S: There are nuuuumerous articles and books out there that break down the mindset of successful people. They touch on - how successful people spend their days, what they invest in and how they save. There's a ton to learn from them.
D: I mean yeah, it makes sense. People are curious. We're curious. What about these daily habits made them into the successful people they are today? And how can we get in on it?! Afterall it's true when they say, "We are a result of our daily actions."
S: Exactly, and "Excellence is not an act, but a habit." We recently read an article on LifeHack.Org by Emma Rushton that focuses on weekend habits in particular. These are our favorite excerpts from the article, we thought you'd appreciate them as well;
1. Robert Iger: Get up early
"This Disney CEO is not the only executive claiming to rise at 4:30 every morning. Successful people do not stay in bed until 2 p.m. on a Sunday. Or even 11 a.m. Research shows that our brains are sharpest two and a half to four hours after waking. Get up early on a weekend and you’ve got a head start on the rest of the world."
2. Steve Jobs: Prioritize what’s important
“Things don’t have to change the world to be important. Weekends are the time to remind yourself of the forgotten little things — to keep your work-life harmony (the new ‘balance’) in check and reset if needed. Spending time with your friends, children or partner might not directly increase profits that day or propel you into the limelight, but that doesn’t make it any less important."
3. Randi Zuckerberg: Forget FOMO, Embrace JOMO
In this social media era with Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and the rest, the case of FOMO (fear of missing out) can be too real. On weekends especially, we’re even more prone to FOMO.
"But the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media (and, you guessed it, the sister to Facebook’s creator) says people should be focusing on JOMO (the joy of missing out) — the mantra that “there is nowhere I’d rather be than exactly where I am.” Successful people are often competitive, high achievers by nature — practicing an attitude of gratitude and resisting social-media-induced FOMO is key for a happy weekend. And isn’t happiness the real marker of success?"
4. Bill Gates: Take time to reflect
"The founder of Microsoft famously said, “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Reflection should be a daily practice but the weekends are a perfect opportunity to step back and reflect on the lessons of the previous week and to make improvements for the next. Author of “The Happiness Project,” Gretchen Rubin, suggests starting a “one sentence journal” to encourage daily reflection. Make Saturday or Sunday your day to flick back through the week’s entries!"
5. Jay Z: Keep up the momentum
"He’s made an empire as a highly successful rap artist and entrepreneur, and the secret is right there in his lyrics: “You can want success all you want, but to get it, you can’t falter. You can’t slip. You can’t sleep. One eye open, for real, and forever.” (Decoded) Jay Z didn’t become worth $520 million by only wanting it five out of seven days of the week. If you want to eventually spend your weekends on a luxury yacht in the Caribbean with Beyoncé, unrelenting grit and persistence might just get you there!"
S: Great pointers, right? You probably already do some of these things, but there are some worth picking up. The getting up early one? That one spoke to me. 4:30am is when my dreams are entering gear 3 lol and after a hard week, I love sleeping in on Saturdays, but maybe it's time to work on that a bit.
D: The Jay-Z one cracked me up. "You can't sleep. One eye open, for real and forever." Paranoid much?! We get the drift though: Persistence is key. I loved the Bill Gates one about taking time to reflect. I'm going to start jotting things down at the end of every day so by the weekend I can more accurately reflect on the past week and how to move forward. I sort of do that now, but I think Consistence is key, too.
So the main gist from this post is:
Success is a 24/7 lifestyle choice - weekends included!
What do you think of the list? Do you have any other tips to incorporate into weekend habits?