Despite being organized and having a plan laid out, unexpected barriers and difficulties will show up during your typical 40 to 50-hour workweek throwing a wrench into your plans (and ability to lead and act confidently).
These unexpected barriers and difficulties can prove increasingly cumbersome--and effectively decrease your productivity along with running your personal energy meter to empty by Friday evening.
In that case, you're heading into the weekend with little momentum. Therefore, it's imperative to recharge and regroup before the upcoming week.
If you're looking to bounce back and head into next week with momentum and vigor, implement these two tiny tweaks to your weekend routine.
1. Schedule time for solitude in the morning.
In today's world, finding time to hear our own thoughts isn't as simple compared to 30 years ago. With smartphones, entertainment around every corner, and not to mention--people who depend on us, finding quiet time is now a deliberate practice.
People such as Warren Buffet spend around 80 percent of their time reading and thinking. Intentional solitude is even more paramount after a hectic and tough week due to your mind most likely being in a frazzled state.
Running a business, leading others, and working to keep yourself healthy requires you to be operating in a high cognitive state. Scheduling time for solitude before most of the world is awake allows you to reflect not only on yourself, but also, your business.
Why did this week pan out the way it did? What can you do to prevent the issue that showed up this week to not happen again? Do you need help in terms of delegation? You can gain all of those insights from intentional solitude.
It's the weekend, and you probably want to get away and enjoy life. Schedule your intentional solitude first thing on the calendar and then step away once you have a gameplan established for the upcoming week.
2. Schedule leisure events.
What classifies as an adventure or a leisure activity depends on you. Regardless, make sure the activity isn't work related. Knowing that you have something interesting planned that is non-work related will help with your mind by giving you something to look forward to in the midst of a chaotic workweek.
One thing that I've incorporated is an artists date. This concept was first introduced to me after reading The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. Schedule a time for yourself, once a week, on your own to do something that nourishes your spirit (or as I call--recharging your entrepreneurial batteries).
It doesn't have to be grand. Something as simple as a walk to the street market, visiting art galleries, going to a jazz concert, or signing up for a class to work on that hobby you've been meaning to get to.
Part of the journey to being a high performer entails tough weeks. While you can't avoid those, you can better equip yourself for them by installing simple habits to your weekends to ensure you're ready to attack the next week in an optimal state.