How do you spend your weekend? Do you work?
A new study from Stanford found that productivity per hour declines sharply when the work week exceeds 50 hours, and it drops off so much after 55 hours! So people who work as much as 70 hours (or more) per week actually get the same amount done as people who work 55 hours. Those extra hours are wasted.
So after those 55 hours what do we do? Here are some tips from successful people on how to spend your weekends.
- Robert Iger: Get Up Early
Rober Iger is CEO of Disney and gets up at 4.30 EVERY morning – Yes even weekends. Robert is not the only successful person to make this claim. Successful people take their weekends just as serious as their work days.
Starting your Saturday or Sunday before anyone else. Hitting the gym or reading a book will leave you feeling more refreshed than if you wasted an extra two or three hours laying in bed staring at the ceiling.
This Disney CEO is not the only executive claiming to rise at 4:30 every morning. Successful people do not stay in bed until 2 p.m. on a Sunday. Or even 11 a.m. Research shows that our brains are sharpest two and a half to four hours after waking. Get up early on a weekend and you’ve got a head start on the rest of the world.
- Benjamin Franklin: Have a Plan
Apparently, this Benjamin Franklin asked himself every morning, “What good shall I do today?”
You don’t need a minute-by-minute agenda but three to five planned activities can improve your weekend and avoid a situation where you are mindlessly watching television or browsing the internet.
Planning also lets you savour the joy of anticipating something fun; psychology research shows we’re often happier anticipating an event, like a holiday, than we are during or after it.
- Richard Branson: Give Back
This billionaire entrepreneur says that “it is amazing how focusing your mind on issues like health, poverty, conservation and climate change can help to re-energize your thinking in other areas.”
Tom Corley, author of Wealthy Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals, found through his research for the book that 73% of the 233 wealthy people he studied for 5 years volunteer 5+ hours a month. Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, all donate to different causes.