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WHAT TO DO ON THE WEEKENDS SO YOU GET MORE OUT OF YOUR WEEK

I know it’s Monday, but I decided to publish this post today so you can follow some of these tips and prepare yourself for the weekend and get the most out of it – enjoy!

In order to get a perfect work or study week, I have learned that your weekends need to feel slightly different from your weekdays. I think it’s important to actually take some time off and do something different and fun when you can – even though if you have a lot to do! I have written a little list down below on how you can get the most out of your weekends, so you feel content and prepared for Monday when it comes.

PLAN IT OUT

In today’s distracted world, no weekend plan likely means you’ll end up mindlessly watching TV or browsing the internet.. Make sure to plan your weekend a few days ahead so you actually feel like you get something out of the days you have off from work. Planning also lets you savor the joy of anticipating something fun, and we all know it’s easier to be productive when we know we are doing something fun later!

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MAXIMIZE YOUR MORNINGS

A typical weekend morning often consist of sleeping in followed by a long and relaxing breakfast. It’s nothing wrong with that, but if you want to be productive or you are currently working on a personal pursuits, like training for a marathon – why not wake up early and get over with it so you can spend the rest of your day with your friends and family?

CREATE TRADITIONS

The happiest people often have special activities they do together with friends or family that don’t require special planning – Friday pizza night with your family, Saturday walk with a friend or Sunday morning pancakes with your boyfriend/girlfriend. I love traditions like this because it’s so effortless, but you still end up having a really good time!

COMPRESS CHORES

I know what you are thinking: When else am I supposed to get errands done? Well, you can still do them, but don’t let them take over your whole weekend. Give yourself an hour or two to do what you absolutely have to. Giving yourself a little “window” makes you more motivated to get chores done quickly so you can move on to the fun things – YAY!

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CUT DOWN ON TECH

I’m a firm believer that it’s good with a little “technology Sabbath”. You probably spend enough time looking into a screen at work or while studying anyway.. Most of the time we spend on our phones and computers actually don’t give us anything at all – we are just killing time. When you put your phone and computer away, you suddenly get so much more time to do other things that you actually will remember!

DO SOMETHING FUN SUNDAY NIGHT

Have you ever experienced those Sunday night blues? If so – you’re not alone! To avoid feeling down, make sure to plan something fun! This extends the weekend and keeps you focused on the fun to come, rather than on Monday morning. One of my favorite things to do on a Sunday night, is to gather a few friends together for dinner, some casual drinks or movie night – I mean, since people usually are free on Sunday night anyway..

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Never Do These 3 Things

I don’t know what your biggest dream is or what you’re currently going through, but I know three things for sure that you can apply to all aspects of your life. I can guarantee you that someone has already told you everything I have written in this post before, but I think it’s important with a little reminder now and then. So here’s a great reminder of three things to never do in life.

Enjoy!

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1. Never Give Up

If you truly want something, there is always a way. Some days will be tough, and you will most likely feel like quitting at least once, but that doesn’t mean that you should give up. I like to think that nothing is going to change unless it hurts a little. No matter what it is – change is painful! Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that is true strength. Remember that the temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.

2. Never Lose Hope

Just because your past didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to, doesn’t mean that your future can’t be better than you ever imagined. Sometimes we feel like everything is fighting against us, we lose hope and it might be hard to see why you started your journey in the first place. I think the key to never lose hope, is to remind yourself EVERYDAY exactly “why” you want to reach you goal.

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3. Never Stop Trying

You haven’t lost before you stop trying! When I was about 8 years old, I owned a pony that threw me off almost every single time I was riding it (I’m actually not exaggerating..). I had it for about two years and I was riding it almost every day – so yeah, it’s fair to say that I have tasted sand MANY, MANY times. But did I give up? Hell no! I got back into the saddle every single time, and you know what? A few years later I became one of the best equestrians in Norway. The moral of my little story is that sometimes your goals might seem unrealistic, but that shouldn’t be reason enough for you to stop trying. If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it – after a while, your goal might not seems as unrealistic as you first thought when you started out!

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How To Spark Your Creative Genius and Succeed as a Blogger

To become a successful blogger, creativity is key. Even though it might sound cheesy, blogging is all about creating something that enrich your reader’s life. You have to create content of value. That being said, that doesn’t mean that you have to offer your readers discounts at the end of each post or arrange expensive giveaways. I want you to focus on making your readers feel something. Make them smile, laugh or learn something – if you manage to do that, I can guarantee you that they will come back for more!

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I feel like many people believe that you have to be born creative, but that is simply not true. Everyone can be creative, but you have to practice and nourish your imagination. The brain is a funny thing and it becomes lazy if you don’t train it. Lately, I have been working towards becoming more creative myself, and in the process I have learned 10 different methods you can use to spark your creative genius. Since I live by the motto: “secrets are boring, let’s share what we know with each other”, I decided that I wanted to share my methods with you.

..Shall we?

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  1. Write Down 10 Ideas While You Eat Breakfast
    This is a genius way to kick start your brain in the morning! Just write down the first ideas that you can come up with. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s an idea. Sometimes the ideas might come to you right away, but it’s not unusual to struggle after the four first. They key is to push your brain the extra mile and don’t give up before you have 10 different ideas written down on the paper in front of you.

 

  1. Write Morning Pages
    This point is somewhat similar to the first one, but here it’s all about writing everything that crosses your mind while you’re sitting in front of the computer. This is called “brain-dumping” and works as a “lasting creative awakening”.

 

  1. Explore the Unknown
    It can be hard to think out of the box if you do the same things at the same time every day. Try something new, something out of your comfort zone. When we take ourselves out of our comfort zone and push through our fears, we liberate ourselves, gain new perspectives and expand our creative minds.

 

  1. Keep an Idea Book
    .. and carry it with you wherever you go! Sometimes the best ideas might come to you at the weirdest places and we tend to forget them if we don’t write them down.

 

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  1. Create a Vision Board
    A vision board is a place where you put pictures and text that represent who you are or who you want to be. Hang your vision board in your office, by your bed or somewhere else where you spend time frequently. The key is to take a quick glance at it when you feel lack of motivation or feel like you need something to keep you focused.

 

  1. Exercise Your Imagination
    Visualization and imagination is the source of everything that has ever been created. The more we visualize something we want to create, the more likely it’s to be created – easy as that!

 

  1. Write, Write, Write and Don’t Judge!
    The biggest enemy of creativity is self-doubt. We tend to judge everything we do before we even do it. Try to write non-stop without backspacing anything. It might not turn out to be something great, but it relaxes your mind and makes the ideas flow more frequently.

 

  1. Don’t Be a Perfectionist
    It’s great to have the intention of doing everything hundred percent, but if you are focusing too much on the small details, you might get stuck. Give your mind a break and focus on the details later!

 

  1. Daydream… And Then Get Back to Work!
    This is probably my favorite tips because I’m such a big day dreamer, but don’t use this as an excuse to get away from work. Take your time, but don’t spend all day daydreaming..

 

  1. Embrace Something Absurd
    Good ideas might seem weird at first, but don’t be afraid to embrace them! I have a rule when I’m in the problem solving process and that is to write down everything. Nothing is too weird to be written down!

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