Book Review: What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend

Book Review: What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend by Laura VanderkamWhat the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend: A Short Guide to Making the Most of Your Days OffBook Review: What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend by Laura Vanderkam by Laura Vanderkam

If you’ve read a lot of time management books, or even Vanderkam’s own book 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam (which I highly recommend), not much of this short ebook will be super original. You have time on your weekends to accomplish a lot towards your goals. The key is to be intentional about how you use that time, instead of allowing it to slip away.

Despite it covering ground that was quite familiar from her 168 Hours book, as well as her earlier ebook What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings–and LifeWhat the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings--and Life by Laura Vanderkam, I still really appreciated the ebook and am glad I read it. While much of the content may have been familiar, that doesn’t mean that a reminder isn’t valued, or that a refresher on how exactly to make the most of my weekends isn’t appreciated.

As a stay-at-home mom, it may seem silly that I’m even concerned about weekends – aren’t my weekdays the same as my weekends? Not exactly, and I still want to make sure that as a family we’re not letting time slip away from us – a concept Vanderkam addresses as she mentions just how many (or how few) weekends you really do have with young children. If I want to make memories with my children, I need to remember that there may only be one or two perfect spring weekends when tulips are blooming, or perfect fall weekends with leaves in full color. I’ll never have another Christmas with a 3.5 and 1.5 year old, and all the wonder that they bring to that day. What’s most important for me to focus on during that time?

My favorite part of the book was her emphasis on planning your weekends. It may seem counterintuitive, especially if you’re resistant to wanting to schedule your free time, thinking it’s the same as a rigid plan for the entire time. Thinking of it as a few, in her words, “anchors” for the time, helped me to recognize that that is something all of my favorite weekends have had in common – I’ve had something enjoyable planned ahead of time. {That also helps avoid the trap we tend to fall into of “what do you want to do today? I don’t know, what do you want to do?” and then we go round and round like that and the next thing you know it’s the middle of the afternoon on Saturday and we’ve done nothing. Planning. It’s a beautiful thing.}

The book is short, and I could wish for a few more examples of how others are maximizing their weekends, but the book is priced to take the length into account. At $2.99 I think it’s an inspiring and motivating read, perfect if you’re looking for a jump-start to fresh habits in the new year. And, if you’ve got the interest to read more about maximizing your time, I’d highly encourage you to read 168 Hours168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam – it’s a terrific book on time make that life management.

Recommended.

Publisher’s Description:
Many of us breathe a grateful TGIF when Friday rolls around, envisioning a weekend full of both productivity and refreshment. Yet too often our precious weekends seem to disappear, eaten up by unproductive work or leisure that fails to energize us. Monday morning comes too fast, finding us still unrested, with too much still undone.

Time management expert Laura Vanderkam, continuing her series on What the Most Successful People Do, shows how we can take control of our weekends to get necessary R&R, while also using our downtime as a springboard to a productive week.

Drawing on real-life anecdotes and scientific research, Vanderkam explains why doing nothing can be more exhausting than doing something and why happy people make weekend plans in advance. She shares weekend tips gleaned from busy people such as politician and talk show host Mike Huckabee, former CEO Frank Baxter, and TV producer Aliza Rosen. She reveals the kind of weekend activities that make people happiest, explains why it’s important to unplug at least for a little while, and shares the secret of why Sunday night may be the most important part of any weekend.

What the Most Successful People Do On the Weekend is a fun, practical guide that will inspire you to rethink your weekends and start your workweek refreshed, renewed, and on track.

Book Details

Title: What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend: A Short Guide to Making the Most of Your Days OffBook Review: What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend by Laura Vanderkam
Author: Laura Vanderkam
Category: Nonfiction
Length: 47 pages
Format: eBook
Release Date: 2012
Publisher: Penguin
ASIN: B00AEDDPP0
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

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Comments

  1. I agree, the ebook was a lot like her previous books. But I did like the short length and the clear take-away points. Sometimes short and sweet is the way to go. I was reluctant about planning my weekends too, but I’m liking the anticipation leading up to my weekend activities now.

    • She does have me thinking about having something planned for each day – I’m starting small and might build up to more anchors. And the reminder to not overlook the benefits of anticipation was good for me as well!

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