10 Things Successful People Do On Weekends
Jun 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM
Living in the here and now on weekends is actually the secret to success.
1. They pursue their passions
The baristas of the tourist-famous El Union Coffee shop in La Union are all surfers. Employees are actually required to have an outdoors activity since their company believes that doing what you love makes you happy, and being happy makes you a more productive person. Some surf in the morning then work in the afternoon or vice versa. No wonder they make such good coffee!
2. They seek inspiration and fresh experiences
Putting yourself in new environments leads to bursts of creative problem solving. If you’re in IT, go to a museum. If you’re a chef, go watch a play. If you’re an artist, head to a top restaurant. Author and business and creativity expert Danielle LaPorte recommends getting out of your obvious bubble, so seek inspiration in the most unexpected of places.
3. They unplug and go on microadventures.
Do something that re-charges you, something disimilar to the work you do all week. Twitter and Square co-founder, Jack Dorsey is notorious for 16-hour work days on Monday to Fridays but “Saturday, I take off. I hike”. Go on a food trip drive to Pampanga, buy tickets to a concert or play, go on a Tagaytay staycation. It’ll help your body and mind recover from stress.
4. They reflect, strategize, and sort their life out.
Ask yourself the tough questions about where you are. Steve Jobs asks, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. Bill Gates use the weekends to look back on the week and evaluate mistakes and past actions that he can learn from.
5. They make time for family and friends.
Being successful in your career is different from being successful in life. The busiest and most successful people know how to prioritize their personal relationships, sit down for dinner with their families, and go out with their friends. Morbid as it might sound, work will always be around, but the people we care about won’t always be, so make the most with them on weekends!
6. They get up early
The most cringe-worthy item on this list. Robert Iger, Disney’s CEO wakes up at 4:30 a.m every morning. It really doesn’t go well with Friday night outs, but successful people don’t stay in bed until 2 p.m or even 11 a.m. Research shows that our brains are actually at their sharpest 2 ½ to 4 hours after waking. Just think about it this way: rise early on a weekend and you’ll have a head start on everyone else.
7. They work out.
It might be tiring, but a healthy body makes a healthy mind. Being active boosts creativity, confidence, and resilience at work and in your personal life. U.S leaders Barack and Michelle Obama are proud gym enthusiasts, while Anna Wintour, Vogue U.S’s editor-in-chief, plays tennis at 5:45 AM!
8. They minimize time spent on chores.
Don’t let your chores eat up all your time on the weekend. Don’t do them sporadically either when you just suddenly remember you have to do a task at different points of the day. Be efficient, create a small window for your chores and errands.
9. They volunteer and give back.
Billionaire entrepreneur, Richard Branson says “It is amazing how focusing your mind on issues like health, poverty, conservation, and climate change can help to re-energize your thinking in other areas.” For some people the volunteer work provides a balance to the heavy analytical work people do.
10. They prepare for the week ahead.
U.S founding father, Benjamin Franklin said “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”. Most successful people call Sundays “Sort-out-your-life-Sundays”. They take a half hour or so to review their topmost priorities for the new week, and settle everything that needs to be done to make their Monday efficient. This way, they are mentally prepared, and don’t wake up with the same panic and dread everyone goes through every Monday morning.
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