Ideas for Spending Your Day Off (That’s Not Binging Netflix)

For those of us in the corporate world, we are blessed with the occasional day off like Labor Day, Memorial Day, and even President’s Day. Seeing as today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and I currently have it off (and am in Portland), I thought I would give you all some ideas on how to spend your unexpected day off doing something other than cleaning, adulting, or binge watching Netflix.

Do a passion project

A day off is perfect to do a passion project that you’ve been putting off. Want to catch up on memory keeping, write a chapter in your book, or try your hand at a new photography technique? Take some time on your day off to work on a passion project. It doesn’t have to be all day, but you will feel much more motivated after doing something that you love and are passionate about.

Tackle an action item on your to do list

We all have those items on our to do list that we dread. Whether it’s preparing tax documents, or cleaning out your closet, a day off is a good way to knock some of those items off. Don’t want to spend all day adulting? Pick just one item to tackle. You’ll feel so much more far ahead if you do.

Take yourself on a date

Unless you work with friends, chances are your days off won’t align. Use this time to take yourself on a date. Is there an exhibit you want to see at the museum, or a new coffee shop you want to try? Take a couple hours and go do it! During the week, we are surrounded by people, so take some time and do something with just yourself.

Attend a workout class

Your daily schedule might not allow you to go take a workout class, but with a free day, what better thing to do? If you already take classes, use this as an opportunity to try out a different studio or class type that maybe didn’t align with your schedule before. It’s a great way to have a new experience and get some exercise.

Treat yourself to a spa day

Now, this one does cost some money, but you can make your day off a day to pamper yourself. Go get a massage or go get your nails done. Use your day off as a day to treat yourself to some self care. You will feel rejuvenated and ready to go back to work.

Get outside

If you are fortunate enough to live in a place where you are close to the outdoors, go ahead and take advantage of that. Days off are perfect days for hiking, or just getting outside and going on a walk. Nature has a way to reset and refresh you, so use this as an opportunity to get outside and explore a new area you’ve never been before.

Learn something new

Oftentimes, we don’t have time to learn during the workweek. This is why it’s the perfect activity for a day off. Take a class on YouTube, Skillshare, or Lynda on something that you’ve always wanted to learn. You will feel more stimulated and even productive as your brain will be sharp as a saw. Even reading a book is a great way to spend a day off as it’s relaxing yet stimulating at the same time.

Go on a day trip

Now, if you’re not already traveling but want to get out of town, use the day to go on a day trip. Choose a destination that is an hour or two away and just hop in the car and go! It’s the perfect opportunity to get a change of scenery without having to hop on a plane and spend tons of money. This is a great activity to do solo or with friends. You have a day well spent and new experiences to look back on.

What do you like doing when you have a day off?

One thought on “Ideas for Spending Your Day Off (That’s Not Binging Netflix)

  1. When I have the ability to take a day off… really take a day off, I like to rest. And sometimes a binge session with Netflix is exactly what the doctor ordered. It leaves me refreshed and ready to get back to my normally scheduled productivity drill. Great post.


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