Posted by: Cathy | July 17, 2012

Article: Use Your Down Time

I read an article recently on What Successful People Know About Weekends:

“The most successful people know that to be truly productive, you need to hit Monday refreshed, relaxed, and ready to go. The only way to do that is to create weekends that rejuvenate you rather than exhaust or disappoint you.”

The gist is that, from Friday night to Sunday night, you have 30-odd hours to use as you please, and you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t plan time to enjoy yourself and rest before the work week starts all over again.

I think, also, that if you’re not emotionally fulfilled by your job, you should attend to things on the weekend that give you emotional fulfillment.

I’m fortunate that I have a job I can leave in the office when the workday ends, so it doesn’t intrude on my precious personal time. Thus, I try to make at least some of my weekend intentional for my personal goals – I make time for a creative project, reading, some fun things like a movie or brunch, chores, errands, and balancing my checkbook or other necessities.

Plan ahead most weekends – for each project or goal you have, come up with some one- or two-hour actions you can take and schedule these in your calendar. Maybe you want to expand your business, so you could look for a networking event. If you want to write a historic novel, go to the library and do some research. If you want to go back to school, visit a college campus and see if you can talk to someone in your prospective academic department.

If you can clear one weekend of other obligations, turn it into a little goal retreat! Devote 8 hours on Saturday and Sunday to work on your project and get tons done. But don’t try to weekend-warrior your time every weekend – rest and recuperation are important and shouldn’t be sacrificed, no matter how badly you want to meet your goal. Otherwise, you could burn yourself out and do more harm than good.

Your “down time” could be a gold mine of opportunity! You just need to give it some thought and plan ahead.

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