If you’re not an entrepreneur, or you’re still dragging your feet about getting serious about your business goals, you probably view the weekend as a time to lounge on the couch, hang out with your friends, and catch up on sleep.
If you are an entrepreneur, you probably view the weekend as two extra days to get shit done. The weekends for an entrepreneur aren’t days away from the office. When you are in control of your business’s fate, your office follows you wherever you go.
Entrepreneurs approach the weekend with a different mindset. They value the extra time as an opportunity to get ahead rather than hours to waste before Monday morning rolls around. If you’re ready to get serious about your entrepreneurial duties, here are 7 weekend habits of professionals:
As any successful business person knows, you won’t get anywhere if you don’t plan appropriately. The same applies to your weekends. While it isn’t necessary to keep a detailed itinerary of your weekend hours, allocating specific chunks of time to get things done can help you use your weekend to get ahead.
If you have a social activity scheduled for Saturday or Sunday, plan to get some work done around the event. Setting aside some weekend hours to focus on work will make you more prepared come Monday morning.
2. Minimize Chores
Outsourcing your housecleaning or laundry can free up a lot of time on your weekends. If you’re in a financial place to get your chores done by someone else, hire someone immediately.
If you’re not yet to that place, keep your chores to-do list as short as possible and complete them as quickly as you can. Keep the mindset that they are things that need to be done, but you don’t want to focus your entire weekend on shopping and cleaning.
Use your weekend as an opportunity to visualise the work you’re doing and how it is helping you achieve your goals. Think about what your next steps are and if you’re ready to take them. If you’re not, think of something you can do over the weekend to get you ready.
Using weekend time to visualise the timeline of your goals will keep you on track. If you continue to evaluate where you are in relation to where you want to be, you can make adjustments that move you closer to your goals.
Your weekend should have a bit of socialising in it too. Interacting with your friends and family can help relieve some stress and give you a clearer perspective about the tasks you need to complete.
Plan an event with your friends, take your girlfriend out to dinner, or visit your parents. Any time you are able to interact with individuals who encourage and support you will allow you to return to your work refreshed and ready to go.
Entrepreneurs spend almost their entire day staring at a screen. Whether it’s answering emails on a computer, responding to business related text messages and phone calls, or scrolling through resources on a tablet, most of what we need is available digitally.
But staring at a screen all day is not only bad for our health, it can cause us to miss out on the world happening around us. Schedule a few hours every weekend where you power off all your monitors. Read a book, go for a walk, or overlap this time with your social engagement. No matter what you do during that time, keep your eyes off a screen.
As entrepreneurs, we’re always working. We’re always implementing new strategies, thinking about new theories, or connecting with potential clients or partners. Even if you’re following your passion, constant working can be draining.
If you’re feeling drained at the end of a long week, you’re not alone. But running on empty will only deliver so-so work. To get back up to standards, you need to recharge.
Do an activity where work isn’t the main focus. Play a sport, go for a run, or read a book. When you let your mind wander away from the stresses of your business, you allow your creative juices to flow and you can tackle the problem with a fresh perspective.
As entrepreneurs in the health and fitness industry, we know how important exercise is for the body and the mind. But when we get busy, swapping a run for a conference call might seem to make sense.
If you had to skip a work out during the week, make it back up over the weekend. Go for a bike ride, join a class, or just hit the gym. Your body will thank yourself after.
When you don’t have any days away from the office, you need to find a way to make life and work co-exist. Your weekend time is an opportunity to get away from the day-to-day, spend time with your friends and family, and tackle a few projects that have been on your to-do list. If you’re a successful entrepreneur, you know how to use the downtime on your weekend productively and in a way that can continue to fuel your business.
In order to reach your goals, you need to view your weekends differently. Stop wasting your time and sleeping until noon. There are things to get done. These 7 weekend habits of highly successful entrepreneurs will make sure that happens.
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