Summer WeekendMemorial Day Weekend represents many meaningful moments. First and foremost, it is a time to reflect and honor the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. At the same time, plenty of warm weather hopefuls recognize Memorial Day as the (un)official start to summer. For many still, these three days stand for one thing – three-day weekend!
While I’m sure many of us would gladly welcome an extended break from the office, this free time does not have to come at the expense of your personal and professional development!
Here are three ways to tap into the full potential of the three-day weekend ahead:
Saturday, Someplace New
As those pesky spring showers pitter-patter away, and we welcome in the sweet scent of summertime, the itch to travel can be unavoidable. Aside from the fun activities and exotic beauty of a travel destination, going someplace new can be a great way to think differently and find inspiration for new projects.
If you already have a summer time vacation on the horizon, this is a fantastic opportunity to make sure you have planned out your trip entirely. If not, take today to come up with some smaller ideas for taking a trip outside of your comfort zone. For example, plan a commute to work that takes a different, more scenic route. A seemingly minor change can open your eyes to new possibilities!
Sunday, Summer Reading
Sunday is the quintessential weekend day; after all, it is a day based entirely around slow-paced mornings, delicious breakfast foods and quiet relaxation.  Spend this Sunday catching up on any reading materials that excite your mind and can expand your knowledge base. To keep things interesting, consider planning a reading schedule based on variety. For example, you can set the goal of alternating your reading content between non-fiction and fiction each month. There’s no better way to slowly savor a long weekend than sinking into a good book.
Monday, More Organized
After the barbecues end, your work week will start back up faster than you might expect. Use your last day of freedom to set yourself up for success in the days, weeks and months of summer ahead. Organize the projects in your pipeline, prioritize your goals for the season and create a tangible roadmap for success.  This may be a more relaxed time of year, but you can still make professional progress by thoughtfully planning, writing down and committing to attainable victories.
As we eagerly await the arrival of summer, our minds might be set on bright beaches and cool drinks. But with a little planning, the next three months can be the most productive and professionally gratifying time of your year.
Post your plans for making the most of your three-day, start of summer weekend below!