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How to Reclaim Your Weekend

Many of us work hard all week only to work hard on the weekend! By the time we do complete our list of chores, the weekend is over. We wonder, “Where did it go?”


Get ready to reclaim your weekend

#1 – Track your time
Record everything you do, both at work and at home, for a full week. Sure, it’s a bit of a pain, but it’s worth it. 

At the end of week, look at your journal and answer these two questions:

  • What items don’t need to be a part of your life?
  • What could someone else do?

#2 – Outsource
Take a page from the corporate playbook – outsource! Find a business to clean your house, mow your yard, take care of repairs, and so on.

More and more families are outsourcing more and more. Of course, if it’s something you enjoy doing, keep doing it! But for those things that truly are just tasks on the to-do list, pay someone else to do them.

#3 – Stack tasks into your week
Squeeze your weekend chores into the week. For example, do a load or two of laundry every day throughout the week, instead of the whole pile on the weekend.

#4 – Rethink your work schedule
Instead of working every Saturday morning for a few hours, work a half-hour longer each day. Then you can have your Saturdays to yourself!

Reclaiming your weekend

#1 – Make a list
Write down a bunch of things you would like to do. Get your whole family involved. Sometimes, it’s hard to know what to do because there are so many things you want to do. Creating this list allows you to pick and choose depending on your mood.

#2 – Schedule an activity

If you don’t schedule these fun tasks, chances are they won’t get done. So schedule just one activity from your list for next weekend. Then pick another one for the weekend after that.

As you get used to having more time on the weekend, you can add activities to your schedule.

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Our bigg quote today comes from Douglas Pagel:

“Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.”

So color your world by reclaiming your weekend.

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Next time, we’ll discuss 10 ways to get de-motivated. We’re sure it won’t be uplifting! Until then, here’s to your bigg success! 

 

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Why It Pays to be Late for Work

A friend of ours said that he can he can usually control when he gets to work, but he can’t always control when he leaves. So that got us thinking …

It pays to be late for work!

Now obviously, some people don’t have the flexibility to get in later. But a lot of us do! And sometimes the best way to balance your life is to live your life before you go to work!

5 examples
 
#1 – Meditation
On the show, George said that, as a boy, his mom and dad started every day with family devotions. They felt like this was the best way to start the day, and it meant the family would be together at least that one time.

#2 – Exercise
Mary-Lynn has a friend who loves yoga. She started a new job, which often required her to work late. So she didn’t have time for yoga. She talked to her boss, who fully understood. Now she exercises before work and is much more productive and sane at work!

#3 – Hobby
George has a friend whose hobby is woodworking. He starts every morning at his workbench. He says it’s good medicine for him.

#4 – Course

Mary-Lynn has a friend who wants to start her own business, so she’s taking an online accounting course. It’s the first thing she works on after she gets her kids off to school.

#5 – Family breakfast

We have some friends who wanted the whole family together at dinner. However, with their two teenagers, it never seemed to work for all of them. So now, they eat breakfast together. It doesn’t fit all of their schedules every day, but they eat together much more often than they would if they were still trying to do it at dinner.

How to find the time

These little stories are great, but how do you get the flexibility to start your work day later? Let’s look at two scenarios:

Scenario 1: You have complete control of your schedule.
You may occasionally need to be to work early, but for the most part, you set the time you arrive each day.

You don’t necessarily have to jump in with both feet – start off with a day or two. Pick a day of the week and get to work late. See how it works for you. Are you happier? You very well may find that getting to work later helps you get more done while you’re there.

If it works for you, you can always add days.

Scenario 2: You need to negotiate to come in later.
Use any leverage you may have, like Mary-Lynn’s friend who wanted to exercise in the morning. If you’re a valued employee, there’s a good chance your boss will readily accept you coming in later. And again, it doesn’t have to be five days a week – maybe just a day or two to start.

If need be, use it as a bargaining tool. Would it be worth a little less money to get more flexibility with your time?

Our bigg quote today is by Robert Orben:

“Time flies. It’s up to you to be the navigator.”

So put the brakes on your morning rush to give yourself some extra drive.

Next time, with tax season coming to its end here in the United States, we’ll discuss how to go from refund to riches. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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