5 Ways to Have a More Productive Weekend
Once 3pm on a Friday hits many of us are only at the office in spirit, our minds are elsewhere. If you work for yourself or some version of entrepreneurship you may not even know what day of the week it is by this time because you've been going going going. Regardless of your current work situation, weekends can make or break your month or even your whole year. Here's how to make your weekend work for you.
1. Wake Up Early. I know, I know - let's get this one out of the way. Waking up early might be the last thing you want to do in your free time but here's a friendly reminder: this is your time, if you spend it in the bed unnecessarily because you feel the day owes you something you are wrong. Getting ahead of your weekend days to handle errands, reading, and prep for the rest of the week will leave you with more leisure time and less stress. As we speak, I am typing to you from the lovely 6am hour.
2. Cut the Bullshit. Take a few minutes to think about what you want to get out of your weekend. Now eliminate anything that doesn't map to those goals. I love a mimosa as much as the next woman (margaritas are better, if we're being honest) but if bottomless brunch will your derail progress for the entire day, skip it. Make plans to see your friends in a non-boozy environment like the park, museum, or beach. Your future self will thank you.
3. Do Nothing. This probably sounds like the opposite of productivity but really, I want you do nothing. Carve out some time when you have absolutely no obligations and just be for a while. This can be for 10 minutes or two hours, your choice. We spend most of our lives orbiting needs and wants, allow yourself time to let your mind go and your body relax. You'll feel recharged and reenergized as you step back into the world. Meditating, laying down for an indefinite amount of time, talking a walk, or simply sitting outside are good options for your "do nothing" time but it's totally up to you!
4. Call Someone You Love. Good energy is contagious. Give your parents or your best friend a call. Keep the conversation light and pleasant or unload some heavy things that have been on your mind. Either way, approach the conversation with gratitude for being able to share a moment with each other. Being a positive productive person means understanding how human we all are. There's something about getting off the phone with a loved one that gives you the extra energy to take on your day or your week.
5. Get It Done Fast. Of course I put the hard part last! "Eat the frog" as they say - get the big tasks on your to-do list done first so you can enjoy your day. An extra hour of sleep won't make much of a difference if you're stressed thinking about that one thing you really need to do all weekend. Put on some music and go for it - your peace of mind is worth it.
Try these tips and let me know how they work for you in the comments below! As always, tweet me with feedback and ideas of what you want to see next!