Ten Tips for a Productive Weekend

By: Lauren Mineau

Ah, the weekend. It’s a time we all look forward to. A time for us to let our hair down and live life at a slower pace, or, for some, it’s a time to go a mile a minute trying to do it all. To live a successful Monday-Friday life, those weekend hours are crucial for our well-being. Striking the perfect balance of relaxation and productivity can be tricky, but luckily some incredibly successful people have shared how they do it.

  1. “Prioritize What’s Important To You”

That’s what Steve Jobs once said. On some weekends, this could mean cleaning your apartment from top to bottom, decluttering, meal prepping, working out and more. Other weekends, it might mean a casual day with family or friends. It could even mean binge-watching a Netflix show you’ve been itching to see. All of these things are good for your well-being, but it’s often a matter of deciding which one is most important to you at that time.

  1. Stay Active

Maybe you’re someone who goes to the gym all five days of your work week, maybe you’re not. But even so, some form of physical activity can help you get better rest, be more energized and feel better overall. Successful people know that an active body can also stimulate an active mind.

  1. Take Time to Reflect

Microsoft founder Bill Gates once said “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Take a few minutes to look back on your week. What went well? What could you do better? Reflection is a key step in achieving success.

  1. Forget About FOMO

Social media has allowed us to humbly brag about anything and everything we are doing. Seeing friends on their carefully curated adventures can spark FOMO (fear of missing out). Randi Zuckerberg, founder of Zuckerberg Media (yes, she’s Mark Zuckerberg’s sister), has spoken about focusing on JOMO (the joy of missing out) instead. Her mantra is “there is nowhere I’d rather be and exactly where I am.” Successful people practice gratitude and positivity. For example, instead of thinking “Ugh, I have to go buy groceries,” think “I’m lucky I can afford these foods that nourish my body and help me be healthier.”

  1. Make Time for Hobbies

Finding an activity that brings you joy can improve your attitude about work and life in general. Group hobbies, like golf or a yoga class can also be a place to network and meet people. But a solo hobby works just as well. Warren Buffet uses his spare time to play ukulele. A relaxing craft or instrument can help foster creativity and help you de-stress.

  1. Sleep, But Not Too Much

Unfortunate news: Sleeping too much can have a reverse effect on energy and how you feel. Successful people don’t regularly stay in bed until 1 p.m. That’s not to say you need to be up at 6 a.m., but try waking within two or three hours of when you normally do. Constant ups and downs in sleeping can cause you to feel more tired. Some regularity can keep your energy levels more stable.

  1. Get Going

Try this: give yourself a small window to get all your “needs” done, so the rest of your time can be for “wants.” It’ll keep you motivated to get all those things done that you need to do (laundry, cleaning, shopping) if you have the fun and relaxing things you want to do in mind the whole time.

  1. Recharge Your Batteries

Humans are fascinating and complex creatures. But we’re also not that different from a cell phone or an electric car. We need to be recharged in order to work to our maximum ability.Take a little while to slow down, especially when so many of us move so fast most of the time.

  1. Prepare for The Week Ahead

This could mean simply taking a glance at your calendar to see what you have going on at work. Or it could mean preparing all 15 of your meals, setting out your outfits for the week and filling in your planner down to the minute. Figure out what works for you, but going in blind to the following week can only cause stress. You wouldn’t want to quickly negate all that relaxation, would you?

  1. Stay Balanced

Finding what’s best for you will take some trial and error. What you need may also change as your life changes. Your summer may be booked with fun trips and outings, but little time for reflection and meditation. But as a winter chill comes in, you may find yourself indoors with much more time to reflect and recharge. That’s ok. Find your stride and stick to it. It may take a little while, but you’ll be glad you stuck to it. You’ll thank yourself.

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