Without the usual time markers, the days begin to merge into each other. No problem if you're on a tropical island somewhere. But when you are at home, like many people who have survived the pandemic, Tuesdays and Saturdays can lead to inefficient work hours, housework, and anxiety. You don't do much, but you don't feel relaxed either.
Fortunately, there are ways to make the weekend younger, even when you're at a distance.
As in the busy seasons, the main thing is to think about the weekend in advance. Think about what activities you and your family would like to do, think about when it might happen, and then plan less fun activities to take your day off.
Even the best weekends usually include doing laundry and vacuuming. You may also need to make up for lost time at work, especially if home schooling and childcare reduced your work days during the week. But you can keep all kinds of work under control with a special window. For example, check your emails for an hour on Saturday morning and after 8:00 pm on Sunday. You can have a family bombing tournament for a couple of hours after lunch and before you watch a movie together. A short period of time makes it easier to set priorities. It can also help you relax when you do fun things.
Plan ahead for these fun things, too. On Wednesday or Thursday, talk to your family about what they would like to do this weekend. Think about your own ideas. There may be a place where you can walk or bike while you're away or in a neighborhood that you'd like to walk. Other quarantine related activities include board games, movie marathons, virtual meetings with friends and family, virtual worship services, a backyard fire, or cooking and baking projects.
Also, think about what you will enjoy personally: reading books, taking a bath, spending time on crafts, gardening, or hobbies. Choose a handful of activities to do and leave the rest for the next weekend.
Then take care of the logistics. Check your weather applications. A walk is best done in good weather, but you'll probably want to start early to avoid running into too many other families with the same idea; on the other hand, your cookies are extravagant, more suited to a rainy day. If you have a co-parent, find out when you can switch places so each of you can fit in at some personal time. By making this arrangement in advance, adults can anticipate how much fun they will have and reduce their mass dissatisfaction. If you need any items, add them to your product list (or place an order for delivery).
Once you have a rough plan, just execute it. It may be easier said than done, since weekends make you want to eat your vegetables. But I find it helpful to repeat this mantra: Do it anyway. If on Wednesday you thought the walk would be fun, then on Saturday you'll probably like it as soon as you leave - and after that you'll be glad you did.
Consider your happy future when your current self starts grumbling about how comfortable it will be to watch Netflix.