Sunday is traditionally designated as the day of rest and recuperation since olden times. Whatever the reason for this, whether religious, spiritual or just plain common sense, it is often misused and abused by the modern generation.
The moment the office closes down for the weekend, everyone flocks to their favorite pub or club and drink until the wee hours of Sunday. This is followed up by more socializing over the day. The result – a customary pounding headache on Monday morning and a strong desire to stay in bed rather than go to work. Then, there are also those who see the weekend as a getaway window where they go to a trendy spot to relax and return on Monday morning with pen-drives full of photos.
While studies and research over the years have shown that there is no significant rise in productivity if you put in extra work hours over the weekend, successful people treat their Sundays a little differently – with a little more thought and reverence. You will notice that successful people aren’t the ones who spend their Sundays in the office or in the pub celebrating the end of another tedious work week. Rather, they devise ways to make their Sundays more rewarding
Here are a few ways how you can do that:
Get up early
Disney CEO, Robert Iger gets up at 4:30 in the morning, even on a Sunday. That’s inspiring, isn’t it? For most people, Sunday is the day for lying in till afternoon. Hence, you hear so little of Sunday “breakfast” and more of Sunday “brunch”. But science says that it is best not to veer too far away from your regular routine. Get up at the same usual time, just do different things instead of office work.
Devote time to yourself
You have worked hard all past week and have another full week ahead. So it is essential that you recharge yourself. Spend some time with your family and friends. Meditate or practice yoga in the morning, for at least 20 minutes. This helps in reducing stress and also makes you more attentive to what you are doing and what you wish to do.
Spend some time on your hobby
Hobbies are an essential part of developing a well-rounded personality. The advantages of having a hobby, some interest to which you can devote time to without the pressures of making money from it, are very therapeutic. Warren Buffet plays the ukulele in his free time. Now isn’t that fascinating!
Make a plan
.Don’t work on a Sunday, however, that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare in some way for the upcoming week. Use the Sunday to think about what you have done in the past week and plan accordingly for the coming one. Having such a goal or plan is shown to increase productivity over the week.
Reconnect with society
Inside the office, your social circles are limited to colleagues and clients. Doing something charitable and social on a Sunday gives you an opportunity to reconnect with the society at large. Play football with the slum soccer team or teach underprivileged children. You will soon learn that money is not the only benchmark of success, a child’s smile can be worth more than your monthly paycheck. Even the founder of the Virgin empire, Richard Branson finds some time to pay attention to various social and environmental issues.
A Sunday is not a break from the week, rather it is a pause button. Use it well and you will find that your productivity increases and you feel less stressed.