It is understandable that the weekend presents many workers time for some relaxation, family and fun. Believe me, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that at all. However, you can utilize this period for something bigger and better. Instead of using the entire weekend (2-3 days) for leisure
time, there are things you can do ahead of time to help your next work week go more smoothly.
Let’s take a look at these five weekend habits, give them a try and set yourself up for a successful work week.
- Get enough sleep.
There is always that tendency to rush out of bed in the morning because its weekend, and there is a lot of things to be done.
We most time presume that staying out late on weekends or getting less sleep is “no problem”. But this habit sets you up for failure by making it hard to get up on schedule on Monday morning.
Everyone needs a different amount of sleep, but it’s rarely less than 6.5 to 7.5 hours. Studies show that too little sleep causes significant problems with brain function. Sleep deficiency causes trouble making decisions, controlling your mood and problem solving. Prolonged sleep deficiency can increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
These negative effects keep your work week from being as productive as possible. Learn to get enough sleep on a weekend, you deserve it.
- Make Time For Fun.
It’s a fact that weekends should be a break from work, not a continuation of it. Unfortunately, a 2010 study showed that one-third of US employees work additional hours on weekends. This includes entrepreneurs and business owners.
Don’t fall into this sin! Take the weekend to relax, unwind and pursue your hobbies. Most successful people play their favourite sports in their spare time. If they have got time for fun, so do you.
If leisure time is a foreign concept to you, try spending time playing with your children, doing an art project, enjoying time with your spouse, or just watching your favourite TV show. Do something you’ll enjoy. Make a habit of having fun on weekends to clear your mind and come back to the office feeling refreshed.
- Don’t Multi-Task
Ability to multi-task effectively used to be a source of pride, but not anymore. It may be tempting to maximize your weekend productivity by running on the treadmill while calling your mother and going through your newsfeed.
However, successful people know that multi-tasking just reduces efficiency and effectiveness. Instead, be present for each single activity. A maximum of two goals or tasks per day is recommendable to ensure productivity and accomplishments align.
- Take Time To Reflect
Bill Gates once said, “Its fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
Reflection is expected to be a daily practice for us all, but the weekends present a perfect opportunity to step back and reflect on the lessons of the previous week and to make improvements for the next.
The author of “The Happiness Project,” Gretchen Rubin, suggests
starting a “one sentence journal” to encourage daily reflection. Make Saturday or Sunday your
day to flick back through the week’s entries.
- Plan The New Week
Many people don’t think about the work week until it’s upon them. That’s a famous way of asking for trouble. It’s much better to think about and plan the week ahead on Sunday night than on Monday morning.
This means planning everything from the outfit you’ll wear the next day to deciding who will pick up the kids and what’s for supper. Get kids in on the act by having them choose their school clothes and making sure they have everything they need in their backpacks ahead of time. This habit will save you a ton of headache on Monday morning, enabling you to be
much more successful during the week.
Beside these tips shared above, what else do you do to prepare for a successful week? Do share with us in the comments section below.