The age of unlimited information has made our job marketing more and more competitive. This means that our success isn’t as much based on skill anymore, as it is to availability and efficiency.
Here we share some tips that can allow you to have a way more productive weekend. Productive doesn’t always mean “work”. In order to be efficient we also need to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. So here is how to get the most out of the weekend and take advantage of those 48+ hours of our week.
- Maximize your mornings. Sleeping in feels great, but throws off our sleeping pattern. This makes for a very hard Monday morning. So instead, wake up early on the weekend and use your morning time to do something that you usually don’t have time for. Maybe fit in a workout or a short hike. Do something that will motivate you and energize you for the rest of the day. If you have a family to take care of, waking up earlier than then on the weekend gives you alone time to do all the things you can’t do while you’re making breakfast and cleaning up after the kiddos.
- Take a nap. Somewhere in some magazine I read that the perfect time to take a nap is on a Saturday afternoon. Since reading that I have taken a nap on a Saturday afternoon as often as I could. The week is tiring and stressful. Take the time on the weekend to catch up on some sleep without having to worry at what time you have to wake up or what needs to be done next.
- If you do choose to work, set a time limit. Sometimes it has to happen, and it’s okay. But make sure you are not letting work overpower your weekend. Prioritize what actually needs to get done that can’t wait until Monday, then give yourself a time limit to get it done. If you feel like you need to check your email over the weekend or return calls, schedule a time to do it so that you’re not checking your email and phone all day.
- Use the time to hone your skills. Like we mentioned earlier, the job market gets more and more competitive. The weekend is a good time to read a book, watch a tutorial video, or get some practices related to the skills you need to be successful in your career. It can always be something fun that will help you learn a new skill. If you’re in sales, maybe take an improv class to improve your conversation skills and confidence?
- Find a hobby or volunteer. Nothing feels better than helping someone and giving back. The hustle and bustle of the week often leaves us focused on nothing but work. Volunteer on the weekend. Maybe coach a little league team or become a mentor or tutor to someone. Or find a hobby that allows you to spend time with your family or friends. There are many, many options.
- Do something fun on Sunday night. The Sunday-Night-Blues is a real thing. The way to avoid it is by enjoying the time you have on Sunday night instead of spending that time thinking about your Monday morning. It can be something relaxing like a yoga class or maybe even a date night? The time will pass anyway, might as well enjoy it.
These are just some ways of making sure that the time on the weekend is going to good use. It is important to rejuvenate and take care of ourselves personally, in order to take care of others and our careers. If the dread for Monday morning is consuming your entire weekend, then maybe it’s a sign that it’s time to make a career change. (Might we mention that 5 North Inc is currently hiring, check out our job opportunities!).