How do you close out your week and move into the weekend?
Jeff Goins (one of my favorite bloggers,) did a post on this, 10 Steps I Take to Begin Every Weekend, and it made me think about how I usually wind down my week.
I’d love to say that I do it well…and sometimes I do, but some weeks it’s more like…jump into task mode…rush to get everything done…stress about what how much I can’t get done… work through lunch… rush some more… remember that I forgot to plan dinner…then plan how much I have to catch up on over the weekend… Not a good plan to enjoy your weekend.
I though back to the weeks when I have been able to wrap up my week on a good note and really ease into the weekend and came up with my own version of my Friday wrap-up list.
10 things I need to do to wrap up my week and ease into the weekend
1. Task triage – Look over my task list (I use Pocket Informant.) What items are critical to complete this week? Defer the remainder to next week. (Get out the red pen – figuratively or literally.)
2. Hunker down – Yes, that’s my technical term for Focus, shut out the outside world (at least an hour, longer is better) and blast through as much as possible.
3. Inbox zero baby – It’s not a myth…it is possible. Process all my email, Do, Defer, Delete (I have no one to delegate to.)
4. Schedule weekend social media posts – Tweets, Facebook page posts, etc. (I use HootSuite.)
5. Prepare for next week – Look at next week’s calendar (home & work,) set tentative task/project goals & priorities (fluid – things will come up…life happens.)
6. Clean and back up my computer. (I use Glary Utilities for cleaning up digital files and an external hard drive for back-up.) If I do this every week, it doesn’t take too long.
7. Look over weekend schedule – Personal commitments, projects that need to be worked on, family activities, meals, etc. How do I want to spend my weekend?
8. Shut down the computer. (I am rarely able to completely disconnect, but if I can keep it to my iPad over the weekend, I’m doing well.)
9. Transition – Sometimes personal errands, sometimes hot cocoa with my youngest, sometimes just a cup of tea.
10. Move into family night – Pizza (non-dairy for me,) a glass of wine, and a movie with the family (Bonus points if I can stay up past 9 without falling asleep.)
How do you wrap-up and move into your weekend?