Cheers to the Weekend! (How to make time for play time)

 
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Since elementary school I have declared Friday as my favorite day of the week.  Back in those days, I could enjoy a fun-filled weekend of television, playing, partying, and enjoying family. As much as I’m still dedicated to declaring Friday my favorite day of the week, more and more work seems to be creeping into my weekends.

As a publicist and entrepreneur, I’m pretty much on call everyday and every night but I’ve found when I have all my ducks in a row by early Friday, I open my weekend to a relaxing Netflix binge or just an awesome activity filled weekend. Here are my weekly goals to free up my weekend: 

Goal One: To Do List - If you write it all down, you can check it all off! I am a firm believer that the “to do list” is the most important tool to staying organize and on track. When I’m looking forward to a work-free weekend, I’m motivated and/or overwhelmed but I’m aware of the amount of work ahead and able to use this tool to get stuff done!  

Goal Two: Eat That Frog - A few years ago my mentor handed me over Brian Tracy’s “Eat That Frog” and I recommend it to anyone looking for a time management book. In the book, it encourages readers to Do the Most Difficult Task First or eat the “ugliest” frog first. With this method you’re rating the  “to do list” at hand. If I want an awesome weekend, I eat those strenuous deadlines first then I knock out the rest of my tasks. 

Goal Three: Imaginary Deadlines - If the deadline is Monday, my deadline is Thursday. I mean do you really want to stress and worry about all the things you need to do on Monday? I’m sure you don’t want to start on Sunday to ease the workload and I’m certain you’re not willing to get up an extra hour early on Monday to make your Monday deadline. If you have time, set an imaginary deadline and get it done early. This will not only assist with a work free weekend but a stress free one too. 

Goal Four: Take Breaks - Social Media, Blogs, YouTube, the Beautiful Sun, or just plain food are all reasons to break. However, you can definitely get caught up and lose countless hours of productivity time. Schedule breaks but please take them. We don’t want you to burn out but we also don’t want you to get caught up.  I master this by scheduling blog reading mid-day and social media browsing and posting 3 times a day unless I have a little extra time available. Hey, I’m not perfect. 

About The Author
Teia Harris is the Founder/Senior Publicist of Love Publicity, a public relations boutique focused on lifestyle brands. Teia has launched the Love Harder Campaign promoting self-love in style. Teia is a product of a vigorously working blue-collar city, Detroit, Michigan and no shortcuts have been taken on her journey to build her brand, all while simultaneously helping others build theirs.

 
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