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Weekends are precious. These two consecutive days allow most of us to unwind from the weekly grind and take a break to do the things we love with people we love. While 48 hours may seem hardly consequential, cumulatively, weekends take up three and a half months of our year, which is more than enough time to pick up a skill. In fact, what we do and how we manage our time during the weekend might just be the key to gearing your life up for success.
If you’re intent on changing your lifestyle and making use of your time during the weekend, here are five tips that ensures your productivity not only works for the weekend, but will spill over into your workweek as well.
1. Plan and prioritise what’s important
Productivity starts with good planning. It may not seem revolutionary, but planning will help you identify important tasks that need to be done over the two days. Penning down meetings with others will also help you manage your time better, so that you are able to recognise blocks of free time for other activities. Planning and prioritising is also a valuable skill that should also be practised in the workplace.
2. Stay active and make time for hobbies
The weekend is not just your well-deserved break from a week at work, it’s also the best time to get in touch with your fun side and do the things you love. If you’ve always wanted to pick up an instrument, finish reading that book, or kick start your way to a healthy body, don’t wait for “someday”. Start this weekend and follow through. You never know, these “hobbies” might just change your life.
3. Single-tasking vs multi-tasking
The best way to finish a project is to give your full, undivided attention to it and see it through to its completion. Multi-tasking might save you a little time, but it will rarely result in your best work. Take it from science where research has shown that multitasking makes you less productive and might even lower your IQ. Focusing on a single task is also less taxing on your brain, and you will often get better results (and even satisfaction) once you check it off your to-do list. The same can also be applied in the office where you should finish that one report before you start on another task such as emailing or writing briefs, etc.
4. Reflect and give back
For those who find you have nothing to do during the weekend, meditating on your week is a great way to start connecting with yourself on a deeper level. Detaching yourself from the hustle and bustle of your workweek will help in managing stress and clearing your mind. Take this chance to reflect and gain insights on how you spend your time and you may even find the energy to give back to society. There are many organisations that will gladly welcome your time and effort such as Willing Hearts, the SPCA or even your local community centre. Volunteering your time will not only make your world a better place, even by a little, but also make you a better person.
5. Maintain the momentum
Lastly and most importantly, remember to practice these habits consistently. You won’t have much progress if you try out the above tips for a weekend or two.
Don’t wait till Monday rolls along before realising that you’ve spent another weekend lying on your back doing next to nothing. Start following these tips and you will be making every moment count before you know it.