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Six weekend habits of highly successful people

Weekends are the time to remind yourself of the forgotten little things — to keep your work-life harmony (the new ‘balance’) in check and reset if needed. Spending time with your friends, children or partner might not directly increase profits that day or propel you into the limelight, but that doesn’t make it any less important. “Things don’t have to change the world to be important,”  said Steve Jobs.

1. Get up early

Robert Iger, Disney CEO gets up at 4:30 every morning. Successful people do not stay in bed until 11 a.m on a weekend. Research shows that your brain is sharpest two and a half to four hours after waking. So, get up early on a weekend and you’ve got a head start on the rest of the world.

2. Have a plan

The question Benjamin Franklin asked himself every morning, “What good shall I do today?” Ask a successful person and they’ll tell you the importance of daily goals. This  includes weekends. Sure, they can be a time for (planned and purposeful) rejuvenation, but you don’t have to be President to know that general slacking off is not an option.

3.  Don’t multi-task

Timothy Ferris knows that multi-tasking is so 2005. As much as it’s tempting to maximize your weekend productivity by running on the treadmill while calling your father and trolling your newsfeed, successful people know how this just reduces efficiency and effectiveness. Rather, be present for each single activity. Ferris says a maximum of two goals or tasks per day to will help you ensure productivity and accomplishments align.

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4. Stay active

Anna Wintour, Vogue’s editor-in-chief plays tennis for one hour every day. And she’s not the only one making time for exercise. Richard Branson kite surfs and India’s fourth-richest billionaire is a serial marathon runner. Successful people know how important an active body is for an active mind — weekends included.

5. Make time for hobbies

Warren Buffet may be considered the most successful investor of the 20th century, but in his “spare” time he likes to play the ukulele. Ofcourse, golfing on Saturdays can be a great way to network and source business opportunities. But, even solo hobbies — knitting like Meryl Streep or oil painting like George W. Bush — can aid success through fostering creativity and relieving stress.

6. Get ready for the rest of the week

Jack Dorsey, the Twitter and Square co-founder is notorious for 16-hour work days from Monday to Friday but says, “Saturday I take off. I hike. And then Sunday is reflections, feedback, strategy and getting ready for the rest of the week.” Forget Sunday blues, let’s call it “Sort-Your-Life-Out Sunday.” Laura Vanderkam, author of “What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend,” says successful people know that weekends are actually the secret weapon in professional success: “You need to hit Monday ready to go.”

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