As an entrepreneur (this goes for those of you who still have a job as well), you work hard all week long. You probably spend the majority of your waking hours thinking about, planning and creating the business you want. I recommend that you use the weekend to create the life that you want.
While you may find yourself working on your business 7 days a week, you need to find a day to rejuvenate and re-energize. We are so much more productive when we take a break from the 24/7 grind, and it also helps us avoid burn out . You’ll need all the energy you can get, running a business is a marathon, always remember that along the journey.
But just because the weekend is here, and you’ve created some downtown for yourself doesn’t mean you should shrug off all semblance of routine and ritual!
If you can make time and commit to doing just one of the following five things on the weekend, it’ll help you stay on track to being as productive, creative, and feeling as good as you can possibly be, both in business and in life.
#1: Sound The Alarm: Wake Up On Time
Fight the urge to throw your sleep schedule out the window on the weekend. A seemingly harmless decision, like sleeping in on weekend mornings, can throw your body clock off for the week ahead. Maintaining a healthy sleep routine is essential to your brain’s cognitive functions. By waking up at your regular time every day, you foster good sleep habits to ensure you’ve had the sufficient rest to come to work in a positive mood, ready to problem-solve and make sound decisions.
#2: Connect With Others: Volunteer
Volunteering is a great way to get involved, stay social, and connect with humanity. The benefits of volunteer work are many. It has positive effects on your physical and mental health, as well as your mood. “Volunteering builds empathy, strengthens social bonds and makes you smile — all factors that increase the feeling of love.”
You must be thinking, “Where am I going to find the time to volunteer? There aren’t enough hours in the day as it is!” Research actually shows that “giving your time to others can make you feel like you have more time instead of less.
Volunteer opportunities are plentiful and varied. Maybe you can do something that uses skills you don’t get an opportunity to hone in your business. Or how about something creative or soothing, like volunteering to cuddle newborns at your local hospital ? Awww So CUTE!
#3: Treat Yourself: Get A Massage (My Personal Fav)
Most people think of massage as a luxury, but more and more, massage is seen as a necessity for one’s health and well-being. Physical benefits include the stimulation of blood flow to your muscles, increased range of motion, decreased fatigue, and a boosted immune system. Massage also has multiple psychological and mental benefits, like reduced stress, increased relaxation, and a boost in endorphins, for that happy feeling.
But what you might not know is that massage can boost productivity and creativity. For many of us, we hold our tension in the upper shoulders and neck, which reduces blood flow and oxygenation of the head and scalp muscles. How clearly can you think when you’ve got a headache or are fatigued? We need oxygen in there so we can get your brain working optimally so those million dollar ideas can flow!
#4: Break Away: Disconnect All From Tech
Turning off your laptop and silencing your phone may be easier said than done, trust me I know. But it’s important and we all need to make time to unplug, and whether it’s one full day or just two hours, the break will be beneficial to you getting a much-needed recharge.
This time “away” might actually give you a moment to reflect so that you get a bigger picture of your business, possibly providing you with new insights that you might not see when you’re bogged down or distracted by emails or other work tasks.
I also suggest you fill this time with something or someone you love! Make time for family and friends. Go to the park with the kids. Or plan a Sunday brunch (yumm) . Alternately, get outside and get some exercise. When your body is pumping, you reduce stress and release endorphins. A healthy body allows your mind to function optimally, which will have an effect on your productivity and creativity.
#5: Set Your Intentions: Meditate
Right before the work week begins, perhaps take a minute or two, or five, or better yet, ten, to meditate and set your intentions for the week that’s about to begin.
Meditation not only improves your physical health by lowering stress levels and overall anxiety, it can also foster deeper and more meaningful personal relationships. You may even find that you experience improved cognitive functioning and increased productivity.
Ariana Huffington, President & Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post Media Group has blogged that, “[s]tress-reduction and mindfulness don’t just make us happier and healthier, they’re a proven competitive advantage for any business that wants one.”
Meditation is practiced by many wildly successful CEOs, as diverse as Oprah Winfrey, Chairwoman, and CEO of Harpo Productions Inc., Mimi Ikon, founder of Luxy Hair, and Def Jam Founder Russell Simmons aka Uncle Rush.
Working even just one of these five things into your schedule every weekend is sure to help you get the most out of your weekend. The benefits reaped will show in your improved mood, productivity, and creativity, having positive effects on both your business and your life.
Enjoy Your Weekend!