- Business Insider asked seven New York City-based CEOs how they spend their weekends.
- Many combine exercise and socialising.
- Some don’t work at all; some spend time on big-picture work projects.
It stinks to show up to work Monday morning and feel like you squandered your precious two days off.
That’s especially true if you’re an executive and need to be 100% on your game during the workweek.
So how exactly should you make the most of the (freakin’) weekend?
We asked seven New York City-based executives to tell us how they typically spend Saturdays and Sundays. Some work; some work out; some socialise; some do it all.
Read on for ideas you can implement in your own life, immediately.
If I'm in the city, I like to wake up early, get coffee, and get a few work projects done that I find hard to do during the week. On a weekday, I don't have a dedicated block of two to three hours that isn't interrupted by meetings or customer calls. So on the weekends it's more high-level, strategy, project-type work.
After that, I might go to the gym and try to make the remainder of my weekend focused on seeing friends and family.
On Saturdays I try to go to pizza restaurants and talk to owners. I have about 32 relatives who own pizzerias that are on Slice. Every single weekend, whenever I'm around, I'll try and visit their pizza restaurants.
I try to stay in touch with the challenges that they're facing and how Slice is solving their problems, but also learn what they don't like about Slice so that we can continue to improve.
I will also find some time to be a little more active, maybe by playing a pickup basketball game. It's that or catching up with family and friends.
My cofounder, Lydia, and I, from the very beginnings of our business, went on what we called 'strategy walks.' It started when she was based in San Francisco and we'd go up into Marin County and go on these beautiful hikes and think about the business we wanted to build together. That's really survived the chaos of the last couple years.
Almost every weekend we go on a long walk, most often down the West Side highway, and spend a couple hours outside, thinking about bigger-picture questions. Some of the more creative thinking happens then.
Early-morning workouts are a passion. I like to get up and sweat hard. It sets you up for a very productive day.
The weekends are about my own health and well-being, plus spending time with the kids and spending time with my wife. If it's summer, we're out doing things. If it's winter, it's ski season. We love to ski as a family.
I try to work only on a demand basis on the weekends. Unfortunately, given the job that I have, there are very frequent situations where there's an on-demand case. But I try to maintain a discipline where I work on an on-demand basis, not just work because it's a habit.
Because I don't get a ton of time to spend with my wife during the week, I often spend time with her. One of the things we most love to do is eat. It's not uncommon for us to go to a restaurant during the weekend; we're both huge fans of sushi.
If it's nice weather, I'll often play basketball and get into a pickup game, sometimes with other startup people.
Sometimes I'll chat with our users. That's kind of a hobby of mine, to get to know them better and really understand who they are so I can build a better product for them.
Sundays I'll often go to the church in the morning. Having that sense of community is really important. I grew up in a household where that was a priority.
It's something that's pretty meaningful to me, spirituality. It's nice to be able to disconnect from the professional side of things and put things into perspective.
I play tennis every Saturday. It's great to get a little bit of exercise in.
During the winter months, I'm usually in the city, and I'm often meeting up with friends for brunch. You don't get a lot of time to socialise when you're working 60 to 80 hours a week.
I like to walk on weekends in the city -- just explore a new neighbourhood.
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