How to Productively Spend Your Weekends

freelance1Brunch is a popular pastime in  the Washington D.C. area where I live. It’s one of the things I hate about D.C. Not brunch itself—it’s delicious—but the fact that people feel compelled to be gluttons every weekend.

Most people in D.C. do little work Monday through Friday as many of them work for the government or at non-profits. So on the weekends they party hard, and when Sunday comes around they decide to keep the party going.

So, they spend $50 eating carbs and drinking champagne for breakfast—such gluttony. Once in a while this is fine, but when you’re habitually toasting champagne on Sundays you better damn well earn it. But virtually no one does.

In fact, in DC it’s the laziest people who frequent brunch—not winners. People who are hungry (metaphorically of course) have better things to do then stuff their face for hours. Instead, they’re always hustling, whether it’s working on business or hitting the gym.

When Monday rolls around most people look back on their weekends with nothing to show for it except a bigger waistline and the remnants of a hangover. The hustlers have bettered themselves physically and financially—plus their wallet is heavier from not shelling out tons of cash on booze.

Hopefully, you’re weekend sounds more like the hustler than the glutton. If not, I have some tips below for how to productively spend your weekends:

1.) Get Up Early

I’m going to avoid the typical, motivation call of “Winners MUST wake up at 5 AM!!!” At the end of the day, no matter what time you get up, everyone has the same amount of hours in the day. However, there are several benefits to being up early.

For starters, you shouldn’t be getting up much later on the weekends then you do in the week. Most people stay out late so naturally they will sleep in, but this is the wrong move. You want to keep your circadian rhythm in check, by keeping your internal clock consistent. This means getting up and going to bed at roughly the same time. This doesn’t mean you can’t go out on the weekend, rather it means you just shouldn’t stay out until 3 AM partying. Call it a night at around midnight and you’ll be much happier come Monday morning.

Second, getting up early sets the tone for the day. When you get up at 8 AM on Saturday, you’ll feel motivated to start hustling right away and will sit down and get to work on your side biz. Imagine waking up at 11 AM. You’ll feel rushed to get boring chores done, leaving little time for actual work. Avoid this.

2.) Lift Weights

Since you have so much free time on the weekends, there is no reason not to spend a lot of time in the gym. I prefer to do my longer, heavy workouts on the weekend as I can take my time during training and rest longer between sets. This is particularly useful for heavy compound lifts such as squats and bench presses.

If you struggle to go to the gym—getting up early will help. You don’t have to lift first thing in the morning, but it is a powerful way to increase overall productivity.

3.) Drink Coffee (Or Caffeine)

I have a love-hate relationship with caffeine. But the reason I lie drinking it on the weekends is because I can work harder in the morning…

During the week I avoid caffeine—which is the opposite of most people. My logic is that since i don’t get paid on performance at work, why work harder than needed? Caffeine forces me to work harder, but it will lead to crashes later. I am willing to work harder on the weekends for my own projects than for my employer…shhh don’t tell!

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4.) Plan for the Week Ahead

Sunday evening is all about planning for the week ahead. Step one is meal prep. Cook a big dinner (I recommend in a Crock-Pot), and you’ll have plenty of meals for the week. Throw the food in some Tupperware and now you’ll have no more excuses for having to grab lunch at some fast food joint.

You should also spend time Sunday mapping out all your goals, appointments, meetings, projects etc. You never want to miss something important and lose track of your mission. I highly recommend Wunderlist. It is totally free and the best productivity tool I’ve ever used.

5.) Clean Your Room

Cleaning your room, or house/apartment, is a simple, yet powerful way to take control of your life. As Jordan Peterson would say, your bedroom is something you can control—it is your domain. You must impose your will on your room and bring order to where there can be chaos. A messy room is a messy mind. Clean it up!

6.) Work on Your Side Biz

This is one of the most important aspects for a successful weekend. You’re never going to get rich working only 40 hours a week. As Wall Street Playboys say, you have to pay the ‘Life Toll‘–working 60-80 hours per week for 3-5 years–to become successful at a young age.

Get this work done first thing in the morning. Get your coffee, maybe some RED FOCUS too, and get to work!

Or maybe you don’t have an online business. Maybe your side hustle is driving UBER or being a personal trainer. Whatever it is, you should spend at least 2-3 hours per day doing it.

In Conclusion

Weekends are arbitrary. Our idea of weekends today are designed around the 5-day workweek.

If you’re like me and many others, then you have this same 5 days on, 2 days off schedule. Quite frankly, this is easy-peasy. 40 hours a week ain’t nothing!

As a young guy you should have a ton of left over energy to crush it on the weekends. Don’t be a lazy glutton, spilled out on your couch hungover watching football all weekend. What a waste of this amazing gift we have called life.

Perhaps start by implementing one or two of my recommendations above, then work your way up to the point where you all doing all 6 habits each weekend.

Good luck!

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