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“A successful person is usually one who has achieved a measure of happiness and fulfillment in their work, family, and spiritual life (however that is defined for the individual). Most successful people need to feel a sense of accomplishment and are self-motivated to tackle the next challenge.” - Executive coach Dale Kurow
According to a recent Forbes article, these are the 14 things successful people do (or should be doing) on weekends:
1. Make time for family and friends. This is especially important for those who don’t spend much time with their loved ones during the week.
2. Exercise. Everyone needs to do it, and if you can’t work out 4 to 5 days during the workweek, you need to be active on weekends to make up for some of that time, which is the perfect opportunity to clear your mind and create fresh ideas.
3. Pursue a passion. “There’s a creative director of a greeting card company who went back to school to pursue an MFA because of her love of art,” Kurow says. “Pursuing this passion turned into a love of poetry that she now writes on weekends.”
4. Vacation. Getting away for the weekend provides a great respite from the grind of an intense week at work.
5. Disconnect. The most successful people avoid e-mail for a period of time, taking a ‘tech Sabbath.’ If you don’t have a specific religious obligation of no-work time, taking Saturday night to mid-day Sunday off is a nice, ecumenical time that works for many people.
6. Volunteer. “I know a commercial real estate broker who volunteers to help with cook-off events whose proceeds are donated to the Food Bank,” Kurow says. “The volunteer work provides a balance to the heavy analytical work she does all week and fulfills her need to be creative — she designs the promotional material for the nonprofit.”
7. Avoid chores. Every weekend has a few have-to-dos, but you want these to take the minimum amount of time possible. Create a small window for chores and errands, and then banish them from your mind the rest of the time.
8. Plan. Planning makes people more effective, and doing it before the week starts means you can hit Monday ready to go, and means you’ll give clear directions to the people who work for you, so they will be ready to go, too.
9. Socialize. Humans are social creatures, and studies of people’s experienced happiness through the day finds that socializing ranks right up there, not too far down below sex.
10. Gardening/crafts/games/sports/cooking/cultural activities. This is especially important for those cooped up in an office all week.
11. Network. Networking isn’t an event for a successful person, it’s a lifestyle – wherever they go and whatever they do, they manage to connect with new people.
12. Reflect. Truly successful people make time on weekends to appreciate what they have and reflect on their happiness and accomplishments.
13. Meditate. Classes and private instruction offer a bespoke approach to insight and peace of mind.
14. Recharge. We live in a competitive world and peak performance requires managing downtime, too–with the goal of really recharging your batteries. That’s how the most successful people get so much done.
All good points.
Great points, Travis. Even more important that your Number 3 -Persue a Passion! is FINDING your passion and then making time for it. It can become your escape and your therapy.
Exercising and pursuing a passion are things to do on weekdays, too, although it is often difficult to fit in. Personally, I find cooking relaxing, but only when I choose to, not when I have to.
A few of those, yes. But you can't fit all of that in on the weeeknd by any means. The successful person doesn't plan most of that, they just do it as a result of the kind of person they are . I doubt many people will be successful trying to follow a "formula" for success.
Gardening, exercising, praying, reading, movie watching, and just plain "hanging out with my husband"!
Top of my list is hiding my work laptop and work smartphone in a drawer and leaving them be until Monday morning. It's not always easy to make my time my own, but it's an invaluable way to create balance for me.
Unplugging is key. No one ever died wishing they'd spent more time chained to their desk.
These are definitely things to aspire to but, unfortunately, it's difficult in our profession. I think being a lawyer today is very different than what it may have been like generations ago (before blackberries and cell phones). It's hard to disconnect at any time, regardless of whether it is a weekend or not. I'm not sure how to change the culture to improve the chances that lawyers will have a chance to do things on the list above, but it is something to work towards.
I agree that the problem today is the expectation of clients (whether internal for corporate legal departments or external) that lawyers will respond instantaneously to every e-mail. When I am suffering from electronic overload, such as at the end of a deal where the e-mail traffic has been particularly intense, I find it helpful to use an out of office message in Outlook in order to get a weekend free of e-mail. It helps set expectations about when I will respond and avoids having the client think that the message was ignored.
Having a hobby is essential! Unplugging from work every weekend and giving time to a hobby or even friends and family, can help refresh the mind and relax the body!
Agree. You have to enjoy what you are doing to be sucessful and take time out to enjoy your free time.