After working inside an office for 40+ hours during the week, everybody looks forward to the weekend. Having a few days off to recharge is a necessity for any worker. The question is how to have an efficient weekend that will result in a productive week?
The key is to find a balance between having your personal time over the weekend and getting ready for the week ahead. It’s important to do something you enjoy during your free time. Whether it be spending time with your family, doing your favorite hobbies, or enjoying the beautiful weather, taking a mental break is important so you won’t feel too burnt-out.
It is very important to get a sufficient amount of rest and sleep during the weekend too. Going back to work Monday morning while feeling exhausted is a recipe for being unproductive and stressed. You want to find a happy medium of doing enjoyable activities, but keeping in mind the fact that resting is an important part of the weekend.
While it is very tempting to take your mind completely off your job during the weekend, this could also lead to being more stressed out, especially because the dreaded Monday comes around sooner than you think. Making a game plan for the week can really help relieve stress and will make you much more productive knowing you are accomplishing your goals. When you show up on Monday morning with no plan and you’re just winging it, will most likely bring you stress and confusion.
Stress lowers productivity and that’s not the way you want to start your work week. Whether it be after work on Friday or on Sunday evening, take an hour or so to brainstorm a basic plan for the upcoming week. You will be surprised on how big of a positive effect this can have. That still leaves you with 98% of the weekend where you don’t have to think about work. It’s a sacrifice you’ll be happy you made.
It seems like there are always things to think about and stuff to do. Finding a balance for all of this is the most important thing. Enjoy your weekend, but also do yourself a favor and prepare yourself for the week ahead. You will see your productivity, happiness and work significantly increase and that’s the goal of every employee.