Because I work from home and homeschool, I often find that my weekends don’t look much different from my work weeks. Aside from going to church on Sunday and having a short date with Josh while the kids are at Awana on Sunday night, I don’t tend to do much differently.
But that sort of plan, Laura Vanderkam posits, leads to burnout and ineffective leisure time. When we don’t manage our time, life gets away from us. Her latest e-book, What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend: A Short Guide to Making the Most of Your Days Off, describes how to “create weekends that rejuvenate you rather than exhaust or disappoint you.”
Rather than working all weekend or letting the weekend fade into mindless internet or channel surfing, Vanderkam suggests that you’ll get better results from choosing 3-5 “anchor events” for your weekend in advance. She thinks of it as cross-training–neither overwork nor too much doing nothing.
The book does a great job of profiling busy people who make times for a restorative weekend, discussing relevant research, and offering practical suggestions for how to make sure your weekends leave you ready for Monday morning. I especially liked her suggestions for how to avoid the “three common causes of weekend stress: chores, children’s activities, and work that follows you home.”
I always get a lot out of Vanderkam’s books, and What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend is no exception. At $2.99 on Amazon, this book offers way more information and potential for life impact than most e-books, and is a shorter time commitment than Vanderkam’s longer (but also excellent) books on time and life management.
As you look ahead to 2013, I think reading What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend would be a great use of your time. If you read it and decide to implement any changes in your weekends as a result, let us know!
Disclosure: The author sent me a free review copy of this book, but the opinions in this review are my own. This post contains affiliate links.