Really successful people also share a surprising number of weekend habits, not only drive, impressive accomplishments, and influence. They use their “days off” to supercharge, which makes them more productive and happier. Here are five ways to maximize your weekend time, inspired by some of the most successful people around:
- Pursue a passion: George W. Bush is an avid painter, Meryl Streep knits for leisure, and Warren Buffet plays the ukulele in his spare time. Cultivating a hobby is a fantastic way to unwind after a long week. You clearly have interests and passions, be it playing a sport, photography, or scrapbooking. But this helps you to do more than unwind, it can also result in enhanced work performance, as it encourages creative thinking which you can use to solve work-related problems.
- Unplug: Arianna Huffington does not expect her employees to answer emails on weekends, Jack Dorsey spends his Saturdays hiking and his Sundays to reflect on feedback and strategy, which allows him to be super-focused on Monday. Being connected to technology 24/7 can lead to burnout – it is important to try and change your usage habits.
- Spend time with family and friends: Barack Obama spends most of his free time with his two daughters, and Mark Cuban also switches to dad mode at home with his wife and daughters. You can apply the same principle even if you don’t have kids – just focus on your loved ones. The weekend is the perfect opportunity to do that, as work occupies most of your week.
- Take a nap: Bill Clinton and Thomas Edison are just two of many famous people who swear by the power nap. However, it might be impossible for you to take a nap during the work days, so plan on taking one on the weekends, but don’t spend all afternoon in bed. Short power naps of only 20 minutes leave you feeling refreshed, energized, and ready to accomplish things.
- Volunteer: find time to give back. Check for some local opportunities on the weekend, and you will see that an act of altruism has tangible positive effects on the giver. And helping those in need also helps you keep things in perspective and display an increased growth and personal well-being.