By: Emily Luttrull
Good habits don’t start on Monday and end on Friday. Here are 8 tips to help you keep your momentum even on your days off.
1. Get up Early
Our brains are at their best two to four hours after waking up. Getting up early helps you maximize your time and keeping a regular sleeping schedule will make weekday mornings that much easier.
2. Make a Plan
To really make the most of your time, remember the importance of daily goals. When we feel as if we aren’t accomplishing anything, we fall into patterns of self-doubt which only makes things worse. By keeping an end goal in mind, whether it is personal or professional, you can work backward to establish each step you need to take. Plans help us stick to the right tracks, even on days off.
3. Don’t overcommit
Now that you have daily goals and plans to meet them, it may be tempting to work on them all at the same time and try to accomplish too much. But multi-tasking actually lowers your efficiency. Having a maximum of two goals per day makes sure you are able to get them done, and done correctly.
Weekends are the time to make sure the balance between your career and your personal life is still working for you, and time to reset it if necessary. Prioritizing time with friends, family or loved ones may measurably help your business or put dollars in your bank, but it keeps you grounded and happier, and can put things in perspective.
5. Make Time for Hobbies
Hobbies can be like exercise for your brain. Creative hobbies like knitting or painting can be great stress relievers as well as give you an artistic outlet. And group activities like golfing or bowling leagues can be a great way to network. But more importantly, finding a hobby you enjoy recharges you. It can be like active rest- it energizes you for the week ahead. Plus, it gives you something to look forward to during long work days..
At work it can be impossible to take a break from email, social media or other website you visit for your job. But taking a break from your devices for a day is beneficial both mentally and physically. Constantly being connected drains your energy. Being off the grid helps you live more in the moment, and getting rid of constant distractions or interruptions will boost your productivity and creativity. If you can’t unplug for an entire day, try just an hour or two. You might get addicted.
7. Take Time to Reflect
Bill Gates famously said, “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Weekends are a perfect opportunity to step back and reflect on the successes, failures and lessons of the previous week and to make improvements for the next. Just spending one hour of thinking could be worth five hours of action. Journaling is a great way to sort out problems and plan solutions.
8. Give Back
In Tom Corley’s book “Wealthy Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals,” he wrote that 73% of wealthy people volunteer for five or more hours per month. Volunteering reduces stress, puts things in perspective and adds value to your life. Weekends are the perfect time to get involved and give back to your community.