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May 23, 2008

Rock Your Weekend: 60 Minutes That Really Matter

Life goes by fast.  And based on the huge response to the recent articles about doing what matters (and doing it before it’s too late), it’s clear that the pace of life can easily run you ragged.  And when I announced my weekend challenge on Twitter a few weeks ago, I received no shortage of responses.

So now I’m bringing the challenge to all my readers here.

How To Rock Your Weekend In Just 60 Minutes

You have 48 beautiful hours awaiting you (72 if you’re taking a Memorial Day weekend in the States), and here’s what I’m challenging you to do:

  • Spend 30 minutes each day of your weekend doing something you’ve been putting off (but that would really add value to your life and make you happier).

That’s it.  But when I say “something you’re putting off,” I’m not talking chores, or around-the-house projects, or things that you feel that you have to do.  I’m talking about the things that add meaning to your life that have fallen on the back burner because you’re so damned busy.

Maybe it’s picking up that guitar for a few minutes and dusting it off.  Maybe it’s wrestling with your kids or enjoying some quality Lego time.  Maybe it’s reading a book, or soaking in the tub, or taking a walk in the woods.  Whatever it is, make it something that’s meaningful.  Something that takes you away from the stress of your week, lets you live a little bit, and lets you enter the next week without feeling like life’s getting away from you. Don’t wait until life slows down to enjoy it.  Enjoy it now.

The Benefits of Rocking Your Weekend

Rocking your weekend with this 2x 30-minute a day challenge has it’s benefits.

  • You’ll feel hella good at finally doing something enjoyable you’ve been putting off.
  • You’ll start to see that it’s not so hard after all to fit in time for yourself and others.
  • You’ll feel the urge to make this a habit.

Imagine that – breaking away from the feeling that life’s too busy and realizing that getting balanced even when you’re busy isn’t an impossible task.  It’s within your grasp if you’re willing to be patient.

How To Rock Your Weekend Right Now

Thinking “I should do this” isn’t enough – you need to take a little bit of action before Friday is over to prime the pump for some weekend follow-through.  So here’s what I suggest you do to max out your chances of making this a weekend that truly rocks:

  • Leave a comment below telling us what you’re going to do with your 2 30-minute blocks this weekend (subscribe to comments b/c I’ll be following up on Tuesday!)
  • Spread the word via some link love, tweets, or Stumbles
  • Follow me on Twitter & I’ll give you a weekend shout-out to kick you in gear :-)

Looking forward to seeing how this weekend’s challenge goes & how you make this upcoming weekend one to remember.  You only live once, so don’t blow it!  See you in the comments -


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17 Responses to “Rock Your Weekend: 60 Minutes That Really Matter”

  • May 23, 2008 Michelle DeRepentigny

    30 minutes Saturday morning checking out our new Farmers Market, featuring local substainable farming practices, I’ve been wanting to go, but always busy showing houses on Saturdays.

    30 minutes Sunday evening listening to my husband instead of talking “at him” because of your challenge, he is now blocked in my calendar in INK .

  • May 23, 2008 Tei - Rogue Ink

    Ooh. Can I spend the whole hour tearing up that miserably ugly carpet in my living room?

    Oh, no, wait. I’m not at home.


    I guess I’ll have to finish writing my website copy then . . . :)

    Tei – Rogue Ink’s last blog post..War on English: Bad Copywriters

  • May 23, 2008 Matt Tuley, Laptop for Hire

    This is a great idea. Manageable chunks and accountability all in one.

    I will spend 30 minutes starting a drawing of my new son too match the ones for his sisters.

    I will spend 30 minutes flying a kite with my daughters, if the weather allows. Otherwise, painting with oldest girl. I’ll aim for both!

    Matt Tuley, Laptop for Hire’s last blog post..Graph geekery and an amazing baseball clip on Casual Friday!

  • May 23, 2008 Brett Legree

    Tonight, after I run, I’m going to spend 30 minutes (at least, because it will end up being longer) sitting outside, with a fire and a glass of wine. I’m about to go running now, so it will be a late fire.

    Tomorrow, I’ll do the same thing, minus the running.

    Brett Legree’s last blog fridays – a friend’s fire.

  • May 23, 2008 Daniel Smith

    Great idea Dave – here’s mine: 60 minutes ACTUALLY working on that novel…

    Daniel Smith’s last blog post..Twitter Needs Groups (But It Doesn’t Have Them, So I Took Matters Into My Own Hands) [Updated With New Info 05/23/08]

  • May 23, 2008 Kelly


    I had in mind running up to visit my parents for the weekend, at least a half an hour of that’s always fun… but I seem to have overbooked myself for the work-end, so we stay home. Instead, I told my daughter we’d do some dollhouse work tomorrow and go to the Art Museum on Sunday. That was before you tried to kick my butt! :P

    Oh, and I am having a lovely glass of cognac right now, which I do so infrequently I had to dust before I could pour. That’s just-for-me time.

    Great post.



    Kelly’s last blog post..Building an Empire on Resentment

  • May 23, 2008 VeRonda

    Oh my gosh! Thank you. You are right there, man. Life is so crazy and we just go and go and go without taking a breather. I made a point to get a massage once every month because I had seriously built up an enormous amount of stress. And, it’s not worth it. Thank you for the challenge. Wow!

    VeRonda’s last blog post..The Remote… and Everything Else

  • May 25, 2008 Sandy Naidu

    I am reading this Monday and my weekend has already passed…But I took a long overdue walk this weekend…

    Sandy Naidu’s last blog post..Unique Aromatherapy Gifts For Babies And Mums – Meet Catherine Cervasio Of Aromababy

  • May 26, 2008 Steph

    I loved this post and so often need to be reminded to do this! (I subscribed. I’m depending on you to kick my ass when I need reminding!) I’m the type of person who won’t relax until everything’s done. Of course, this means I rarely have any down time. This weekend I had to spend all day Saturday at my in-laws’ because it was expected of me. Because I had to meet a deadline today, I worked eleven hours straight yesterday.

    So I chose today as my weekend. Perhaps even the rest of the week. So far I’ve read, walked, and written my first little piece of fiction in about twelve or so years. I feel rejuvenated already.

    Thanks for this!

  • May 27, 2008 Dave Navarro

    Hope everybody had a great weekend.


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  • May 27, 2008 Kelly


    I’d almost forgotten you’d be back for results.

    Much, much work was done, broken up very nicely by rocking the weekend.

    Painting, instead of dollhouse, with daughter. Museum on Monday, instead of Sunday, which turned out perfectly as there was no one left in the big city, so we had no traffic, no parking issues, which meant more time having fun and less time spent in frustration. Seven glorious hours among my friends Picasso et al., which said daughter enjoyed enormously.

    She had school off today also, so I was working from home. To break the day up with quality kid time, we went to a little shoppe (you know the kind with the “e” on the end) and had ice cream sundaes.

    I’m feeling about a pound heavier, yet very balanced. :)

    Ooh, and how did you rock this weekend?



    Kelly’s last blog post..Giving the Cow Away, but the Milk’s Not Free!

  • May 27, 2008 Brett Legree


    As promised, I had the fires – and the wine. I’ll do the same again this week. What a great way to spend some time with my thoughts…

    Brett Legree’s last blog post..practice what you preach.

  • May 29, 2008 Steph

    @Brett: I wish we could have real fires in town like the ones you have! Talk about productive!

    Steph’s last blog post..let me explain

  • May 29, 2008 Brett Legree


    It is nice, I agree. I’m going to have one at my house tonight with a couple of friends, actually. This is a great time of year for it, though my favourite time is around Halloween :)

    (the not-so-closet pagan in me)

    Brett Legree’s last blog to switch – part 1.

  • May 30, 2008 Michelle DeRepentigny

    Whoo Hoo, I managed to get all my work done, visit the Farmer’s Market and get great photos & info for an upcoming blog post; spent MORE than 30 minutes listening to my husband – which led to us taking all day Monday off and heading for the lake with the boat and 1 of our kids and his girlfriend for some super special family time! Came back recharged and am having a great week!

  • May 26, 2010 Erica

    I’m going to spend 30 minutes journaling. I never seem to get around to it.

    I’ll spend another 30 minutes painting my fingernails.

    And since it’s Memorial Day weekend, I’ll spend 30 minutes listening to an audiobook.
    Erica´s last blog ..Good Reads – May 26, 2010 My ComLuv Profile


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