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Habits Are Tactics
There are two types of people in this world. Those who don’t plan their weekends hoping that awesome moments will just magically happen without them taking intentional action, and those who choose to take their destiny into their own hands knowing that they are creators of their own life. The first group is the one that every Sunday evening ask the same question:
– Where did the weekend go?
The other group, use their weekends to accelerate their personal growth, increase their chances of success in life and achieve their goals faster and more easily.
How they do it?
Well, they use the power of habits to achieve their desired outcomes.
And you can do the same!
To help you with that, in this post I am sharing with you absolutely top 9-weekend habits that will make you successful in achieving your goals and creating the life you want to live!
So without further ado, let’s dive in!
Habit 1: Truly Rest
If you don’t give yourself time to truly rest during your days off you will end up being overworked, feeling overwhelmed, and getting dangerously close to burnout. No amount of money or success is worth sacrificing your health, wellbeing, and personal life. And that will happen if you will continue to work on weekends instead of making time and space for rest.
Weekends are meant to enjoy, truly rest, clear your mind for reduced stress, and recharge your internal batteries so that you can start your workweek feeling fresh, energized, and ready to smash your goals. So don’t let your work to stole your weekends, instead plan and organize some fun activities that will help you to truly rest and recharge your energy before Monday morning.
And by REST I mean, embracing 7 types of rest. Yeah, there are 7 types of rest, not just one. And if you want to learn more about the 7 types of rest, then continue to read here
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Habit 2: Be Adventurous
Life is more than survival. Life is a fascinating experiment and can be a true adventure. But to make the most of this incredible journey you need to be willing to take (a calculated) risk, constantly expand your comfort zone and become comfortable with feeling uncomfortable.
The more you put yourself in challanging but healthy situations, the more you grow personally and professionally which translates into a higher chance of success. So don’t settle for mediocrity only because you like to feel safe and secure in everyday life. This kind of mindset is a guarantee of boredom and prescription to feeling stuck in life.
If you want to avoid falling in with the average and ordinariness of day-to-day life, you have to be willing to go above and beyond. You are here (on the planet Earth) to accelerate your growth and achieve spectacular success. You are here to experiment, push your boundaries, face your fears and expand your comfort zone so that you can achieve the desired level of success in both your professional and personal life.
That’s why the next habit you really want to develop is to be adventurous meaning expanding your comfort zone. The easiest way to do that is to create a discomfort list. And here is how you can easily do it:
- think about all these things that you’ve always wanted to do but you were too afraid of even trying
- write everything down
- create your discomfort list (activities between comfort zone and panic zone)
- create an action plan to conquer your fears (one at a time)
- schedule and organize your so-called “discomfort challenges”
- challenge yourself and get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable
- track your progress
- celebrate both small achievements and big victories
Habit 3: Celebrate Your Achievements
When was the last time you rewarded yourself for a job well done? Do you really acknowledge your accomplishments? If your answer is no, it’s definitely time to start being appreciative of yourself and your achievements.
Taking time to appreciate what you’ve got, what you’ve accomplished, and who you’ve become over the last week, month and year is a crucial component of your future achievements. This is because acknowledging and celebrating your small wins and big victories is a powerful way to boost your self-confidence, increase your life satisfaction, and truly “Enjoy the Fruit of Your Labor”. Your success would be a pleasure, not a burden.
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Habit 4: Improve Your Relationship With Yourself
We live in a hectic, noisy and extremely chaotic world where people rush around doing multiple things at once, being an overachiever is often confused with being a high performer and impossible deadlines need to be done without complaining. No wonder burnout is rising in the modern workplace.
In such a world, husting is seen as a good thing, work should always be your top priority and you’re supposed to be always your best (professional) self even if you’re overworked, overly stressed, and extremely exhausted. But even in moments like these, you cannot slow down because there’s always someone else to take your place, right?
We are crazy busy trying to get to Beyoncé-Level Productive, meet impossible deadlines and adapt ourselves to less sleep that we slowly becoming human doings without even noticing it.
As a result, when we are asked to talk about our personal values, life purpose, or even our greatest strengths we’re unable to respond. Because how would you be able to respond eep personal questions if you don’t take time to just sit in silence and connect with yourself on a higher level.
If that’s your case, you should consider slowing down a bit and focus on self-reflection and self-discovery. Because the truth is, you cannot live a happy, fulfilling, and meaningful life if you don’t know WHO your true self is. To create the life you truly want to live you need to create time and space for self-discovery and self-awareness. And what better moment to connect with your authentic self and strengthen your self-relationship than during the weekend?
- improve your confidence through positive mirror talk
- taka a personality test – The 16 personality types were created by Isabel Myers and Katharine Briggs to discover your strengths, hidden talents and unlock your full potential. No registration required! You will find this test HERE
- engage in current me, future me activity
Habit 5: Unplug & Disconnect
We live in the high-tech era where if you don’t post about how freakin’ amazing you feel and how much fun you’re having no one will believe you. And you want them to believe you, even if you don’t know who the hell those “them” really are. With the modern lifestyle mentality “pics or it didn’t happen” everyone competes for attention. Because having attention means being able to influence others. And being able to influence others means at least two things:
- earning money
- feeding ego
Attention became our new currency. That’s why everyone is fighting for your attention: your boss, your clients (if you are your own boss), marketers, your colleagues, family members, social media influencers, literally everyone. All the outside world wants YOUR attention. And you need to protect your personal boundaries, have the courage to say “NO” when you want to say NO, and make yourself your No 1 priority so that you can focus on achieving your goals ad creating the life you want to live.
Being able to unplug and cut noise pollution in your life is crucial if you want to truly rest, avoid work-life blur, escape the social media comparison trap and stop digital life stealing your time, attention, and FOCUS during your days off.
- unplug from work
- have a social media-free weekend
- don’t waste your time binge-watching Netflix
- silence notifications on smartphone and tablet
Habit 6: Expand Your Financial Knowledge
Finding time to expand your financial knowledge and increase your financial literacy is crucial if you want to live a financially healthy and stable lifestyle, especially considering the economic chaos we’re experiencing right now.
None of us can predict how long it will take for the economy to recover after the Pandemic that’s why planning your wealth, working towards achieving your financial goals, and focusing on developing habits for financial stability should be one of your top priorities. Because whether we like it or not, our whole future depends on the financial decisions we take right now. And our current financial decisions depend on the financial knowledge we currently possess.
That’s why if you want to boost your financial health, develop smart money habits and start building long-lasting wealth during an economic crisis you need to constantly expand your financial knowledge. Because the more you know about finance the easier it is for you to make smart financial decisions and grow your money instead of watching how they lose their purchasing power due to rising inflation.
To help you expand your knowledge below you will find a PErsonal Financial Planner and an AWESOME list of absolutely BEST FINANCIAL RESOURCES that will improve your financial literacy and empower your financial future immediately.
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Best Resources On Personal Finance In 2021
- Personal Finance Books
- Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
- Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant: Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom by Robert T. Kiyosaki
- The Richest Man in Babylon Paperback by George S. Clason
- The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing by Mel Lindauer
- The intelligent investor by Brando Graham
- Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century by Napoleon Hill
- Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
- Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money by Vicki Robin
- You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero
- The Total Money Makeover Workbook by Dave Ramsey
- The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss
- The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley
- I Will Teach You to Be Rich, Second Edition: No Guilt. No Excuses. No BS. Just a 6-Week Program That Works by Ramit Sethi
- The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey
- Start Your Own Corporation: Why the Rich Own Their Own Companies and Everyone Else Works for Them by Garrett Sutton
- Youtube Channels
- Bloomberg TV Markets and Finance
- MoneyTalks News
- GoldSilver (w/ Mike Maloney)
- Bigger Pockets
- The Financial Diet
- SeedTime Money
- Financial Times – Banking Weekly
- Morgan Stanley Ideas Podcast
- Bloomberg Masters in Business Podcast
- Bloomberg P&L
- Exchanges at Goldman Sachs
- Financial Times News Briefing
- Financial Modeling Podcast
- Motley Fool Money
- Blogs on Business & Personal Finance
- Financial Samurai
- I Will Teach You to Be Rich
- Business Insider
- Real-Time Economics
- The Consumerist
- Calculated Risk
- The Conscience of a Liberal
- Board games
Habit 7: Plan Your Week To Get Things Done
Do you want to end your week on a positive note knowing that your time intentionally spent, you achieved your weekly goals and you put your energy towards the right things? To that end, you need to invest your time, energy and focus into an intentional weekly planning routine.
Having it all planned out and properly organized will not only help you design your ideal week but it will also make you feel more in control of your life. So don’t leave everything to chance, instead plan your week in advance so that you can get the things that you want (and need) done, create, create more meaningful moments, and live your life more in alignment with your values.
- plan your work using the rule of three
- set weekly goals
- set your daily priorities (MITs, non-negotiables)
- create your master to-do list
- plan your self-care activities
- create a list of restorative tasks to use your work breaks more effectively
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Habit 8: Plan Restorative Activities
Being crazy busy during your week trying to get an insane amount of things done? struggling to unlock a Perpetuum Mobile kind of productivity mode so that you could accomplish twice as much stuff in half the time without the need to without having to stop, rest and recharge your internal batteries? Dreaming about getting to Beyoncé-Level Productive, but instead getting dangerously close to burnout?
Can I tell you a secret?
Reaching Perpetuum Mobile kind of productivity is not possible. And Beyoncé has a personal staff to plan her day to the smallest details. So instead of pursuing the impossible 24/7 type of productivity, you should focus on managing your energy levels during the day so that you can lead a productive but relatively stress-free life.
The best way to do that is to balance your time with energy-giving activities and energy-taking activities so that you give yourself the opportunity to restore your energy and recharge your batteries after finishing a difficult task. So basically all you need to do when planning your workdays (on your weekends) and creating your epic to-do list is to mix productive tasks with restorative tasks.
Energy-Taking Tasks: writing a report, administrative work, responding to emails
Energy-Giving Tasks: physical activity, Mindfulness practice, delicious coffee break, listen to a podcast, favourite self-care activities
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9. Life Admin
Last but definitely not least weekend habit I highly recommend you to develop is „life admin”. If you’re not familiar with his concept, managing a „life admin” basically means scheduling a block of time (an hour or even a day) dedicated to accomplish admin type of tasks that you need to get done but you’ve been actively avoiding.
This may seem contradictory but organizing your finances, doing little errands, responding to emails, making important phone calls, or booking an appointment for a Health Check is a form of self-care. Because the things you know you need to get done but we’ve been avoiding will not disappear magically. The opposite is actually the case: if you’re not completing things off your to-do list they will only accumulate in the back of your head draining your mental energy and focus. And that’s a prescription for a jam-packed schedule and severe headache.
To avoid that you should have a little brainstorming session to identify all these admin types of tasks that you need to get done but you’ve been avoiding. Then create a life admin day to-do list and schedule a day, an hour, or even a couple of minutes to get all these boring stuff done. Once you’ve got all these things done, you will be proud of yourself.
- What is something you have been procrastinating about for a while to do?
- What tasks are making you delay completing them?
- What things from your to-do list you’ve been putting off?
- What tasks around your house you’ve been avoiding?
- What errands you need to get done but you’ve never felt like doing?
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- How To Figure Out What You Want In Life: 12 Simple Exercises
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- Use best time management apps to keep you on schedule at work
- Organize your day around your goals
- Use the Eisenhower Box to identify your top priorities and avoid the urgency trap
- Create and maintain a powerful morning routine
- Develop morning rituals to make your motivation flow effortlessly
- Create motivation through action
- Start before you are ready
- Improve your decision-making process
- Overcome your self-limiting beliefs that block your progress
- Balance productivity and happiness
- Cultivate self-care routine
- The 3 x 8 rule for Perfectly Balanced Day & Life
- Create rituals to induce a flow state
develop powerful weekend habits that will make you successful in achieving goals