5 Things Successful People Do on Weekends

What are you doing this weekend? Many of us get asked this question all the time — friends, parents, coworkers — they all want a slice of your weekend. For many people, including myself, work takes up a significant portion of these two days “off.”

But when work doesn’t get in the way (some of us must actively keep it at bay), what are you doing? There’s lots of things that can take up our time on weekends — sleeping in, sports on TV, running errands, etc. I don’t know about you, but when I get a weekend away from work, I want to make the most of it! So after a little researching, here’s 5 things that successful people do on weekends.

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1. Rise early

First things first, don’t sleep away your weekend. As tempting as it is to sleep in on a weekend, you’ll be able to accomplish much more if you maintain healthy sleeping habits (not too much — not too little.) Robert Iger, CEO of Disney, is known for always rising at 4:30am even on weekends.

2. Be active

Don’t waste away your weekends laying on the couch watching mindless TV. Get outside, breathe some fresh air, and get your heart rate up. Too cold or rainy? Hit the gym! Trust me when I say there’s no one in the gym at 6am on a Sunday morning. You get the whole place to yourself! Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief for Vogue, commits to playing at least one hour of tennis everyday. If she has time to stay active, so do the rest of us.

3. Get a hobby

Hobbies are a great way to relieve stress from the workweek and foster creativity in a fun way. For me, hiking is a hobby. I enjoy finding new trails around me and exploring in nature. It’s also another great way to stay active. If you think you’re too busy for hobbies, just ask Warren Buffett. He plays the ukulele in his spare time. George Bush does oil painting. Jerry Bruckheimer enjoys photography (big surprise there.)

4. Give back

One of the most rewarding things you can do with your time is give it away. As with many things, when we give with a cheerful heart the recipient is not the only one receiving a blessing. Anne Frank famously said, “No one has ever become poor from giving.” Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

5. Plan ahead

Successful people know that success doesn’t just happen. You don’t just show up on Monday morning only to begin planning your week and setting your priorities. The weekend, particularly Sunday night, is a great time to take 20 minutes and set yourself up for a successful week. Write your to-do list before you get to the office and become distracted by all the fires to put out and people to please. If your schedule isn’t already made for you, take some time to outline your calendar for the week. Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, considers Sunday a day for reflection, feedback, and strategizing.

For the sake of other beneficial habits we could talk about, I’ll throw in a bonus sixth item I think should make this list.


Don’t confuse busyness with productivity. Don’t mistake a full calendar for importance (maybe you’re just bad at saying no.) Don’t think to be successful you must never slow down. In fact, if you don’t slow down, you’ll burnout. This list shouldn’t add more pressure to your already demanding schedule. On the contrary, allow these five (six) thoughts to free yourself from the grit and grind.

So, what are you doing this weekend?

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