5 Ways to Boost Efficiency and Reclaim Your Weekend

reclaim your weekend

You might be tempted to take your work home with you on your days off, but before you succumb to this Ridiculously Efficient sin, try these ways to boost productivity and reclaim your weekend.

  1. Leverage Parkinson's Law. Artificially constrict work periods and attack tasks with a sense of urgency.
  2. Batch process tasks in focused "power hours." This is a supercharged version of the Pomodoro Technique that scales beautifully over a workday and workweek.
  3. Optimize your workflows. Try the Track, Hack and Attack method to identify and jettison time sucks in your day. Strive to do repetitive tasks faster. Adopt and invest energy in a solid organization system.
  4. Chill out. No, seriously. After a particularly grueling power hour or supercharged work session, shut your eyes and meditate for a few minutes.
  5. Ignore office gossip, intrapersonal politics and other water-cooler distractions. Use the time you save to improve self-knowledge, streamline your thought processes and use your work hours to cross items off your to-do list. This isn't about taking the fun out of work -- it's about preserving the sanctity of after-hours pursuits.

Why Shouldn't I Work on the Weekend?

The short answer: Work hard, play harder.

The longer answer: Emotional refueling is a core tenet of Ridiculously Efficient productivity, as it helps high-performance workers reset their brains and gets creative juices flowing.