How to Best Use Your Personal Day Off

No matter how much you love your job, having a personal day off is still one of life’s little blessings. Here’s the thing, though: Many of us have probably experienced a day off not living up to its expectations – leading us to return to work feeling like we need more days off! Let’s look at some of the best ways to use a personal day off so you return to work feeling recharged.

Knock Out Errands First

There’s a chance you have some errands that have to get done on your day off. Our best recommendation is to get these tasks out of the way by designating a certain block of time for them in the morning.

Take Time to Move

Do you love hiking or swimming but never feel like you have the time? Not only is it a great idea to get your body moving on your day off, but it’s even better to participate in an activity you enjoy.

Recharge How You Need To

Some people feel recharged after spending time with friends, while others prefer to curl up with a book and a cup of tea. Make sure your day off consists of the people and settings most conducive to how you recharge – and don’t let others pressure you into doing something else.

Interested in Attending a Class or Workshop?

A day off means you can finally take that ceramics workshop or Italian cooking class you’ve had your eyes on.

Prepare for the Next Day

Okay, this isn’t the most fun thing to do on a day off, but you’ll likely be happy you did it! This could look like fixing a healthy brown-bag lunch, laying out your clothes, or whatever else will make the next day run a little smoother.

Take a Nap

Seriously, even a 20- to 30-minute nap can do wonders! So go ahead. You deserve it.


Maybe you have a store-everything closet or cluttered kitchen drawers. If a part of your home could use some decluttering, tackle that on your day off.

Schedule Some YOU Time

Mani/pedi, massage, haircut, shopping…do something that will make you feel a little spoiled. It’s YOUR day off, after all!

Get to Know Your City

Pretend to be a tourist in your city by going to a museum, walking through a historical neighborhood, or visiting a unique attraction. To save a few bucks, check out Groupon for local deals.

Limit Caffeine and Alcohol

On your day off, it’s tempting to reach for a third cup of coffee – or take bottomless mimosas a little too seriously at brunch. But remember that these things are only good in moderation, and overindulging will ultimately make you feel worse.

How do you use your personal day off? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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