Three-day weekends mean something different to each individual.


For Lane Speirs, junior agricultural communication major, it is the word “restful.” Amanda John, sophomore sociology major, it is the word “sleep.” And for Taige Tople, senior political science major, it is “going home.”

Going home or sleeping may be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a three-day weekend, but no matter where you are, here are some things that are relaxing and productive at the same time:

Catching up on sleep:

After working away at school or work or both, people deserve to get up late on Saturday morning. But don’t get caught up in sleeping through the entire weekend. Wake up and plan what you want to do for the rest of the weekend.


This is a perfect chance to plan a short trip with family and friends without missing classes. This doesn’t only pertain to fishing or hunting, it could be a potluck with friends, playing board games, going to a concert, working on gifts or joining a local club. Community gardens are a great way to get involve with the neighbourhood and share food as well.

Stay fit:

You don’t have to workout to get in some activity, and you don’t have to venture outdoors to have an adventure. You can also go swimming, running, do some yoga or try a new form dance. Other options are playing sports like lawn tennis, soccer, football or anything you like. Meditation can help re-energize the body.

Try something new:

Let the artist in you come out. Have fun with a canvas, make a wall painting, write a blog, try photography or start learning a new language. Add some skills to your resume or just treat yourself and try out a new recipe.

Feel good:

Consider volunteering in the community and make someone else’s weekend special too. If you are an animal lover, check out the animal shelter nearby. Self care is the key to a happy life. Treat yourself with a hair appointment, spa day, a body massage, manicure, pedicure or anything else that makes you happy.

Spend time by yourself:

This, for me, is the most important part of a three-day weekend. Sit and relax and give your life some thought. I like to think about what I am doing, why I am doing it and what I can do. Use this time to catch up with yourself. Update your to-do list. Get creative with your calendar and mark off all the important dates.

Home decor:

Take your repair toolbox out. This is the time to fix broken stuff in the house. You can bring all those home/room ideas to life that you have been saving on Pinterest.