As an entrepreneur I have quickly learned that good working habits don’t start on a Monday and end on a Friday. As entrepreneurs we work longer hours and are fueled by a drive to succeed. That fuel is what gets us up at the crack of dawn and has us looking at our laptops at the wee hours of the night.
The weekend often becomes an extension of the previous work week or a time to prepare for the week ahead. We don’t need or want rest from our jobs because let’s face it… Entrepreneurs love their job!
Here are 3 things every entrepreneur should do on the weekend:
Plan for the week ahead – The successful entrepreneur doesn’t wait until Monday morning to plan the week. Sunday is the perfect day to sit down and create your list for the upcoming week. After spending time reflecting on the prior week, you will have a good idea of what you need and want to accomplish. Use this time to review upcoming meetings, schedule important tasks, book upcoming meetings and schedule some time to work towards your goals.
Avoid Multi-Tasking – It may be tempting to prep tonight’s dinner while creating your to-do list for the week, but successful people have learned that multi-tasking simply reduces effectiveness and efficiency. In fact it may end up costing you more time in the end. Slot time in your calendar for each task and turn off your notifications on your email, phone and social media accounts while you are completing those tasks (easier said than done).
Keep Your Priorities In Check – Let’s face it, being an entrepreneur is a 24/7 job and we love it, but work- life- balance are 3 words not to dismiss. Create a check list of what family and life priorities are needed and schedule your “work” time around them. This might mean getting up before the family does to squeeze in some quality work time, or putting in some late evenings. This is where the balance part comes in.
These three weekend habits, if stuck to, are habits that can help increase your productivity and efficiency come Monday morning. As entrepreneurs aren’t we always looking to maximize our efficiency!