While a lot of people see the weekend as a time to hang out and relax, exceptionally successful people have a different idea of how Saturdays and Sundays should be spent. Usually, successful people jot down their weekend activities and here is how they spend their weekends to set the tone for a week of productive work:
10. WAKE UP EARLY:
Even on weekends, Apple CEO Tim Cook is said to wake up at 3:45 a.m every morning. You might find it odd because it’s the weekend and you feel that you need to stay in bed until midday. Successful people still get up early because they know time is precious and shouldn’t be wasted, no matter what day it is.
You can’t negate the power of reading. Eimantas Balciunas CEO of Travel Ticker says, “Reading and staying abreast on what happens in the travel industry puts me in a position to discover those things the competition apparently may have ignored.” By reading and expanding your knowledge, even and especially on weekends, you are better informed to approach your tasks for the week.
8. MAKE TIME TO PURSUE THEIR INTERESTS:
Successful people know that chasing success shouldn’t mean they have to forget what they love doing in their spare time. The weekend offers you the opportunity to be creative, whatever it is you like to do most in your free time. Successful people are often interesting people and their hobbies have a lot to do with that. Knitting like Meryl Streep or oil painting like George W. Bush can aid success in fostering creativity and relieving stress.
Successful people know they have to take out downtime where they put away phones and don’t check emails. The weekend is the ideal time to seek a break, go on a mini trip and disconnect with the world.
6. BUILD MOMENTUM:
Successful people don’t settle for average. They are always focused on excellence by keeping up the momentum. The weekend is a good time to put things in perspective and gain clarity to regain and refocus on your goals.
5. STAY ACTIVE:
Vogue’s editor in chief likes to play tennis for one hour every day, Richard Branson stays active with kite surfing and India’s fourth richest billionaire is a serial marathon runner. Successful people know the importance of an active body for an active mind on weekends as well.
Things don’t have to change the world to be important. Weekends are the time to remind yourself of the forgotten little things. Spending time with your friends, children or partner might not directly increase profits that day but that doesn’t make it any less important. Even the current US President famously makes time to sit down for dinner with his family.
3. FORGET FEAR OF MISSING OUT:
On weekends, we’re even more likely to “Fear Of Missing Out” (FOMO). But the founder and CEO of Facebook, Zuckerberg says people should be focusing on JOMO (the joy of missing out). The mantra is that there is nowhere I’d rather be than exactly where I am. Successful people are often competitive, high achievers by nature and practice an attitude of gratitude. Successful people know that happiness is the real marker of success.
2. TIME TO REFLECT:
The founder of Microsoft famously said, “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Reflection should be a daily practice but the weekends are a perfect opportunity to step back and reflect on the lessons of the previous week and to make improvements for the next. Make Saturday or Sunday your day to go through the week’s entries.
1. GET READY FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK:
The Twitter and Square co-founder is notorious for 16 hour work days from Monday to Friday but he says, “Saturday I take off. I hike. And then Sunday is reflections, feedback, strategy and getting ready for the rest of the week.” Laura Vanderkam, author of what most successful people do on weekends says, successful people, know that weekend activities are actually the secret weapon in professional success.
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