10 Ways to Maximize Election Day

I'll be honest, I've been looking forward to November 8 since January 1. Yeah, we get to elect our next president and fill other political positions, but I've been planning all the things I want to do on my day off work for months now! Tell me I'm not the only one.

As someone who walks into the office is 8:00 AM and leaves at 5:00 PM, I get so frustrated by other businesses that are closed by the time I leave work. I'd love to get a haircut or go to the bank or check out the cute boutique on the corner during the week, but like millions of other hard working folks, I'm left running around on Saturday morning trying to take care of all my errands. That's the glorious thing about election day. It is a completely free WEEKDAY that isn't a holiday or a sick day. Hallelujah! 

  1. Vote!!
  2. Watch the Today Show (or other human interest "news" program of your choosing) in your pajamas for a couple of hours while drinking coffee. Skim something frivolous during commercial breaks and eat muffins (aka morning cupcakes) without feeling guilty.  
  3. Do something new or go somewhere that you've always to try, but that you've never had the chance. I've been dying to try a new massage clinic that is literally two blocks away but only offers $30 student massages on weekday mornings and afternoons. I received a neighborhood coupon code a couple months ago, so it was fate to schedule an election day massage. I've been looking forward to that Nov. 8 massage for months now. Hit up that 10:30 AM yoga class or go to lunch at the hole-in-the-wall diner that everyone raves about!
  4. Order your holiday cards and make your card recipient list. This always sneaks up on me, and then after Thanksgiving I'm annoyed by how long it takes for the cards to be printed and shipped and feel like I'm addressing holiday cards up until the last minute.
  5. Do a really hard workout. This is more of a personal goal, so if you're not an exerciser, then feel free to jump to the next point. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and after that, it's a downward spiral of cold weather, comfort food, and sugar plums. I find that if I get a really good workout in, it motivates me to continue working out. Also, it's a great way to bank some calories for turkey and pumpkin pie later this month.
  6. Spend time cooking a great meal and then save leftovers for later in the week. Few things make me happier than leftovers on a weeknight.
  7. Take advantage of the sunshine. One of the worst parts of late fall and winter is going to work when it is dark and leaving when it is dark, so soak up all the sunshine while you can!
  8. Get a massage or a pedicure. Treats like these are hard to schedule into a normal week. 
  9. Start a project you've wanted to tackle for a while but just haven't had a good time or the motivation to start it. Maybe it is a new craft or fixing something around the house. For me, it is going to be stitching a fraying rug. 
  10. Meet a friend that you normally don't see. You can combine this with points three or eight, or just start happy hour at 4:00!

There are two weeks left to plan! How do you plan to spend election day?