In order to be successful, we all have to work everyday; mostly on an 8am-5pm schedule. Most working class individuals usually look forward to fridays because of the weekend so as to catch up and have drinks with friends.
Instead of heading down to drinking spots, why not try some inspiring, unique and stimulating activities? Trust me, it may be tempting to go straight home after work, change into night dresses and drink a bottle of wine. But in the long run, that may not be a recipe for success. It turns out the most productive people have unique strategies to rest and recharge after a long day of work.
Some of the things they do are:
1. Reflect on your accomplishments. It’s far too easy to wallow over what you didn’t accomplish. Remind yourself of how much progress you’ve made, no matter how small. Appreciating your accomplishments not only boosts your happiness levels, but it fuels momentum.
- Figure out your priorities for the following week. Successful people take time on Friday afternoon to reflect on their professional and personal lives and determine three to five major priorities they want to accomplish for each week.
- Establish a schedule and to-do list for the following week. Don’t just prioritise, plan. If you assign each priority a deadline, things are likely to get done. You want to hit Monday morning knowing what you need to do, so you’re not wasting that time figuring this out. Having a plan for Monday also results in a more relaxed weekend.
- Carve out time for the following week. Most people can easily fall into the workaholic trap and lose sight but always prioritize and plan for downtime. Think about how you can maintain their work-life balance the following week. Understand that for you to be at their best, to be most productive, and to accomplish everything you need to during the following week, you need to have some free time.
- Get organized. Take 15 to 30 minutes every Friday afternoon to clean out and organize email files and your office, so that you know you are returning to a fresh, organized start the following week.
- Let people know how accessible you’ll be that weekend. Set ground rules before leaving, both with yourself and key people around you. Let your staff and co-workers know whether they plan to respond to emails or voice mails over the weekend, and if so, when.
- Think about weekend plans. If you don’t already have weekend plans by Friday afternoon, you should take some time to think about what you’d like to do. Perhaps you’ve been dying to try that new restaurant; you really want to spend time with your kids or you have errands you’ve been putting off. Take a few minutes, before it’s too late, to make reservations etc.
- Plan a fun Friday activity. Some people have a fun ritual that helps them create a definitive divide between their workweek and weekend. It may be an afternoon cocktail with a group of friends, or a regularly scheduled gym workout or game of tennis, Kerr explains. What’s key is that it be something you look forward to, so it is viewed it as a reward for reaching the end of the week, and that it’s something that gives you a complete mental shift.
- Acknowledge others accomplishments and hard work. Your employees go home feeling appreciated, happier, and more relaxed, but it also helps you feel better and happier, as well.
- Be nice. Say goodbye to people around the office. A simple, “have a nice weekend” can go a long way. This is especially important for managers and company owners. It’s especially important on a Friday afternoon to give both yourself and the people you work with a sense of closure to the week and a chance to connect, if even briefly, before everyone departs.