April 9, 2015 | 3 minutes

Ways Many Business People Spend Their Weekends

By Nathan Strum

When constantly striving towards being successful,do you work on weekends? Is work off limits those two days? Are weekends the days to try to play catch up with things you did not get done during the week? If you are not playing catch up with items on your checklist, do you feel like you wasted two days where you could have been really productive? Now, what’s the right answer? What do highly successful entrepreneurs do on the weekend? After reading numerous articles on this subject, here is what Oprah, Forbes and The Business Insider suggest:

Make appointments with yourself

Successful business owners commonly set aside time to do what they love. The Business Insider uses Mike Huckabee as an example. He states, “If you know you want to read a book, then get the book out and have it set aside and make plans to read it. Say it’s going to be at 1. When that starts, get on it. Don’t wait until that afternoon, then think — could I read? Or listen to some music? Or take a walk? Then you’ll sit about wasting an hour of what little time you have figuring out what to do with the rest of it.”

Make time for family and friends

Many find it alleviating spending time with the kids or their family on the weekends. Getting away from your business mentality and turning on mom or dad mode quickly helps you focus on something other than that pending assignment at work or your email inbox. Forbes weighs in, “This [spending time with family and friends] is especially important for those who don’t spend much time with their loved ones during the week.”

Enjoy your mornings

While many like to sleep in on the weekends, and I don’t blame you, others find it best to get things out of the way earlier. The Business Insider notes, “If you’re training for a marathon, it’s less disruptive for your family if you get up early to do your four-hour run than if you try to do it in the middle of the day. To get up early, you’ll probably have to avoid staying up late the night before, but this is a good idea in general.”

Limit doing housework

Oprah notes that the weekend is to disconnect and relax, so you are refreshed at the beginning of the work week. Housework consumes a lot of time, if you allot that much time for it. She noted how chores will take less time to complete, if you have less time. She suggests getting bits and pieces done during the workweek, so you do not have to spend so much time on your rest days cleaning. Oprah states, “Throw a load of laundry in before dinner and have the kids either do the dishes after or fold. Make a quick trip to the grocery store at 8:30 p.m. on a Wednesday. The place will be so empty you’ll zoom through.”

Providing your best performance requires you to recharge your battery. The weekend is useful to create a fresh feeling within yourself. I’ll leave you with a quote that Oprah reported, “Reinhart puts it, failing to relax, run and refresh on weekends ‘makes me not a good husband, not a good dad and a terrible CEO.’”



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