Career coaches are a great source of information when it comes to that ever-elusive lifetime goal, which most of us seek – success. What makes someone successful? A combination of factors, of course, but, in essence, according to Roy Cohen (who wrote The Wall Street Professional’s Survival Guide) success is a happy balance between meeting one’s own financial goals and being genuinely satisfied with what one does. These days, with a shaky employment market and an equally uncertain economy, career coaches are noting an increase in the number of employees who report feeling dissatisfied, overworked, and insufficiently motivated. The status quo, in turn, has determined employment experts to take a closer look at the workers’ spare time. The conclusion is that spare time is just as important as time on the job, which is why today we’re looking at seven weekend habits for career success. If you want to spend your leisure time in a way that will prove beneficial for your work time, here’s what you should do on Saturdays and Sundays.
- Spend time with loved ones. This one is as self-explanatory as they get, yet many professionals nowadays seem to ignore the importance of recharging one’s emotional batteries at the weekend. Psychology experts explain that not spending much time with family and friends during the work week exerts a lot of emotional pressure on workers. As such, the weekend should be dedicated to spending at least some time with them.
- Work out. It might not be what you want to hear, but being physically active on the weekends is a great way to stay energized for a new week at the office. Warmer months in particular should be spent outdoors as much as possible. You can do something as simple as taking a long walk in the park, you can cross-train, but you can also take up a team sport, or a group activity such as biking or hiking, in order to socialize with other professionals in your line of work, in a more relaxed environment.
- Work on a hobby. Disregard the word ‘work’ and focus on an activity you truly love. It might be a craft or a form of art, or something more hands-on, such as working in the garden or tinkering on the family car. Whatever you choose, you need to be passionate enough about it that, at the end of the weekend you feel fulfilled and energized, rather than more pressured than before.
- Get the chores out of the way. When you spend five days a week handling tasks and completing assignments, weekend chores turn into an excruciating ordeal. The experts agree that one should have as few things as possible to take care of on weekends, either around the house or in town. However, if there are things you absolutely must do, make sure you impose a timeframe and stick to it, so you can enjoy the rest of your weekend.
- Get away. Easier said than done, when you’re not as successful as you would like to be, right? Not quite. A weekend getaway doesn’t have to be expensive to be meaningful. You can choose to drive to the closest natural attraction and camp out there – or even come back home at the end of the day. In this scenario, the destination isn’t as important as the mere change of scenery that a short break away from the city can bring.
- Find your cause. Helping the less fortunate and those in need is one of the best and simplest ways to boost morale, while also working at something you love. Numerous Wall Street regulars choose to volunteer at hospitals, soup kitchens or community centers on the weekend, since it allows them to give back to the community, engage with people, and work toward a cause they hold dear.
- Take a technology fast. This concept is growing in popularity, as more and more experts in human psychology warn against the tech addiction many of us experience on a daily basis. You don’t have to be as drastic as to spend the entire weekend without any technology (although, if you’re comfortable with this notion, go ahead and try it out). But a break of at least a few hours, with no phone in sight and no PC screen glare, can work wonders in order to help you relax. Turn off your Internet connection and let your mind wander. And forget about those emails you need to send!