Momentum is the secret to getting the most out of your life.
Whether it’s hitting a fitness goal, earning more money at a job, or growing a side business, momentum is how you keep moving forward and do more than you ever thought possible.
As Steve Pavlina said, “The momentum of continuous action fuels motivation, while procrastination kills motivation.”
But what kills momentum more than anything?
So many people crush the week at work and in the gym, only to halt their progress once the clock strikes Friday afternoon. Then, Monday morning happens and it’s time to try to get the motivation to get going again.
But how would your life look if you just kept going and didn’t halt your progress on the weekend? My guess is that you would feel better, achieve more, and hit your goals much faster. That’s what super successful and wealthy people do and with a few tweaks to your schedule, you can too.
In this post, I want to share with you how ultra successful people spend their weekends to keep your momentum going.
Unplug and Disconnect For Mental Clarity
As you know, technology dominates our life. One of the best things you can do on a weekend is disconnect from your screens. Take a digital detox by putting your phone in airplane mode and being present.
Not only will your eyes appreciate it, but your mind will as well. A lot of times when you unplug from social media and emails, you also get more creativity and new ideas.
A great way to disconnect is to sit quietly and reflect. For some, that might mean writing in a journal, for others it could mean sitting quietly with your thoughts and seeing what comes up.
Sometimes magic happens in the silence but you have to put yourself in that situation for it to ever occur. Unplugging is a great way to connect with yourself, monitor your thoughts, and gain more clarity in all areas of your life.
Don’t you hate it when you have a great week of exercise and good nutrition only to ruin it on Saturday and Sunday? Then, on Monday you might feel upset about falling off the fitness wagon and try to make up for your sloppy weekend of eating and drinking.
Look, it happens from time to time, no one is perfect but don’t let the weekend hurt your health. Do your best to stick to your normal wake up and fitness routines on the weekend too. Doing this will help regulate your sleep schedule and make sure you don’t fall off on your fitness program either.
One way to make it more fun is to mix up the type of exercise you do on the weekend.
For example, if you normally workout in the gym, try something different like running, yoga, swimming, or playing a team sport. Not only will keep your body guessing but it will ensure you’re getting plenty of exercise during the weekend.
Take Care of Number One (Self-Care)
Self-care isn’t selfish!
You can’t be the best version of yourself if you’re burnt out, exhausted, and tired. During the weekends, make it a priority to recharge your batteries with different self-care activities.
Some ideas could include:
- Booking a massage. This is especially important if you exercise a lot (or sit in your chair too often) and don't stretch very much. It’s also a great way to disconnect from technology and get your body back to 100% for the upcoming week.
- Going for a hike or walk. Sometimes nature is the best medicine and a great way to enjoy the little things in life. Mix up your fitness routine by going outside and hitting a hiking trail instead of the gym.
- Trying out alternative medicine. From cryotherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, infrared sauna, stretching class, or something else. Give your body and mind a much-needed recharge to get more energy and clarity for the upcoming week. Use Yelp to find a local place that offers a daily rate where you can get multiple services too.
Get Together With Friends
The weekend isn’t a time to hide inside and hustle nonstop. While there might be a season of that in your life occasionally, you want to intentionally make plans with friends and family.
Since the craziness of 2020 left so many of us isolated, it’s never been more important to get back to real human connection. Remember, we were meant to be surrounded by others and it’s vital that you make plans to get back out in the world. Hanging out with friends, family, and new people will help recharge you and get ready to crush the week.
Volunteer or Give Back
If you feel like your week runs you down and get overwhelmed with life, spend some time each weekend giving back. When you’re helping others, it’s a great way to get out of your own head and gain perspective on things. And of course, you’re helping others and putting some good karma out in the world.
If you don’t have time during the week, make it a priority to give back a few times each month on the weekends. Maybe it’s helping out at a local food bank, walking dogs at a local shelter, or supporting other causes you care about.
It’s a great way to break up the week from the weekend, do something new, and help others. As best-selling author and motivational speaker Tony Robbins has said, “The secret to living is giving.”
Learn Something New
While most of the world is shutting down and losing momentum they gained from the week, this is your time to get ahead. Make an effort each weekend to learn something new and start Monday better than you ended it on Friday.
Here are some easy ideas to help you get started:
- Watch informational videos on YouTube. Take a break from mindlessly watching funny videos and instead, find a channel to help you with a specific goal. Maybe something for work (like learning how to close more sales), for fitness, or your own personal development.
- Take an online course. It has never been easier to start learning almost anything you want online. From copywriting to coding to sales and persuasion, there is a course about anything. Plus, most of them are self-paced and can work through at your own pace.
- Read a book or listen to a podcast. Finally, don’t forget picking up an old-fashioned book (or an audiobook instead). Or, listen to a podcast to help upgrade your mindset or specific skills as well.
Remember, it’s never been easier or cheaper to learn new skills in today’s world. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity each weekend.
Plan the Week
Finally, to end your weekend make sure to set a plan for the upcoming week. By setting 15-30 minutes aside on Sunday, you can get a head start on Monday.
When planning your week, try to:
- Figure out your daily meals and workout routines.
- Plan a dinner or happy hour with your friends to catch up.
- Set time aside during the middle of the week to rest and recharge.
- Allow yourself plenty of time in the morning to work on you. That might mean a yoga class, morning meditation, or going on a long walk with your dog.
Instead, use it to recharge, unplug, and get prepared for the upcoming week. While there is plenty of time for fun, make it a point to add a few items from the above list to your weekend routine.
Doing some of these habits will help you keep momentum and go into the week stronger than ever. I’m confident that adding in some (or all) of these habits will help you maximize each weekend. Your future self will thank you!