1. Make time for family and friends. This is especially important for those who don’t spend much time with their loved ones during the week.
2. Exercise. Everyone needs to do it, and if you can’t work out 4 to 5 days during the workweek, you need to be active on weekends to make up for some of that time. It’s the perfect opportunity to clear you mind and create fresh ideas.
3. Pursue a passion. There’s a creative director of a greeting card company who went back to school to pursue an MFA because of her love of art.Pursuing this passion turned into a love of poetry that she now writes on weekends. Successful people make time for what is important or fun,and they make space for activities that add to their life balance.
4. Vacation. Getting away for the weekend provides a great respite from the grind of an intense week at work.
5. Avoid chores. Every weekend has a few have-to-dos, but you want these to take the minimum amount of time possible. Create a small window for chores and errands, and then banish them from your mind the rest of the time.
6. Plan.Planning makes people more effective, and doing it before the week starts means you can hit Monday ready to go, and means you’ll give clear directions to the people who work for you, so they will be ready to go, too.
7. Gardening/crafts/games/sports/cooking/cultural activities. This is especially important for those cooped up in an office all week. Bridge lessons and groups can also sharpen the mind and often create relationships among highly competitive smart professionals.Theatre, opera and sporting events can also enrich one’s spirit.
8. Network. Networking isn’t an event for a successful person, it’s a lifestyle. Wherever they go and whatever they do, they manage to connect with new people.
9. Reflect. Truly successful people make time on weekends to appreciate what they have and reflect on their happiness and accomplishments. Weekends are a great chance to reflect and be more introspective about bigger issues.
10. Recharge. We live in a competitive world.Peak performance requires managing downtime, too–with the goal of really recharging your batteries.That’s how the most successful people get so much done.