05/02/2013 08:49 GMT | Updated 11/06/2013 01:54 BST

7 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Family Weekend (PICTURES)

Weekends are precious. Give or take, you’ve got 60 hours — and you need to make the most of them. While most of us spend our working week waiting for the weekend to arrive so that we can get on with the business of living, when Friday night rolls up it’s all too easy to let things fizzle out.

We spoke to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, author of titles including What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast . If your weekends fly by too fast, Laura believes that with a little planning, you can easily design weekends that are memorable, relaxing, and productive.

She’s given us her six top tips to help you make the most of your weekends — so that when Monday arrives, you’ll feel refreshed, on top of things, and fulfilled about what you’ve done in your time off.

This is not just about making this time more productive in the sense of getting a list of chores done, but making every hour of free time more enjoyable. After all, isn’t that the point of weekends in the first place?