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By Mary Gordon
College of IT Student Mentor
You can find numerous articles on how to be strategic and productive on the weekend. But are you guilty of letting your weekend become your “weak”-end? If so, it’s time to power up Saturday and Sunday.
Don’t squander away precious hours. It’s time to rev up your motivation. Each day, set aside a specific block of time for coursework. This will help you deflect distractions and obstacles. Take control of your time and your power to say, “No. Not right now.” This practice will give you more guilt-free time to spend with family and friends, on relationships and other responsibilities. See yourself as a weekend warrior—fueled, fearless, and focused.
Saturday and Sunday are not 48 hours to drop your Monday-through-Friday productivity armor. Saturday and Sunday are the most important days of the week to stay vigilant and make every hour awesome and productive. Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Use this quote as your personal energy boost to eradicate “weak”-ends.
While you’re at it, consider the advice of some highly successful and influential people:
Robert Iger (Disney CEO):
Research shows that our brains are sharpest 2½ to 4 hours after waking. So get up early on a weekend and you’ve got a head start on the rest of the world.
Benjamin Franklin (writer, scientist, and inventor):
Successful people know the importance of daily goals—the weekends are no exception. Slacking off is not an option.
Timothy Ferris (author and entrepreneur):
Don’t multi-task. He says this is so 2005—it reduces efficiency and effectiveness! Instead, be in the present. Try a maximum of two goals or tasks per day to ensure productivity and accomplishments align.
Anna Wintour (editor and chief, Vogue):
Get active. Successful people know the importance of an active body for an active mind—weekends included.
Steve Jobs (founder of Apple):
Prioritize what’s important. Weekends are the time to remind yourself of the forgotten little things—to keep your work-life harmony (the new “balance”) in check and reset if needed. Spending time with your friends, children, or partner might not directly increase profits that day or propel you into the limelight, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Schedule the time.
Warren Buffett (investor and philanthropist):
Make time for your hobbies/interests to foster creativity and reduce stress.
Oprah Winfrey (TV host, producer, and philanthropist):
The weekends can often be busier than weekdays with attempting to cram chores, exercise, family commitments, social engagements, and more into a 48-hour period. They don’t call it meditation “practice” for nothing. So try sitting in stillness for 20 minutes, twice a day.
Randi Zuckerberg (CEO of Zuckerberg Media):
Forget FOMO (fear of missing out) and embrace JOMO (joy of missing out). On weekends, we’re even more prone to FOMO. Successful people are often competitive, high achievers by nature, practicing an attitude of gratitude and resisting social-media-induced FOMO for a happy weekend. Because YOLO (you only live once)!
Bill Gates (founder of Microsoft):
Take time to reflect. He says, “It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” The weekends are a perfect opportunity to step back and reflect on the lessons of the previous week and to make improvements for the next.
Richard Branson (entrepreneur and investor):
Take time to give back; pay it forward. Nothing helps to put things in perspective and reduce stress more than helping those less fortunate. Weekends are a great time to get involved in local and community volunteer events. It is amazing how focusing your mind on other issues can help to re-energize your thinking in other areas.
Taylor Reed (entrepreneur and business owner):
Use persuasion motivation: Throughout the week, but especially on weekends, watch motivational movies and listen to inspiring music, such as “Win” by Brian McKnight.
So don’t let your workweek conclude on a “weak”-end. Give it a kick-start. Use it to evaluate how your day-to-day activities are taking you closer to your long-term and short-term goals. Power up this “weak”-end. Use Saturday and Sunday to focus on rejuvenation. Believe you can be productive and still relax and have fun. Pretty soon you’ll be calling your weekend your “strong-end”!
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