How to have a meaningful weekend as a programmer?

Human life is a precious incarnation. Being born has a probability of about one in 400 trillion. So trust me you are special and you should try to get the most out of your life. Living with the scarcity of sunlight, dry eyes, back pain, imposter syndro…

Human life is a precious incarnation. Being born has a probability of about one in 400 trillion. So trust me you are special and you should try to get the most out of your life. Living with the scarcity of sunlight, dry eyes, back pain, imposter syndrome, anxiety, and depression is not what you want as a side effect of being a programmer. I want to share some of my tips to have a beautiful weekend.

Most probably you are reading this post because you also want to make your weekends meaningful and memorable. Of course, having a meaningful and productive weekend is a subjective thing for different people of different age groups. For some, it might be getting a travel experience or reading a book or watching a movie or working on a side hustle, or just doing nothing. But for some, it might be having family time as well.

No matter in what stage of life you are now, you should try to have a wonderful weekend. Just like everything in life, it doesn't happen without taking any action. To take an action, you need to take a break for some time from your career and retrospect your life as a whole and brainstorm what you want out of your life.

The hack is to allocate one weekend for yourself. Think about what you want to do in your life. Think about if life is going in the direction you wanted or not. Think about what matters most to you at the current stage of your life. Is it a relationship? Is it traveling? Is it acquiring knowledge? Is it working on your hobby project? Is it cooking?

Once you have that idea in mind, the next step is to make an actionable plan that could be carried out in 1, 2, 3, and 5 days. Of course! They are Fibonacci numbers. I am picking those because they are also used for task estimations. After picking the task and weights, use google calendar or something similar to mark dates. Execute your weekends and leaves for those plans. And that's all.

So what is the advantage of doing this?

Since the weekends are short and come after a long tiring week, sometimes we don't have any energy left to plan our weekends. Another advantage is that if we plan ahead, it would be easier to make group plans.

Depending on the current situation of the pandemic in the place you are living, please follow the safety precautions too.

Here are a few things you can try if you have nothing to do this weekend:

0. Explore a park you have never been to before
1. Pull a harmless prank on one of your friends
2. Start a collection
3. Go for a run
4. Take your dog on a walk
5. Write a note of appreciation to someone
6. Learn woodworking
7. Do something you used to do as a kid
8. Create and follow a savings plan
9. Learn how to use a french press
10. Organize a bookshelf
11. Improve your touch typing
12. Volunteer at your local food bank
13. Learn how to use a french press
14. Learn how to make an Alexa skill
15. Try a food you don't like
16. Organize a bookshelf
17. Study a foreign language
18. Surprise your significant other with something considerate
19. Go for a walk
20. Learn Kotlin
21. Learn how to play a new sport
22. Go to a concert with some friends
23. Create a compost pile
24. Wash your car
25. Learn GraphQL
26. Volunteer and help out at a senior center
27. Go on a fishing trip with some friends
28. Draw and color a Mandala
29. Clean out your refrigerator
30. Go for a run
31. Find a DIY to do
32. Volunteer at your local food pantry
33. Start a garden
34. Look at your finances and find one way to save money
35. Hold a yard sale
36. Go see a Broadway production
37. Meditate for five minutes
38. Make a to-do list for your week
39. Start a band
40. Start a daily journal
41. Go swimming with a friend
42. Take your dog on a walk
43. Learn Javascript
44. Write a song
45. Give your pet ten minutes of focused attention
46. Have a jam session with your friends
47. Learn calligraphy
48. Memorize a favorite quote or poem
49. Organize a cluttered drawer
50. Learn a new recipe
51. Go for a walk
52. Volunteer at your local food pantry
53. Match your storage containers with their lids
54. Think of a new business idea
55. Plan a trip to another country
56. Read a formal research paper on an interesting subject
57. Create a compost pile
58. Start a book you've never gotten around to reading
59. Start a garden
60. Bake pastries for you and your neighbor
61. Go stargazing
62. Have a jam session with your friends
63. Start a book you've never gotten around to reading
64. Think of a new business idea
65. Learn how to make a website
66. Take a nap
67. Organize a bookshelf
68. Watch a Khan Academy lecture on a subject of your choosing
69. Look at your finances and find one way to save money
70. Pick up litter around your favorite park
71. Take a bubble bath
72. Text a friend you haven't talked to in a long time
73. Cook something together with someone
74. Plant a tree
75. Learn to greet someone in a new language
76. Clean out your car
77. Visit a nearby museum
78. Hold a video game tournament with some friends
79. Do something nice for someone you care about
80. Take your dog on a walk
81. Learn how to use a french press
82. Volunteer and help out at a senior center
83. Pull a harmless prank on one of your friends
84. Create a cookbook with your favorite recipes
85. Make tie-dye shirts
86. Explore the nightlife of your city
87. Learn calligraphy
88. Learn to greet someone in a new language
89. Take a nap
90. Make a simple musical instrument
91. Make a scrapbook with pictures of your favorite memories
92. Make a bucket list
93. Draw something interesting
94. Write a list of things you are grateful for
95. Surprise your significant other with something considerate
96. Bake something you've never tried before
97. Pot some plants and put them around your house
98. Do something you used to do as a kid
99. Make a budget
100. Go to a concert with local artists with some friends
101. Write a short story
102. Take a bubble bath
103. Catch up with a friend over a lunch date
104. Cook something together with someone
105. Mow your neighbor's lawn
106. Go on a fishing trip with some friends
107. Listen to a new music genre
108. Write a thank you letter to an influential person in your life
109. Learn about the Golden Ratio
110. Back up important computer files
111. Play a video game
112. Start a daily journal
113. Learn how to write in shorthand
114. Learn how to use an Arduino
115. Start a blog for something you're passionate about
116. Go for a walk
117. Create a personal website
118. Visit a nearby museum
119. Learn Kotlin
120. Go for a run
121. Find a DIY to do
122. Create a personal website
123. Surprise your significant other with something considerate
124. Plant a tree
125. Go see a movie in theaters with a few friends
126. Learn Express.js
127. Plan a trip to another country
128. Prepare a 72-hour kit
129. Play a game of tennis with a friend

Let me know how you make your weekends meaningful. Have a wonderful weekend!! ?


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