Everybody’s working for the weekend, but how you spend your two days off may say something about how successful you are.
What you get up to doesn’t really matter, per se. If you prefer lounging around the house to spontaneous adventures, that’s great! You probably need that time to wind down.
When it comes to weekends, the main thing that separates successful people from unsuccessful people is mindfulness.
Are you planning ahead and truly thinking about how to spend your free time?
Here are 11 things that unsuccessful people tend to do over the weekend — and why to avoid them:
Not every minute of every hour of your weekend needs to be planned out, but it's good to have a general idea of what you'd like to do or get done -- even if you're just scheduling downtime.
That will allow you protect your time, and maybe even schedule in some fun events.
Maybe you drank too much on Friday and are recovering. Maybe you're just super tired. Either way, this could really mess up your sleep cycle, and you probably need to fix that.
You pinch pennies all week, and then blow it all over the weekend.
Heck, you should treat yourself every once in a while. That being said, if you're overspending on the weekends on frivolities that you don't need, then it's time to consider some cheap but fun options, like staycations or free local events.
Chilling out over the weekend can definitely be a great way to unwind. But if your slothfulness is making you bored or bummed out -- or causing you to neglect important errands and chores -- then you may want to rethink how you spend your Saturdays and Sundays.
At the other end of the spectrum are people who pack too much into their weekend schedule.
In order to be productive, and therefore successful at work, it's important to use the weekend to recharge your batteries. If your weekends include zero downtime, then you'll never feel rested or refreshed, which can be detrimental to your success.
Sunday nights are the perfect time to plan for the week ahead. You can make a to-do list, update or review your calendar, or just think about what it is you'd like to accomplish in the coming days. Unsuccessful people fail to do any of the above.
Jacquelyn Smith contributed to a previous version of this story.
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