Most employees spend their week waiting for the weekend. It seems like weekends are seen as a time to disconnect and leave everything behind before complaining on Sunday nights about Mondays. From a more positive perspective, weekends are a great opportunity to start your next week fresh. Here are a few things every smart employee should do on their weekends.

Go out with some colleagues

Working with many people from different backgrounds and different mentalities can be challenging; this is why conflict in the work place is sometimes inevitable. Smart employees understand that in order to create a healthy work environment, it is important to create activities that will help you bond with your coworkers and get to know them better. Many times, the best way to reach this goal is to meet with your coworkers outside of the office. Seeing your coworkers in a more casual environment allows you to truly see their personalities and discover their fun side. When you are able to relax around a beer or coffee and find common interests, it will help you break the ice and be more than just office colleagues. Once every trimester or semester, plan a weekend activity with your colleagues. With that being done, you’ll be able to scratch the title “colleagues” and refer to “friends”. Never underestimates how a friendly atmosphere in the office can increase your productivity.


Plan a week ahead

List your objectives on a piece of paper or on your computer, preferably with deadlines. Think about the tools you will use in order to check off your to-dos. There is no need to stress over the next week during your weekend, however taking a few minutes to do so will give an action plan. Remember, failing to plan is planning to fail.


Give your brain a break

The best employees are the ones who know how to relax and distress from a busy week. Instead of taking your work with you during the weekend, take the time to let your brain breathe a little. People who relax over the weekend tend to be more energize and productive for the week ahead. A few things you could consider doing: reading, dinner with your family, a getaway, or just sleeping. Almost everything will work again if it is unplugged and reconnected; same goes for you.


Put last week in perspective

In order to set the right objectives for the new week, it is important to look back at what you’ve already accomplished. What were your goals for last week? Have all of them been met? What method can you use to work more efficiently? These are all questions that you should ask yourself over the weekend. Taking a step back will allow you to bounce back fully prepared into the new week.


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Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints

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