What are your weekend plans?
Really, I’d like to know what’s on your to-do list for this weekend.
Will you be grocery shopping, doing laundry, taking the kids here or there or just lounging around the home? The usual weekend pursuits, you’d say?
Whatever you’re planning just be sure to make time for you. This is an area I know I haven’t quite mastered.
I work too much. It’s not a good thing. In fact, I need improvement in the work-life balance department (any advice?). But it’s what I know and it keeps me going everyday.
See, I already did my fair share of staying out all night at the bars and clubs. As of the past couple years, work and productivity are all I’ve been focused on.
But I’m not a robot. I’m human. You’re human. We are wired for community, interaction, and self-expression. Work doesn’t always foster an environment for all of those things. It can include elements of them but it isn’t a vehicle to meet those needs. We need normal, everyday life.
When you make every weekend productive it’s rewarding to think about what you’ll have accomplished come Monday morning. You become excited on Friday afternoons thinking about how productive Saturday and Sunday will be.
But, admittedly for me, all that productivity can lack social fun and frivolous vegetation. These things can be helpful even though we don’t feel at that time they move our businesses forward.
You probably could advise me on how to loosen up this weekend but I’d like to give this a go. Here is my take on this weekend and how to attain a reasonable balance.
1. Make time for you
Set aside “you” time first by making it a priority. This is similar to the personal finance realm where you should take a certain amount right off the top of your income for “priority xyz.”
For some, you’re in savings mode so you take $100 out of your checks and stash them in savings. Or some of us take $50 as fun money and reward ourselves with tickets to movies, a nice lunch or dinner or maybe buy a new shirt.
This weekend try to set aside time for yourself. Invest time interacting with people that you’ve missed all week or call your family. Use this time to just vegetate for a few and watch the TV shows that you recorded by DVR.
Try cooking that recipe you read about or remove the clothes you have draped over your treadmill and actually fire up that bad boy and burn some calories.
Let’s all do something that makes us smile and laugh. Whatever that thing is that nourishes our souls while we’re doing it. Let’s do a lot of that this weekend.
2. Make time for your obligations
Obligations aren’t fun or glamorous but you have responsibilities. Set your priorities in place by writing them down this afternoon.
- What must you get done by Monday morning?
- What are your long-lead tasks and can you work on a portion of them this weekend?
Establish a schedule and adhere to it as best you can. If you know you have to get something done then be specific about the time you will complete it. Committing yourself to a time increases your chances of accomplishment.
Let’s jot down our “must-do’s” and maybe even go so far to commit Friday evening and before noon on both Saturday and Sunday to meet our obligations.
3. Make time for your business
This is last priority for this weekend. Maybe I’m just on a kick but it’s been a long week. I need soul food. You do too. This isn’t a record-setting weekend for capturing new clients, completely redesigning your website, writing articles or taking a”heady” marketing course.
Focus on high-level priorities but make it a short list. Let’s pick three to-do’s, tops. Make sure you write down the business action items that will yield the highest return on your invested time. This means no busy work!
Make it a weekend to restore your healthy work-life balance.
Leap out of your room or office and run to the front door. Let yourself outside and draw a deep breath of fresh air. Invest 5 minutes standing or sitting in silence in front of your home and just stare out into the trees, fields, or immense snow banks (if you’re experiencing weather similar to the Northeast).
Let’s break up our normal routines, especially if yours is like mine. Even workaholics need relaxation time to replenish our creativity and energy. Those breaks will help us maintain our normal pace at 200mph 8 days a week.
What will be your soul food this weekend?
Do you share the same work-life imbalance as me?
What would you add to help others (and me) get things done while still enjoying life?