In theory Saturday is the weekend, a day which can be quite busy with events, errands, activities and cultivating relationships. Saturday is known in some cultures as a day of rest, but in my mind it’s known as a day of productivity. Saturday is the first day off in the ongoing rat race and a day to focus on myself and my life goals, and to get productive.
Sleeping is great for the body and enhances focus, keeping the brain rested and active, which helps us to retain memories and new information learned throughout the day. While sleeping in is great, I’m more of an advocate of going to bed at the same time every night and getting between 6-8 hours of sleep. Consistency does more for the body than sporadic nights. Even if you do get 6 hours of sleep your body will feel much different if you go to bed at midnight and wake up at 6am, versus going to bed at 4am and waking up at 10am.
Crossing items off the list
Saturday is a big day to focus on getting things done. While I enjoy a hot cup of coffee in the morning I tend to spend time working on freelance projects, journaling, and catching up on loose ends which weren’t tied off during the week. Mornings are a great time to get focused and get those items out of the way while your brain power is still sharp.
Time for yourself
Another focus of Saturday is taking time for myself which includes making sure the house is clean and the fridge is stocked. I try to cook at home most of the time to save money in the long run. Although convenient, eating out can turn into quite the money pit.
Saturday afternoons are a great time to focus on personal development whether it’s another great book, taking a class, or focusing on a project I rarely get to spend time on. Concentrating on continual improvement is necessary since everything around us is constantly in a state of change. Imagine if technology never changed and our computers, software, hardware and devices were never updated. Essentially not taking time to focus on your personal development means you’ll end up as an iPhone 3 in an iPhone 6 world – slow, out of date and undesirable.
At the end of the day humans weren’t meant to be alone and we can go much further together. Spending time with friends, family and networking on Saturday evenings is mandatory in my book and what makes life worth it. My best conversations are with friends who are willing to discuss both deep heavy topics and something fun and light.
Don’t forget, your actions give you control over your days. You might not be able to control everything but…
How do you plan your Saturdays?