The kids are off to school! It’s a day of joy and celebration – not because your kid made it to first grade – but because now Mom and Dad can enjoy some alone time.

There’s no end to the amount of things you can accomplish, or not accomplish. Your time – at least a few hours each weekday – is officially yours.

Here’s a to-do list to consider:

Step 1: Take the day off from work. This is crucial. The entire plan falls apart if you fail at this. You can’t fully enjoy the day if you’re working so, butter up your boss and start angling for a vacation day on the first day of school.

Step 2: Take your child to school. Take loads of pics. Upload some to Facebook. Capture the moment. Then, hightail it out of there as quickly as the school drop-off line will allow.

Step 3: Now, you’re on your own. Like a pair of newlyweds, you have the morning and early afternoon to yourselves. What to do, what to do? This is where your creativity emerges.

1. Spa Day

Who couldn’t use a relaxing massage? Whose wife wouldn’t be swept off her feet by a mani-pedi? Your kids have been home all summer. There’s no doubt that you could use a refresher.

2. Get Thee a Workout

I don’t know about you, but I’ve made it to the gym exactly zero times this summer. With two jobs, yard work, activities, and the like, the gym is like a mirage in the desert – I can see it but I just can’t get there. Give yourself the gift of a good sweat on the holiday known as The First Day of School.

3. Clean Up Time

Is your house a wreck? If not, we cannot be friends. Seriously, I’m sure there’s a 47-item to-do list around your house. With the kids off at school, you could probably knock out a to-do list double that length.

4. Date Day

If you haven’t seen a movie with your wife since the late ‘90s, this is the perfect time to catch a matinee and a quick lunch before heading back to pick up the kiddos. Be warned, though. Movie prices have gone up just a little bit.

5. Give Up Your Time

Remember how good it feels to help someone in need? This might be your chance to make a difference in the life of a person who needs it. Spend a few hours volunteering or go to visit a sick friend or family member who you never have time for. You won’t regret it.

6. Go on a Buying Binge

You’ve been consumed with buying crayons, pencils, computer equipment, and backpacks. You’ve obsessed over lunch boxes, food, and juice boxes. You’ve fretted over outfits and shoes and gym clothes. Your children have every single thing they need for a fulfilling and successful school year. If you have any money left over, go splurge on yourself for a change.

7. Read

There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to catch up on all the reading you want to do. Well, fate just dropped about six hours in your lap. Go make a dent in a new bestseller.

8. Get Out of Town

Okay, you have six hours, a full gas tank, and maps on your smartphone. Plug in a city about an hour away and drive. Just drive. Research a few places to visit while you’re there, grab a bite to eat, and give yourself plenty of time to get back to pick up the kids. Now, go.

9. Get Your Binge-Watch On

Still have those episodes from last seaon’s Grey’s Anatomy in your DVR? Need to catch up on the latest season of The Walking Dead? How good does it sound to go home, slip back into your pajamas and curl up with some good, old-fashioned TV?

10. Go Tell it to the Mountain

Okay, maybe you don’t live near the mountains. Maybe you live near the beach. Or maybe you live near some other beautiful spot. Find the beauty near you, pack a picnic lunch with your spouse and go have yourselves a ball.

11. Sleep, Precious Sleep

Forget all that stuff above. The thing you should do is the thing you want to do most of all – sleep. An invigorating nap will do wonders for you and your spouse. That’s exactly what you should do.