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It is eventually Friday and you are ready for the weekend! What do you have planned? Weekends can go to waste if you don't schedule something fun to do on them. Make time for family and friends, do some gardening or go away for the weekend. These are the weekend habits of successful people.

 

In this article written by Jacquelyn Smith, she has a list of what successful leaders and entrepreneurs do on the weekend. If your career is getting tough, be sure to follow what the best are doing on the weekends.

11 weekend habits that successful people do

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.

More than ever, it is important to work on your relationships, make your love habits stronger now.

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.

Exercising and keeping fit have some great benefits. Exercise helps to keep you healthy, it helps you sleep better, improves your mood and certainly gives you more energy to tackle the challenges that life brings on a daily basis. However, along with the benefits of keeping fit, there are some habits that we would do better to avoid, like drinking too much alcohol on the weekend.

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.”

Successful people make time for what is important or fun, they make space for activities that add to their life balance.

4. Vacation.

Getting away for the weekend provides a great respite from the grind of an intense week at work.

Get the most out of your work and play by giving your weekends, as well as your leisure time a little structure too.

5.  Disconnect.

The most successful people avoid e-mail for a period of time, Vanderkam says. “I’m not saying the whole weekend, but even just a walk without the phone can feel liberating. I advocate 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. 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.

7. 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,” Vanderkam says.

Go out with friends and family, or get involved in the local community. “It has been demonstrated that successful people find great satisfaction in giving back,” Cohen says. “Board membership, for example, also offers access to other successful folks.”

8. Gardening/crafts/games/sports/cooking/cultural activities.

This is especially important for those cooped up in an office all week. “For the pure joy, some folks find great satisfaction in creating beautiful gardens,” Cohen says.

Bridge lessons and groups can also sharpen the mind and often create relationships among highly competitive smart professionals, Cohen says. “I once saw a printout of a bridge club’s membership list; its members were a who’s who of Wall Street.” Theatre, opera and sporting events can also enrich one’s spirit, he adds.

9. Network.

“Networking isn’t an event for a successful person, it’s a lifestyle,” Trunk says. Wherever they go and whatever they do, they manage to connect with new people.

10. Reflect.

Egan says truly successful people make time on weekends to appreciate what they have and reflect on their happiness and accomplishments. As Rascoff said, “weekends are a great chance to reflect and be more introspective about bigger issues.”

11. Meditate.

Classes and private instruction offer a bespoke approach to insight and peace of mind, Cohen says. “How better to equip yourself for success in this very tough world?”

In order for you to get the extraordinary benefits that meditation and mindfulness have to offer, you need to practice consistently. To achieve new levels of clarity, relaxation, focus, and mindful presence, you need to find a way to make meditation a regular part of your routine.

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