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13 Things To Do During Weekends To Improve Your Life

13 Things To Do During Weekends To Improve Your Life

Weekend at last! Something you’re so looking forward to after a brutal week at work. Because there are so many things to do during weekends to help you either decompress or get energized for the week ahead. Whatever your plans are, it’s important to make the effects last as long as possible to improve your life in the long run.

Here are 13 tips of how you can make the most of your weekends.

1. Don’t Oversleep

As tempted as you may be, oversleeping affects your biological rhythm. We all need that beauty sleep, but don’t overdo it. Otherwise you’ll feel exhausted and cranky Monday morning. Make a habit to always wake up at the same time every day. Include naps in your weekend routine as well, whether it’s for 10 minutes or 45. Why? Because naps help purging negative emotions, increase alertness, and enhance your abilities to learn.

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    2. Spend Time With Loved Ones

    Reconnect with family members or friends you neglected lately. Don’t do it out of guilt or because you have to. Do it because you want to. Reach out to them to see how they are doing. Don’t call them only when you need them. Return their calls if you were busy when they last tried to reach you. Talk to them. Listen to them. Be there for them. The importance of human connection (hugging, touching) is vital for your well-being.

    And if — for whatever work or life circumstances — you don’t have the family around you and not too many friends either, reach out to people who share your interests. Get to know them. Hang out with them even if it’s just over a coffee or dinner, or plan a group city break. You’ll feel so much better and rejuvenated than spending time by yourself or worse, wallowing in loneliness.

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      3. Apply The “No Technology” Rule

      Stay away from TV, iPad, iPhone and any other electronic devices. Unplug! Your brain needs to clear up from all the stress you’ve put on yourself during the week. Why not read a book instead? A paper one. Seriously, when was the last time you did that?

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        4. Spend Time Outdoors

        Make friends with nature again. Pay attention to its beauty. Breathe in the fresh air. Anything goes, from a simple walk on the beach to a hiking trip. Just look for the best outdoor pursuits in your area for the weekend.

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          5. Take Time for Your Meals

          There’s no rush to go to the next meeting or finish that presentation by the end of day. You’re not on schedule. Feel the taste and smell of what you’re eating. Enjoy it. Simply be in that moment without putting your mind in overdrive again and thinking already of what you’ll be doing next.

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            6. Speaking of Food – Eat Healthy

            Did you miss preparing yourself that green juice because you were always on the run to get to work? Now you have no excuse. It only takes a few minutes.

            All you need is: organic celery, a peeled cucumber, some romaine, kale and a pear. A push on the juicer’s button and off it goes. When you’ll see how tasty it is, you’ll turn green juicing into a habit that will last longer than a weekend. Other than that, eat more fruits and veggies. If you don’t feel inspired, NYT Best-Selling author and wellness activist Kris Carr has some of the best and healthiest recipes for you on her blog.

            7. Declutter Your Home

            If you still have some energy left from the past week, try simplifying your environment a bit. That closet door won’t shut? Is your paperwork all over the place? Is the bathroom piled with tons of products? A few suggestions should help, even though you may not be able to sort everything out in one weekend. What matters is that you’ll make great progress.

            Look at what your favorite clothes are. This should make it easier to consider what to toss and donate to a charity. Organize your paperwork in filing cabinets and try to build some additional storage space if needed. Next, get rid of old bath and makeup products in the bathroom. Get more organized by using a simple glass containers set, or a woven basket strategically placed under the sink.

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              8. Stop Being a Chronic Worrier

              Put that “what if” mindset aside. Refrain from worrying over things you can’t control like the government shutdown, the economy, the weather or anything like that. Instead you can control yourself. List the things that worry you and set an action next to each of those you can control. Have you gained too much weight lately? Make a plan to do something about it. Struggling with a deadline? Write down the steps you must follow to get that project done.

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                9. Meditate or Go to a Yoga Class

                You don’t have to be a practicing Buddhist to meditate. It’s all about paying attention to the present moment. Meditation improves your creative thinking, helps you focus and find happiness in your life. The regular practice of meditation is the best way to handle your stress and energy level. Yoga is also a form of meditation that helps tremendously fighting stress and achieving peacefulness of body and mind.

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                  10. Pause and Pay Attention to Your Thoughts

                  What are they telling you? What is the vibe that you’re feeling? It can either be a positive or a negative one, never both of them in the same time. If your thinking falls towards the negative side, try change the words you use in your thoughts. Michael Losier, the author of Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don’t, recommends we should stop using the words no, not and don’t to attract more of the things we want. Our response to the words we use instead will change completely. “Stay calm” sounds way better than “don’t panic,” right?

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                    11. Laugh, Laugh and Laugh Again

                    Best. Medicine. Ever. You can never have enough of it. Humor improves mood in so many ways. It helps you cope with stress, strengthens your immune system and you are 40 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke, says Richard Wiseman in his brilliant book 59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute.

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                      12. Express Gratitude

                      This is something you should be doing every day, not only on weekends. Be grateful for your family, friends, health, for the food you put on the table, the clothes you wear and the roof over your head. You can be grateful for so many little things: a new beginning, the sunshine, the air that you breathe, a baby that smiled at you. Just try to avoid comparing what you have with other people. It neither helps you nor them. Gratitude is the main source of happiness. When you’re happy, you radiate it on all those around you.

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                        13. Cultivate Your Hobby

                        Whether you like snapping photos, baking bread, painting, writing poetry, playing piano or gardening, give yourself the benefit of spending time doing something you find enjoyable. You get the much needed mental relaxation and the satisfaction of pursuing your interests, which leads to a sense of fulfillment.

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                          There you are. 13 things to do during weekends that will have a positive long term effect on your life. Put them into practice and you’ll beat the Monday Blues!

                          What are other ways to spend the weekends that work for you?

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                          Last Updated on November 18, 2020

                          50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                          50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                          If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                          That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                          Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                          1. Believe It to See It

                          Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                          2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                          While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                          3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                          Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                          4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                          Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                          5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                          There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                          6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                          It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                          7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                          Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                          8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                          Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                          9. Maximize Your Strengths

                          Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                          10. Be in It to Win It

                          Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                          11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                          People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                          12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                          Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                          13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                          You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                          14. Be a One-Off Original

                          Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                          15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                          Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                          16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                          Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                          17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                          Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                          18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                          We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                          19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                          Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                          20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                          Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                          21. Make Your Own Luck

                          In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                          22. Ignite Your Initiative

                          While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                          23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                          Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                          24. Champion in Communication

                          Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                          25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                          Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                          26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                          To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                          27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                          While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                          28. Live by Core Values

                          Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                          29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                          Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                          30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                          Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                          31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                          Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                          32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                          Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                          33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                          Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                          34. Change Opens New Doors

                          People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                          35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                          It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                          36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                          Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                          37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                          When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                          38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                          How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                          39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                          If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                          40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                          Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                          41. Swim Against the Tide

                          Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                          42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                          More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                          43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                          Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                          44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                          While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                          45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                          Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                          46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                          Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                          47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                          While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                          48. Follow Through

                          Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                          49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                          We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                          50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                          To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                          So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

                          Bonus: 5 Bad Habits To Quit

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