retailers, I think it’s super important to support small businesses and charity shops. So perhaps on your next day off, set yourself a budget and a to-buy list and see what you can pick up in thrift stores! Then finish off the day at a small, family-run café!
Organize a full-on self care day
I can imagine this will be a popular choice but what better time to have a full-blown self care day that your day off? Heck, you deserve it! Think long bubble baths, face masks and all your best creams and oils. If you can, perhaps book a nail or hair appointment. Or even head to a spa! Go wild!
Get those boring jobs done that need doing pronto
Okay back down to Earth, you might have no choice but to FINALLY get those boring ass jobs done on your day off. The grocery shop. The tax return. The visit to the bank. Those jobs you don’t really have time for on your work days. I’d hate to spend a WHOLE DAY OFF doing these jobs so perhaps get up a little earlier than usual and get them done before lunchtime, so the rest of the day is free!
Experiment in the kitchen
During my time in isolation (that sounds ridiculous to say but hey-yo, 2020!) I found myself experimenting loads in the kitchen – particularly for breakfast and dinner. I tried to re-create the bacon and honey pancakes I had at The Ferry House Inn restaurant, as well as throwing some things together for dinner. So on your next day off, instead of immediately reaching for the takeaway menu, why don’t you try some experimenting? Check out this page for some amazing kitchen gadgets!
Have a start to finish game day
If you have no other responsibilities for your day off and have an entirely free day to do whatever the heck you want with… this is a great option. Completely useless. Completely un-productive. Complete waste of time. But fun. And we ALL need a bit of fun in our lives. Dig out the old board games, the old video games, invite friends over for a games night – stay in your PJ’s, order a takeaway and immersive yourself in fake universes and made up lands.
The Lord of the Rings movie marathon and a takeaway
And to finish off the list, just for lols, you can’t go wrong with a marathon of The Lord of the Rings on any day. That’s exactly what Carl and I did when we headed to Pod Hollow last year! If The Lord of the Rings isn’t your cup of tea, there’s plenty of other long-ass series to choose from!
How do you like to spend your day off? Will you be trying any of these points I’ve mentioned on your next day off? Let me know and share some ideas of your own!
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