Want to maximize your success? Try following these weekend habits of successful icons, according to Emma Rushton on LifeHack.org.
- Robert Iger, CEO of Disney: Get up early. It is tempting to sleep late on the weekends, but our brains are sharpest when we first wake up. Also, we know that to sleep well we need to get up at the same time each day – even on Saturday and Sunday.
- Benjamin Franklin: Plan. Set goals for the weekend, just as you would the weekday. Goals don’t have to be centered around work. For example, you could plan to work out, to hike with your family, or to read all day. Figure out what you can do to move the ball – or yourself – forward this weekend by planning for it and then following through.
- Timothy Ferris, author of the 4 Hour Work Week: Stop multi-tasking. Instead, be present and focused during each activity.
- Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine: Be active. An active body helps to create and sustain an active mind. Go for a run, hike, sail, walk your dog. Choose an activity you enjoy, and use it as time to refocus your energy.
- Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple: Prioritize. Sure, you enjoy your work, but if the world were to end next week, what’s really important to you? Your family? Your kids? Your friends? Make time for the people you care about. This will, in turn, rejuvenate you and freshen your perspective for returning to the work week on Monday.
- Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway: Make time for hobbies. Like spending time with loved ones, making time to do the things you enjoy (e.g., reading, sailing, playing the guitar, traveling) broadens your perspective and relaxes you, so you return to work refreshed. Bonus: It will make you more interesting.
- Oprah Winfrey, American media icon, actress, and publisher: Practice stillness. Rushton says Oprah sits in stillness for 20 minutes, twice a day. Yes, it’s hard to tune out the rest of the world, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need. Shut the world out, and just be.
- Randi Zuckerberg, founder of Zuckerberg Media: Focus on happiness and, as Timothy Ferris suggests, be present in the moment. Don’t worry about what your friends are doing. Instead, do the things that are most important and enjoyable to YOU.
- Bill Gates, CEO of Microsoft: Reflect. Celebrate your successes, and learn from your mistakes through reflection.
- Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Group: Give back. Branson says that focusing on greater issues (e.g., poverty, conservation, etc.) outside yourself can help re-energize your thinking in other areas. Helping others helps us in intangible ways.
- Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter: Organize and strategize. After taking time off for yourself this weekend, on Sunday, plan for the week ahead. Plan, organize and strategize, so you can get next week off on the right note.
- Jay Z, American rapper and entrepreneur: Keep the momentum going. Success requires commitment. Sure, you need to relax and refresh on the weekends, but you also need to keep your eye on the prize. Don’t slack off 100% on the weekends.
Being successful is a choice. Which of these habits are part of your weekend routine? Which will you add? We’d love to hear about them. Tell us in the comments.
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