When you're in a startup, the line between business and your personal life becomes blurred. Many of the people we work with are also our friends, and we often spend more time with them than we do with our loved ones. If you're a founder, you're thinking about your business 24/7. There's always more to do and someone always needs your help. It's easy for this to become overwhelming.
One of the ways to keep you sane is to take advantage of the weekend to refuel and decompress. While most of us do not have the luxury of taking a full weekend to ourselves, sometimes we need to schedule these 1 to 2 day breaks ourselves. Below are three things that you should focus on to make the most of your weekend. Start incorporating these routines now and you'll avoid burnout in the future.
1. Use The Weekend To Learn
It's tough to find time during the workweek to learn new skills we are passionate about. While we jump from task to task in our company, we rarely have enough time to sit down and learn the material properly. Everything in a early stage company is time-sensitive. Many times doing an average job on time is more essential than doing a perfect job late.
Because of this, start using your weekends to take time and learn. It can be something that doesn't exactly relate to your business. I love reading, but it's tough for me to make time during the week to read as much as I want. So on the weekends, one of my favorite things to do is to read a book on business or psychology for a couple of hours. This clears my mind, and allows me to learn in a peaceful calm environment. Take advantage of these opportunities so you continue to grow and develop personally.
Most of us can't perform our best if we don't get at least 7-8 hours of sleep. Unfortunately, it's tough to get the full amount. When the team needs you, sleep is one of the early sacrifices we make. If this is the case for you, take the weekend to catch up on the sleep you lost during the week.
One of the tough decisions you'll have to make on the weekend is if you're going to use it to rest up or party your head off. There are definitely times to go out and have fun. But as an entrepreneur, you need to have the discipline to say no to your friends once in a while and stay in and sleep. Hangovers, junk food, and late nights won't help you recharge. It's OK to take Saturday to sleep for 9 hours, read a book, and go to bed. It may seem lame to your friends, but giving up a Saturday night to be at peak performance is well worth it.
3. Reflect and Review
A day off is a perfect time to review your individual progress and your happiness. Try taking out a piece of paper and writing down all the things you want to improve on in your life. For me, I recently looked at things like making more time with my family, and focusing more on me diet. I then looked at the weaknesses of both, and started coming up with ways I can improve. Ditching 15 minutes of Facebook so I can have 15 minutes to call my mom is an example. Writing down what I eat every day and tracking the calories is another.
As humans, we are creatures of habit. We want to develop routines so we can save our minds from overthinking. While many of these routines happen naturally, we don't take enough time to analyze and build new habits. A day off is a perfect time to do so. Taking a day to plan and review new routines, can effectively change every day for the rest of your life.