7 Tips On How to have a great weekend

Here are 7 tips I find useful in making
sure my weekend makes me a better
person on Monday.

1. Set a specific end time for work.
Workday creep is the killer of all good
weekends. I always plan my Friday with
a specific limit. If I don’t set that time, I
just keep finding things that need to be
done and soon, it’s Saturday. I don’t
mind if it’s late, but that time has to
guide how I schedule the day. Once the
time hits, I wrap up as quickly as
possible and call it a day.

2. Close out all loose ends.
Anything unfinished in your mind on
Friday will likely gnaw at you all
through the weekend. You don’t have to
finish all your work but you do want to
address any dangling issues. I always
make sure I have responded to all
incoming emails, even if only to say that
I will address it on Monday. I always
review my schedule and to-do lists for
the week to make sure I didn’t leave
anyone or anything major hanging. This
helps me rest with great peace of mind.

3. Start with a great meal.
Food is one of life’s most simple and
greatest pleasures. The weekend
deserves to be ushered in with a tasty
meal. It doesn’t have to be expensive or
fancy, but it needs to put a smile on
your face. Whether you get joy from
cooking it or having someone else cook
it at a restaurant so you can relax and
dine, fine. And it’s even better if you
can share it with friends or family who
make you happy.

4. Respect a Sabbath Time.
One of the many blessings I have from
growing up Jewish is the observance of
Sabbath. While I am not in the stricter
camp of people who don’t use
electronics or cook, I am a firm believer
in designating a time of rest and
relaxation. I may read something
entertaining or even watch a favorite
program. Regardless of the activity, it
must be non-work related. And I do
disconnect myself from the electronics
for at least a few hours during that time
to reduce the buzz.

5. Plan for some “Me” time.
Without the pressure of work and
people, the weekend is a perfect time to
focus on you. You can self reflect,
meditate, exercise or even learn a
language. Do something that helps make
you a better person. You want to start
Monday feeling that you are stronger
and more prepared to deal with the
world than ever before.

6. Have some social time.
As human beings, we thrive on social
interaction. Alone time is great and
necessary, but you also need to have fun
with others. It’s ok if your home friends
are also your work friends. It’s still
refreshing to spend non-work time
socializing and bonding. Even a long
talky lunch can help you vent out some
excess stress.

7. Spend time prepping for the coming
week.
Make sure you have the next week laid
out with the to-dos and appointments.
It’s best to do this on Friday before you
leave, but there will be thoughts and
ideas that happen over the weekend, so
if you take 20 minutes Sunday to add it
to everything you feel ready and raring
to go when you get to work on Monday

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