We all have different weekend agendas. Catching up on sleep, spending time with friends and family, or maybe even taking that weekend trip we’ve been talking about for so long — but is there a formula for getting the most out of the two days we have to decompress? Let’s take a look.
One of the easiest traps to fall into as business professionals is oversleeping on the weekends. We’ve all been down this road before where we don’t get enough rest during the week, so we cram as much sleep as possible into our weekend schedules. In doing this, we throw off our bodies natural sleep/wake rhythm, and actually end up working against ourselves. Altering this pattern can not only disrupt your productivity on your days off, but give you a slower start on Monday morning as well.
One of the best things we can do for ourselves is to add a bit of adventure into our lives. That could be going for a hike, grabbing tickets to the Broadway show coming to town, or even just planning a movie night for you and the family. Give yourself something to look forward to on the weekend, and your entire approach to your workweek can change.
Pursue a passion.
When we utilize our time on the weekends to pursue a passion, it can have drastic effects on our weekly productivity. In fulfilling our passion we can alleviate stress, and even open our minds to new ways of thinking. Listening to music, playing basketball, drawing or even playing catch with your kids can stimulate the way we compile and interpret information.
This is hands down the most important tip we could discuss. If you are unable to remove yourself electronically from work on the weekends, then did you ever really leave work? Making yourself available 24/7 not only adds an entirely different level of stress to your plate, but can hinder your ability to decompress and recharge for the upcoming week. Set aside a few times during the weekend that you will allow yourself to check/respond to emails, and don’t go outside of the small time slots you’ve set aside.
Finding time during the week to exercise can be a hard task. The good news is you have 48 hours to get your body moving on the weekends. Exercising for just 10 minutes can allow your neurotransmitters to reduce stress, and can be a great component to the conception of new ideas. Being active sparks creativity.
Taking time for weekly reflection can be a stand-alone tool for self improvement. Give yourself a window of time to look back at the previous weeks successes, failures or missed opportunities, and use it to fuel your productivity for the upcoming week. Doing so will enhance your overall efficiency and give you a way to track your progress.
One of the most important things we can do to set ourselves up for success is to plan ahead. Set aside a small chunk of time during the weekend (30 minutes or less) to generate your to-do list for the upcoming week. This will help keep you organized with everything you need to accomplish and ultimately relieve a lot of stress as you have already ironed out your plan. Map out your approach for the week — and execute it.
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