13 things successful people do over 3-day weekends

Most successful people plan out (or at least think about) what they will do over three day weekends.

“Successful people recognise how important it is to take advantage of a long weekend to refuel their passions and recharge their batteries,” says Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of “You Can’t Be Serious! Putting Humour to Work.”

They work extra hard the days leading up to the three-day weekend in order to maximise their leisure time, adds Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behaviour and Thrive in Your Job.” They also compartmentalise any work-related tasks that slip into their three-day weekends, separating them from their coveted leisure time. “They know that if the two blend into each other, they will likely feel cheated afterward,” she says.

Planning ahead for a three-day weekend is important because you don’t want to squander the relatively rare opportunity to decompress from the office. Taylor explains: “These extended weekends are different from the regular weekend because you know you have extra time to relax, tie up loose ends personally, catch up with important people in your life, or get ahead on a project. And time is a non-renewable resource. How you spend it should be consistent with what you need to accomplish short- and long-term to be content.”

Not sure how to make the most of the next long weekend? We’ve got some ideas.

Here are 13 things successful people do over three-day weekends:

3. They set technology guidelines.

Successful people set email and phone rules for themselves and the people they work with, so that people understand when, if at all, they will be available to respond or pick up.

'This can communicate to employees how critical it is for everyone to take a complete break, and that any and all work can wait,' Kerr explains. 'Although employees may assume this, they often need to hear it from their leader to be able to completely relax over a long weekend.'

9. They exercise.

Successful people understand how important exercise is to their physical and mental health -- so they don't get lazy and skip their workouts over holiday weekends.

11. They recharge.

We all need to rest and recharge our batteries from time to time. Successful people use three-day weekends to do this.

They do make plans and stay active -- but they also make sure to catch up on sleep and schedule some free time at the end of the weekend to unwind.

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