Most people think of the weekend as some sort of a reward for their five days of hard work. It is the result of this free-flowing misunderstood notion that we end up with dull weekends, and duller weekdays.
The weekend is not a reward that sometimes you're forced to forego. It is the me-time to build yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically. If you think that the business world can thrive on mentally stressed, emotionally dry, and physically weak people, think again. A man has to function wholly in order to bring about the much-needed positive change in this world.
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From long-drives to solitary walks; from learning a new skill to fun time with family; from researching deep about the nature of our world and the connect your business has with it to chatting with people to gain insights, there are a host of things you can do (and need to do) to develop all the three components (mental, emotional, and physical) that make your self. Here are three ideas to help you make the most of your weekends:
Pat your back
A positive active mind is the basic necessity to achieve anything, be it big or small, in life. Make it a habit to write down your achievements of the week. They could be the big ones like winning a business deal, or it could be the small ones like managing to not cheat on your diet. Use the weekend to celebrate your achievements. It will add to your self-confidence.
Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.” – Nelson Mandela
Learn something new
Allocating the weekend to learning a new skill (in a structured way) is the key to the success. It is impossible to have total control over your weekdays. A lot of external factors lay claim to your time from Monday through Friday. Gaining control of the weekend to improve yourself in a new way is a great favour you can do to yourself.
“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” – Mary Kay Ash, Mary Kay Cosmetics Founder
Find time to be by yourself
Your weekday-life is crowded with people. They barge in and out of your minutes and hours leaving you exhausted.
The late French mathematician and physicist Blaise Pascal said, “All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.” So, take time to be quiet. The weekend is an ideal time to be by yourself, to collect and organise your thoughts
The weekend is not a break from the monotony of the routine. It is the me-time that needs to used intelligently to get closer to your dreams. Invest wisely in your weekends and reap great benefits, not just in your career, but also in life.