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In today’s episode, I discussed the pros and cons of entrepreneurs working weekends, especially when trying to achieve big goals.

Some benefits of weekend work include getting ahead faster on a short timeline, showing commitment and hustle, having focused time without distractions, and being able to respond quicker to customers.

However, there are downsides like potential burnout, lack of work-life balance, reduced creativity from no breaks, and not being sustainable long-term.

I shared tips like setting specific weekend work hours, taking at least one full day off, batching similar tasks, and making time for fun activities.

My key takeaway is that occasional weekend work can help make progress on ambitious goals, but you still need rest and balance to avoid burnout. It’s important not to overdo it!

I’m looking forward to bringing you more insights from remarkable entrepreneurs in tomorrow’s episode.

Transcript
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Hello and welcome back to the Be Well, Do Well podcast. We're going to talk a little bit about whether or not entrepreneurs should work weekends. Working weekends is one of those things that I talk to entrepreneurs about regularly, and I find that it's really divided halfway down the middle. Some entrepreneurs really value their weekends. Maybe they have family commitments, maybe they have hobbies, and they are happy to take the weekend off and work longer hours potentially during the week. But other entrepreneurs, especially those that don't have families or young kids, they are the ones that typically will work six, maybe even seven days a week. It can be tempting to work seven days a week to try to accomplish your goal. But is it really necessary to work the weekend? Does it help you or does it harm you? To start, let's talk about a few pros of working weekends, especially when you're trying to achieve a big goal. First, the extra hours during the weekend could really help you get ahead in a short amount of time. If you think about the number of hours that you do during the week, you're probably getting in about 30 to maybe 40 hours of actual focus time. Actually, let me even rewind that. You're probably only getting about 20 to 25, maybe 30 hours of focus time a week. If you look at your time and you think about all the different activities that you're doing, you're probably not spending all of your 40 hours in your work week. in focused and concentrated work. So working the weekends could actually help you get ahead and help you achieve more in less time. Working the weekends can also help you with content creation. If it's quiet and you've got time where you can focus, you can batch create your content. So for example, if you're creating new blog posts or writing emails to your clients, you can do all of that in a short amount of time if you're focused on that one activity. And the weekends can also be helpful to help you get caught up. There are sometimes so many things on your plate as an entrepreneur, and I know how difficult it is to keep up and stay on top of things. And the weekends sometimes are just a great time to catch up on all of the work that you have maybe backed up. Now, some of the cons when it comes to working weekends is that it's really easy to burn out. As entrepreneurs, we tend to wear multiple hats. We're often doing marketing and we're doing sales and we're catching up with clients. We're also, you know, maybe even doing the technical work in our business, creating new landing pages and writing emails. And when you're switching context between one thing and the other, every day, all day, seven days a week, it's Well, that's a recipe for disaster. It's a recipe to burnout. Another thing to think about is not yourself. If you have family members, if you've got children, you want to make sure that you're spending some time nurturing those relationships as well. It's really easy to get lost in that trap of working all the time and then you forget about all the others that are around you that are supporting you and maybe not getting it. The care and attention and love that they deserve from you. Lastly, if you think about yourself as a creative, as a content creator, creativity will really suffer if you're not taking breaks. If you don't take some time to get out and work out, exercise, get in nature, spend some time with friends and family, Go out to a restaurant and just enjoy yourself, enjoy somebody else doing the cooking and cleaning for you. Your creativity and problem solving skills will suffer, and it's just not sustainable to work seven days a week for long term. Here are some tips that you can use if you decide to work some weekends. Number one, set specific hours on the weekend. If you're an early riser, get up in the morning, five o'clock, six 90 minutes working on something that you're excited about, something that fuels you, that you're passionate about. And use that as your time to focus. You don't necessarily have to work all day on the weekends and certainly not both days of the weekend. If you're going to work weekends, as I mentioned, spend one day Maybe a portion of that day working, but the other day, take it off completely. Disconnect, do some meditation, do something that helps you get away from the thoughts that are constantly swirling in your mind about the work that you do. Like me, I'm sure you really enjoy your work, but it's also really important to take a break from your work and just allow yourself to reset. I often joke about how meditation, when it comes to decluttering your mind, is like defrag was way back in the day with Windows 3. 1 and I think maybe even with Windows 95 used to have that defrag mode where it would go through and it would clean up your files and it would rearrange everything so everything is back in their color coded order. I love that idea, I love that analogy, because that's exactly what meditation will do. It'll help you calm and clear your mind. And the last tip, if you're going to work weekends, is Get intense, do whatever you need to do, but then also be intense when you play. Make sure that if you have a hobby, if you have something that you're doing outside of work, Give it the same intensity, the same amount of energy that you're giving your work. And when you start your Monday, you'll feel recharged because you gave your intensity to other things other than work. So I hope that gives you a few things to think about, whether you should work weekends at all or if you should just work a little bit during the weekend. But nonetheless, whatever works for you, as long as it's healthy, as long as it allows you to be well and do well, that's the most important part. Thanks again for joining me today. Tomorrow I'm going to be sharing an episode where I interview a remarkable entrepreneur and talk about their challenges, their struggles, but also their successes and wins. I hope you'll join me tomorrow and I'll see you then.