One of the things that keeps us going through the hustle and bustle of the week is that fact that there is about 60 free hours for you to let out the heat and stress of work. Almost everyone looks forward to that moment of relaxation. Depending on individual lifestyle, while some would rather party hard, hang out with friends or family and have fun, some would rather embrace the solace of their beds and give their bodies the long-deprived sleep of the week. The most successful people at work reserve those precious 60 hours for relaxing and re-charging their batteries for the week ahead.
Whichever category you find yourself, here are some helpful tips that will create a rejuvenating, fun-filled and productive weekend:
- Consciously Disconnect from Work: It is easy to relate to the fact that you love your job so much and there’s every tendency you get drowned in the thoughts of what’s not done, clients/partners to be called, the stack of files on your table, and so on. If you really want to recharge, you should avoid pulling a “workend”. Unavoidable need to work must be limited to the minimum. It has been proven that working long hours consistently during unsocial hours affects our relationships.
- Have a Plan for the Weekend – Avoid hitting off the weekend with a plan to do nothing; when you are not deliberate about the activities you want to fill your weekend with, you’ll just realize that it’s Sunday night again, and you keep wondering where the whole time went. Book the “Wakanda” movie tickets now; scheduling makes you anticipate the fun and does a great deal in relaxing the body.
- Don’t Be as Busy as the Bee – A quick way to get yourself fagged out is filling the weekend with all activities. Many of us are guilty of postponing all tasks such as laundry, ironing, scrubbing the whole house, etc. to the weekend and spend more time doing than required because we have more time at hand. Spread all these tasks to other week days, this will afford you quality and refreshing activities to fill the weekend with.
- Spend Time with Your Loved Ones – Spending more time with loved ones is far more important to well-being and contentedness than your celebrated income or job satisfaction. According to Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert, “We are happy when we have family, we are happy when we have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends,”. More so, if you don’t invest in the people in your home then things will go wrong there and that unhappiness feeds back into your work, making you feel less effective and secure at work. It’s a vicious cycle, so deal with it before it does!
- Do spend some time planning your week – On Sunday night, or some other quiet time, glance at your calendar, and set goals for what you’d like to accomplish in your professional and personal life over the next 168 hours. Schedule these high-value activities in – you’ll be amazed at how much you accomplish when your week is planned.
Of course, a lot of successful people have made a ritual of working on the weekend; however, they also understand that the weekend is primarily for resting the brain. Never forget that successful people do not just work hard, they make time for what is important or fun; making space for activities that add to their life balance.