Most “nine-to-fivers” tune out for the weekend, grab a bag of potato chips, and catch the game– but not highly successful entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurs tend to spend their spare time more wisely because they realize that if they want to be successful, they have to be proactive. For that reason, their weekends tend to bear a close resemblance to their work week. But it’s not about grinding 24/7, or being a workaholic, it’s about mastering time management. The key to maximizing your time is to create habits that can be carried over to the weekend to increase productivity and help you refuel so you can make the most of the coming work-week.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
While individuals vary in their strategies, there are certain trends that pop up again and again when highly successful entrepreneurs answer the question “what do you do with your weekend?” Below I’ve collected a list of their most popular and useful answers.
Give their tips a try and you can become more productive, too… even on the weekend.
1. HOWARD SCHULTZ: WAKE UP EARLY.
The majority of high performers have made a habit of rising early– even on the weekends; take Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks for example, he gets up every day at 4:30am. You just don’t see really successful business people sleeping in until 11am, even on the weekends. And there’s actually science behind it. In a 2008 study, Harvard biologist Christoph Randler discovered that early risers are more proactive. He found that morning people also foresee problems and try to minimize them. So set your alarm a few hours ahead and see what you can get accomplished. You may surprise yourself!
2. SPENCER RASCOFF: REFLECT ON THE BIGGER PICTURE.
Weekends free you from menial daily tasks that can keep you from seeing the big picture. Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow, says “My weekends are an important time to unplug from the day-to-day and get a chance to think more deeply about my company and my industry.” Take a cue from his success and make time on the weekends to reflect and think deeply about your company, your future, and the bigger picture.
3. RICHARD BRANSON: GIVE BACK.
Giving back can fill your life with purpose and a sense of achievement. No matter the struggles you may have gone through during the week with business, employees, or clients, you always have something to offer. As Anne Frank said, “No one has ever become poor through giving.” Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Group is an embodiment of Frank’s motto. Through charities, programs and other initiatives, Branson has taken on AIDS (Virgin Healthcare Foundation), nuclear weapons (Global Zero), climate change, and even war itself (The Elders). But don’t think that you have to save the world– entrepreneurs can make a major impact on the future by simply mentoring those just starting out.
Weekends present a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to re-charge and re-focus on taking care of their own health and wellness. After all, you can’t run a company if you’re not in a healthy mental or physical state. Naveen Jain, CEO of Moon Express, a space mining company, says that the most important weekend habit for his success is ” keeping mind, body and soul nourished. Reading, work out and meditating does that for me.”Jain has science to back him up, too. In fact, studies indicate that meditation is effective at reducing anxiety, depression, and blood pressure, while, at the same time, increasing creativity and focus. So, take a tip from the man who’s going to the moon and take time for yourself. Your future self will thank you for it!
5. JACK DORSEY: PREPARE FOR THE COMING WEEK.
Highly successful entrepreneurs know that planning on the weekend makes them more effective, and offers the opportunity to hit Monday ready to go. It also means that since they will be more organized, they can present employees with a clearer vision and direction. Jack Dorsey, Twitter and Square co-founder says “Saturday I take off. I hike. And then Sunday is reflections, feedback, strategy and getting ready for the rest of the week.” With two massively successful companies, who could argue with his advice? Give planning a try and we promise you’ll see results.
For super successful entrepreneurs, leisure time can be a precious commodity– that’s why it’s so important to use it wisely. Use the 5 simple tips above to stop wasting your weekends and maximize your time and impact. Entrepreneurs who integrate these winning habits into their daily routines will not only be following in the steps of some of the most successful men on earth, they will be steps ahead of the competition.
What are some of your favorite weekend habits for success? Let me know in the comments!