What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend

What is the first thing that come to mind when you see the word weekend?

Pajamas, cartoons, and Netflix marathons? Saturday morning circuits of grocery stores and warehouse centers? Time to get caught up on work that refused to fit itself into the hours at the office?

In What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend, Laura Vanderkam asks us to consider how much relaxing {or catching up} we are really doing. I have been there on the couch, sixth episode of a Psych starting on the screen, while feeling guilt about the laundry piles and empty fridge. Meanwhile my 2012 goal to read 24 books was collecting dust on the bookshelf. I’ve also had days where I woke up at the same time I did on weekdays, gathered the shopping list, and had the 24 hour grocery store completely to myself at 8am.

One option required a plan, but both held the possibility of relaxation.

"You would not take a thirty-six-hour per week job without asking
what you intended to do with it and what you expect the outcome
to be."
"This is the paradox of weekends: 'You have to set an appointment
to go off the grid as surely as to go on it.'"

She insists that you do not need a detailed agenda for each weekend of your life to enjoy it. Instead, she shows the reader how to choose intentional living each day of the week, through examples of great political and business leaders.

Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a corporate executive, single or married, young or old, this quick and easy read will help you consider what to do with the next of the “4,160 weekends in your biography.”

Now that we live closer to family, some of our weekends will be spent traveling to spend time with them. If I want to focus on enjoying that time together, I will need to make sure household chores and errands are done during the week.

What can you do in the next 2 days to make sure this weekend is full of the activities {or lack of them} that you want?