When you hear the word productivity, I’m pretty sure you quickly imagine packing a lot of work and getting them done in a flash. This is a common misunderstanding. What you’re thinking of is ‘busyness.’ Productivity is not all about getting lots of work done, but getting work done effectively.
Therefore, the difference between a busy person and a productive person is not how much work they do, or how much time they spend doing work, but rather how effective they are in getting work done. This article provides you with various tips on how to have a productive weekend.
- Vary Up the Skills You Use
Whatever skills you use to carry out your old day’s job during the week, use the opposite skills on weekends. For example, if your job involves sitting at the desk all day, you should plan a weekend where you carry out projects or activities like hiking, skiing, or even a cookout. This change in skills helps wire your brain and takes away the negative block you have. It’s also a good way of helping you see life from a different perspective and ultimately you find new ways of dealing with work issues.
2. Don’t Try to Do Everything
Do not put pressure on yourself to get lots of work done, you don’t need to wake up to a long to-do list on a Saturday morning. You do this and you run a risk of overburdening yourself and accomplishing next to nothing.
Develop a habit of prioritizing your tasks based on the impact of each task and the time it takes to get each task done. That way, you’re able to rank your tasks accordingly.
Also don’t set yourself up by trying to accomplish everything at a go, learn to forgo unnecessary tasks that have little or no impact.
3. Prepare Your Weekend Schedule on Friday
There’s not a better catalyst for a productive weekend than healthy planning.
When you get back from work on Friday evening, look for time to create a schedule of how your weekend is going to be spent. Preparing your schedule on time helps you accomplish tasks faster and prevents breakdown from task overload.
4. Take Advantage of Your Mornings
“The early bird catches the worm” is a saying I’m sure you’re most familiar with. When you wake up early, it’s quiet and peaceful, the morning is slow and void of distractions.
This is the best time to get work done. When you prevent yourself from lazing about in the morning and jump straight into your tasks for the day, you accomplish tasks faster and set the tone for a stress-free day.
5. Take A Break
As much as you may want to get a lot of stuff done effectively, your brain needs a cooling break and so does the rest of your body. Knowing when to relax is a healthy way of maintaining a productive lifestyle. You may not get this opportunity during the week, so when the weekend comes, pick out a day and just REST.
6. Catch Up on Much Needed Sleep
As an adult, you already know the concept of sleep debt. Believe me, sleep is one of the worst things you can deprive your body of. Chronic sleep deprivation can increase your chances of obesity, heart disease, stroke, and even diabetes.
It can also affect your brain negatively and push down a downward spiral of depression and unhealthy habits. So, add a few extra hours when you sleep on weekends and let your brain recharge.
7. Clean Up
Yes, regardless of how you feel about this, you need to clean up your surroundings to help you become more productive.
If you have a lot of stuff just lying around with no purpose, get rid of them. The space you create gives you that satisfaction of breathing space.
When you create a good space for yourself, you’re able to relax more and this promotes self-esteem and a productive lifestyle.
Don’t allow your weekends to end up being a waste of time. Get yourself a good book, clean up the garage, visit old friends and family who are left out of your day-to-day flow.
One of the best ways to get rid of stress is to have a productive weekend.