The habits of successful people are a reflection of who these people are: goal-oriented high achievers who understand the need to use their energy in a sustainable way.
Successful people have long-term goals. Their habits are part of their long-term strategy to achieve these goals.
This is why they understand so well the concept of work-life balance. Not only that they need to stop and recharge, but they also need to take care of all the parts of the system: the body, the mind, and the heart.
Studies have shown that your weekend activities have an influence on how your next week will look like. And this is mainly because of the optimum amount of working hours per week.
Everything above 50 hours of work per week is considered unproductive. If you are working 70 hours a week, here’s the bad news: you lost almost half of the week without much value.
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However, that doesn’t mean that to be on top of your game during the week, it’s enough to sleep, watch TV and be a couch potato during the weekend.
Here are some ideas you can steal from the highly successful people who are, not necessarily, also highly famous.
What do you enjoy doing? What puts you in a state of flow? What makes you feel energized?
It doesn’t matter if it’s a hobby, sports, going for a walk in nature, painting, manual work, photography, you name it, just go do it.
Put away that phone, tablet, and anything with an internet connection.
You might be too addicted to appreciate the benefits, but you can start with a little time off the grid and increase it gradually.
Go talk to people. Face to face.
3. Get Social
Now that you are off the phone, tablet, internet and in the real world, you can start making time for family and friends.
Organize some interesting activities, have some conversations!
You might be surprised.
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4. Plan the Week Ahead
Even though this is better done before the weekend starts, it’s always a good idea to know how you want the next week to look like.
With a clear head, it’s easier to see the opportunities.
Yikes! Sorry, but it’s good for you.
6. Step Up Your Game
Read. Books. Go to see an art exhibition.
Make time for self-improvement (learn a language, get over that fear of public speaking, learn a craft).
It’s good for your brain.
If you want to learn more:
Stephen R. Covey – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R. Covey – First Things First
David Allen – Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity