Friday is one of my favourite days of the week.
There’s nothing quite like that feeling of knowing you have the whole weekend stretching out in front of you, and that when you close down your computer at the end of the day, you won’t have to switch it back on again until Monday. And, OK, when you blog for a living you know that’s totally not going to happen, and that you’ll be back online first thing on Saturday morning, obviously: there is that. But at least on Friday night you can PRETEND you won’t be lifting a finger all weekend, and that has to count for something, right?
Anyway, because I’m a creature of habit and routine, I have a few little Friday rituals which I use to get the weekend off to a good start, and seeing as it’s Friday, I thought I’d share them with you. Then you can share your Friday rituals with me, and it’ll be a real bonding experience. Or something. Here are 7 things I always do on Fridays…
01. Inbox zero
The first thing I do when I get up on Friday morning is to pour myself a mug coffee and sit down to tackle the email mountain that will have piled up during the week. I don’t always make it to inbox zero (I basically use my inbox as an extension of my ‘to do’ list, so if there are sponsored posts or something I’m still working on, I’ll leave the emails relating to them in the inbox until it’s complete), but I do make the effort to go through everything and make sure I’ve responded to all of those messages I filed under “I’ll deal with that later” when I first got them. So if you’re waiting for a response to an email you’ve sent me, you’ll probably get it on Friday, basically. Er, today, I mean. I better get on that, huh?
02. Write a ‘To Do’ list for next week
Speaking of ‘To Do’ lists, once I’ve tackled the email backlog (or tried to), I move on to writing an actual ‘To Do’ list for next week, as well as pencilling in posts in my editorial calendar. I know a lot of people like to save this kind of thing for Sunday evening/Monday morning, but I like to clear my head for the weekend, and because I will normally do some bits and pieces of work over the weekend anyway, it helps to know if there’s anything specific I need to remember.
03. Clean the house
I realise this is the second time I’ve talked about cleaning my house this week, which puts me in danger of sounding scarily obsessive about it, but… well, I am a BIT obsessive about it, but only a LITTLE bit, I promise. I do try to keep the house clean during the week, but on Friday afternoons I like to totally blitz the place, so I can wake up on Saturday morning in a clean house, knowing I don’t have to spend the weekend doing chores. Bliss!
04. Wear comfy clothes
That’s not to say I wear uncomfortable clothes during the rest of the week, obviously, but I’ve never really been a “change into PJs the second I get home” kinda girl, and even although I work from home, I like to do it in the kind of clothes I wouldn’t be ashamed to answer the door or run errands in. Well, most of the time, anyway. Not on Fridays, though. On Fridays I may not get into my PJs (I actually hate wearing nightwear if I’m not in bed: I have this paranoia that someone will come to the door, or I’ll have to leave the house in a hurry, and there I’ll be, wearing my old dressing gown and ratty sleep shorts. Note to self: buy nicer nightwear…), but I do normally change into what I guess you’d call loungewear – i.e. something stretchy and comfortable, to accommodate all the food I’m about to eat. Speaking of which…
05. Eat what I want
Well, not EVERYTHING I want, obviously: I have to leave some Cadbury’s ‘Marvellous Creations’ for the rest of you, don’t I? But given that I do my best to eat fairly healthily all week, I figure by Friday I’ve earned a little bit of whatever I fancy. I’m not saying I go crazy or anything (Everything in moderation, right?), but it wouldn’t be a Friday night in our house without a giant bag of popcorn, and maybe a few
bars squares of the aforementioned Cadbury’s Marvellous Creations. Look, I don’t get out much, OK? I have to take my kicks wherever I can find them…
06. Light some candles
I’m always buying candles, and I’m always forgetting to actually light the damn things… except on Fridays. Friday is the one day of the week I remember I have candles in the house, then I tend to light them all at once, then forget about them for another week. At least they get used sometimes…
07. Netflix marathon
You knew it was coming, didn’t you? I mean, I already had the popcorn and the chocolate (And, OK, the WINE…) out: there was only one place this was headed, and it starts with ‘Once Upon a Time’ and normally ends with ‘Homeland’, or whatever this month’s obsession happens to be. And on that subject, I’m off to clean my house and switch on the TV. Oh, and to read your comments on the subject of your own Friday rituals: GO!