When you’re an entrepreneur, your schedule usually consists of working seven days per week. As everyone else gets ready for the weekend, you’re still making payroll, filling out forms and on a Saturday afternoon, you are keeping tabs on your marketing campaign. It may be counterintuitive, but using your weekend for work can actually burn you out and hurt your small business.
For most people, the weekend is meant for relaxing, catching up on sleep, spending time doing things you really want to do and staying up late. For entrepreneurs, the weekend is a time for being productive. But what if you could be productive on Saturday and Sunday without really working?
Indeed, there are plenty of ways to actually be productive on weekends and holidays without ever working on your business. This could consist of anything from reading books to ironing out your clothes for the upcoming week. Whatever the case, small business owners can actually have a right balance of productivity and relaxation.
Here are five ways entrepreneurs can be productive on weekends without working:
1. Plan a Schedule First Thing in The Morning
As soon as you wake up on Saturday or Sunday morning, create a schedule for what you will do for the rest of the day. Instead of wasting time and fidgeting around, you can have a detailed plan for how you’ll spend your free time. If you have a schedule, or at least an outline, of your Saturday then it’ll be a productive one.
2. Catch up With What Really Matters in Life
Here are a few things that really matter in life: your family, your health and that’s pretty much it. When you’re an entrepreneur, it’s quite likely that you’ll neglect your spouse, children and health for a large chunk of the week. When the weekend comes, this is your time to become superdad or supermom, superhusband or superwife. This helps recharge your batteries and encourages you to succeed even more.
3. Maintain a Weekday Routine on Saturday and Sunday
All of us tend to forget about our weekday routines once Saturday and Sunday arrive. Instead of waking up at 7 a.m. on Saturday, we’ll sleep in until noon and then go to bed at 1 a.m. If you’re an entrepreneur, push ahead with your same weekday schedule. For instance, if you wake up at 5 a.m. Monday to Friday to go for a jog then maintain this schedule on the weekend.
4. Fill Your Mind With Knowledge
Gaining knowledge is one of the most productive things you can accomplish in your spare time. Whether it’s reading, watching a TED Talk or catching up on current events, whenever you fill up your mind with something new and valuable then you’re being productive. Besides, this newfound knowledge can, perhaps, later be utilized for your business.
5. Prepare Yourself for the Upcoming Week
You can prepare yourself for the upcoming week ahead without having to hone in on business affairs. How? Well, if you wear a suit everyday then you can iron your pants and shirts; if you know you’ll have plenty of emails Monday morning then you can check them right after dinner on Sunday night; or you can start preparing your lunch or creating a weeknight dinner menu. Preparation eats a lot of our time so doing this on a weekend can make you more productive the following week.
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In today’s world, we seem to have a competition as to who is awake the most, who has worked the most and who is stressed out the most. Entrepreneurs fall into this trap as well. They believe they can only be successful if they work 18 hours a day, seven days a week. However, there is a difference in working many hours and working with smarts. Some people can do an entire day’s work in one morning. Why? Because they’re productive by working smartly. You should, too, and the aforementioned steps can get you there.