That old Loverboy song “Everybody’s Working for the Weekend” rings true for so many of us who give their all Monday through Friday, and just want to use Saturday and Sunday to catch up on some R&R. What a lot of us don’t realize is that spending Saturday and Sunday binge-watching Netflix or sleeping off hangovers is a complete waste of 2/7 of our life. The most successful people know that, even if they won’t be doing much “work” over the weekend, they still have to be productive if they want to stay ahead of the rest of the population. Rather than glue themselves to the couch watching reality TV all weekend, the hardest working among us choose to:
Successful individuals don’t go haphazardly into the weekend. They plan their day out just as they would any other. It might be a little more loosely-scheduled than a typical Tuesday, but with only so many hours in a week, successful people know they have to use all the free time they can get to accomplish the errands and tasks they need to accomplish. Without a plan, you’ll end up watching “just one more episode” of sitcom reruns before you realize it’s already 4 p.m. on Sunday.
2. Get up early
Of course it feels good to sleep in, but it feels even better to have checked some tasks off your list before anyone else around you has gotten out of bed. It’s actually quite rejuvenating to get up and moving early on days you don’t have to. Starting your Saturday off by hitting the gym or reading a book will leave you feeling more refreshed than if you wasted an extra two or three hours laying in bed staring at the ceiling.
In today’s busy, interconnected world, most of us never truly leave work at work. Our phones are likely connected to our email and Twitter accounts, meaning we can be bombarded with a work-related task even after the 5 p.m. whistle blows on Friday. But even the hardest working among us need time to let work go. Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend, advocates taking a “tech Sabbath,” even for a couple hours over the weekend. Go fishing or hiking, visit a museum or library – and do so without your phone in your pocket. You’ll be amazed at how much more visceral the experience is.
During the week, you probably told yourself you were going to hit the gym at least once or twice. Then, life happened. While you can’t blame yourself for neglecting the gym because you needed to pick up your kids or your wife’s car broke down, the weekend is the perfect time to make up for lost opportunities. And if you can knock it off early in the day, doing so will absolutely kickstart your day and keep you motivated and moving throughout everything else you have planned for your time off.
During the week, you may not have had time to eat dinner with your kids or take them out for ice cream. Don’t be that parent that’s so addicted to work that they neglect the people they are working to support. Plan fun activities to do as a family, and don’t forget about taking your spouse out for romantic dinner dates every once in a while. Make the time to meet up with friends and connect in more ways than just text messaging each other every few weeks. After all, what’s the point of life if you can’t enjoy it with the people you love?
6. Follow passions and hobbies
Warren Buffet plays the ukulele George W. Bush paints. Jay Leno is a car freak. Successful people use every minute of their free time doing something they love doing, because they know they’ll never get that time back. Even if your hobby requires hard work and dedication, if you’re passionate about it, you’ll still be relaxed and comfortable while working on it. Don’t waste precious time scrolling through Twitter when you could be learning a new song on piano. You never know when a simple hobby could turn into a life-long passion.
7. Embrace downtime and reflect
Of course, there are times you’ll need to sit quietly and let yourself just be. Career coach and author Roy Cohen believes meditating to be a great way to achieve peace of mind, while life coach Marsha Egan says most successful people use their downtime to reflect on their accomplishments, failures, and future plans.
8. Prepare for the week ahead
There’s a reason many people wake up in a groggy panic every single Monday morning: They haven’t mentally prepare themselves for the work week. Especially if you’ve wasted the weekend and didn’t do all of the tasks you said you were going to “when you had the time,” Monday mornings can be an incredibly stressful time. But if you’ve used your weekend wisely, and you take some time Sunday night to analyze all the errands and jobs you need to do throughout the week, you can wake up on Monday feeling ready to take on whatever gets thrown at you.
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It’s always wise to respect other cultures when you’re on your travels. The problem is, there are some things that you can do that are disrespectful and you never even realised. Tricky business is travelling and having heaps of fun.
Here’s why you shouldn’t do this terrible stuff.
Don’t talk about money in France
According to France Today, the French care about money just as much as the rest of us, they just don’t like talking about it. Is that because Paris is so expensive? No, apparently talking about money is seen as vulgar, tacky and boring. Another idea that they float around is a fear of the tax authorities that goes way back in French history. The French have spent centuries devising ways to avoid them. For example, the narrow buildings in the pretty southwestern city of Bayonne have few windows—the more windows, the more the building was taxed.
Don’t give an even number of flowers in Ukraine.
You meet a cool Ukrainian woman, you try and woo her with a dozen red roses and she never talks to you again. Why? Because even numbers are for funerals. Eek.
Don’t honk at people in New Zealand
Apparently people just don’t honk in New Zealand and when they do it is to insult somebody. So don’t do it! Unless you want to insult someone, then honking is the best bet.
Don’t touch the opposite sex in public when in India.
It’s difficult to find out exactly why they don’t like it, but it’s just a no go area. Public displays of affection are frowned upon and should be kept for private occasions.
Don’t leave tips in Japan
The Japanese just don’t tip, they never have. If you do leave a tip they may start to worry about things such as paying taxes on it. They may feel the need to report the incident to their employer. Worse, they may take it as an insult.
Don’t get offended at local’s jokes in Mexico.
We tried to find out why this is, but despite numerous creative different approaches to our Google searches we always seemed to end up with loads of sites telling racist jokes about Mexicans. That’s the internet for you.
Don’t ask about going to church in Norway.
You’d better think of some other material should you be reaching for Sunday morning chit chat in Norway. Most people don’t attend church, and asking this is seen as intrusive, rude and downright weird.
Don’t give the OK gesture in Turkey
In other countries this is a positive sign, in Turkey it is not. It means you are accusing someone of being a homosexual and is considered very bad.
Don’t try and imitate the Irish accent.
We wonder how many people have walked in to a pub in Ireland and said ‘Top of the morning to ya.’ Apparently it won’t go down too well. If you try to copy their accent they may think you’re trying to patronise them or make fun of them, at the very least they’ll think you’re a bit weird.
Don’t wish happy birthday before the day itself in Germany.
In Germany it is believed that things will inevitably fail if you say that they can’t fail. If you wish someone a happy birthday in advance that implies that the person will surly survive until that birthday. Following German logic that has been around for years, and is more a habit than a genuine belief, it will increase the probability of that person dying before the birthday.
Don’t call people by their first names in Kenya
It’s taken as a sign of respect. So Miss, Mrs, Mr., Dr., and Engineer so and so (mostly the surname) are what is preferred. If you want to call someone whose name you don’t know, refer to them as madam or sir. Only refer to someone by their first name if they introduce themselves as such.
Don’t eat with your hands in Chile
We know what you’re thinking. What about pizza? It is considered rude to eat with your hands. Everything (even pizza) is eaten with a fork and knife.
Don’t eat on public transport in Singapore
We don’t know why exactly, they just don’t like it. People have been fined for chewing sweets on public transport in the past even though it was in a bid to cure motion sickness.
Don’t order cappuccino in restaurants in Italy
To sip a cappuccino after lunch is a direct and major violation of an Italian food rule and if anyone can claim to do food right then it’s the Italians. They believe the fresh whole milk that makes up over half of the contents of this drink plays havoc with digestion. Basically, you’re an amateur.
Don’t clink glasses when toasting in Hungary
Whatever you do, don’t clink someone’s glass during a toast in Hungary. You’ll mightily offend the receiver of said clink. Apparently this has something to do with the executions of the 13 martyrs of Arad… which took place in 1849.
Don’t give someone a clock or an umbrella as a present in China
The term for giving an clock as a gift would be songzhong, which sounds identical to songzhong, meaning to send someone to their final rest. The term for giving someone a umbrella would be songsan, which would sound identical to songsan, meaning to separate or disperse. Neither are seen as associations that are cool to share with a friend.
A college dropper, and as someone who could not get through JEE Advanced, took to Quora to find a reason to “live”. The anonymous person asked
The perfect reply came from Arpit Kubadia, which says how there are more important things worth living for than an exam. Here’s the complete answer:I’ll tell you a story
You come home after getting your results . It was really horrible (or you think so) . You’re just ready to give up.
So you go to your room, close the door, and write down a suicide note
You take out those razor blades, and cut for the very last time.
You grab that bottle of pills and take them all. Laying down, holding the letter to your chest, you close your eyes for the very last time.
A few hours later, your little brother knocks on your door to come tell you that the dinner is ready. You don’t answer, so he walks in. All he sees is you laying on your bed, so he thinks you’re asleep.
He tells this to your mom.
Your mom goes to your room to wake you up. She notices something is odd. She grabs the paper in your hand and reads it.
Sobbing, she tries to wake you up.
She’s screaming your name.
Your brother, so confused, runs to go tell Dad that “Mummy is crying and sissy won’t wake up.”
Your dad runs to your room.
He looks at your mom, crying, holding the letter to her chest, sitting next to your lifeless body. It hits him, what’s going on, and he screams. He screams and throws something at the wall. And then, falling to his knees, he starts to cry.
Your mom crawls over to him, and they sit there, holding each other, crying, weeping with tears.
The next day at school, there’s an announcement. The principal tells everyone about your suicide. It takes a few seconds for it to sink in, and once it does, everyone goes silent.
Everyone blames themselves.
Your teachers think they were too hard on you.
Those mean popular girls, they think of all the rubbish things they’ve said to you.
That boy that used to tease you and call you names, he can’t help but hate himself for never telling you how beautiful you really are.
Your ex boyfriend, the one that you told everything to, that broke up with you… He can’t handle it. He breaks down and starts crying, and goes out of the school.
Your friends? They’re sobbing too, wondering how they could never see that anything was wrong, wishing they could have helped you before it was too late.
And your best friend? She’s in shock.
She can’t believe it.
She knew what you were going through, but she never thought it would get that bad.
Bad enough for you to end it.
She can’t cry, she can’t feel anything. She stands up, walks out of the classroom, and just sinks to the floor.
Shaking, screaming, but no tears coming out.
It’s a few days later, at your funeral. The whole town came.
Everyone knew you, that girl with the bright smile and bubbly personality.
The one that was always there for them, the shoulder to cry on.
Lots of people talk about all the good memories they had with you, there were a lot.
Everyone’s crying, your little brother still doesn’t know you killed yourself, he’s too young.
Your parents just said you died. It hurts him, a lot.
You were his big sister, you were supposed to always be there for him.
Your best friend, she stays strong through the entire service, but as soon as they start lowering your casket into the ground, she just loses it. She cries and cries and doesn’t stop for days.
It’s two years later. The whole school talks to a counselor therapist at least once a week.
Your teachers all quit their job.
Those mean girls have eating disorders now.
That boy that used to tease you cuts himself.
Your ex boyfriend doesn’t know how to love any more and just sleeps around with girls.
Your friends all go into depression.
Your best friend? She tried to kill herself.
She didn’t succeed like you did, but she tried.
Your brother? He finally found out the truth about your death.
He self harms, he cries at night, he does exactly what you did for years leading up to your suicide.
Your parents? Their marriage fell apart.
Your dad became a workaholic to distract himself from your death.
Your mom got diagnosed with depression and just lays in bed all day.
You may not think so, but they do.
Some of your choices don’t just affect you.
They affect everyone.
Don’t end your life, you have so much to live for.
Now talking about your father; don’t you think he will prefer a non-IITian child over a dead child?
You will get another chance
He can still come back from this
But there’s no coming back from death
And more importantly
No doubt that his parents will be mad at him for low marks
But if he does this.. It will break them.
If he’s willing to deal with this problem.. Not for anyone.. But his parents..
Be honest with him
Life won’t be a breeze now
People will look down at him
And his parents will also be mad in the beginning
But If he succeeds the next time… In anything not necessarily this..
Then all WILL be forgotten.”
So why do this to yourself when you can write, swim, dance, sing, paint, orate, run business with out of the box ideas, fall in love, find a friend you can pour your heart out and talk until dawn, live in your dream home, fly to Athens or take a hike in Rishikesh (or where ever you have always longed to), work up the adrenaline and go bungee jumping, and all that keeps your heart saying let’s live more. Why reach a stage where you are sitting in an office consumed by drapetomania (strong urge to run away) when you can make a career choice that satisfies your soul, gives you opportunities to excel, and have you rise in what you love to do.
Life is tough and making career decisions tougher, but then again, it is tougher. Not impossible.
STOP THIS MENTAL ILLNESS IN OUR SOCIETY.
You know you are on the right path if:
If any of the above theory resembles with your life,you are going on right path and living a great life.
Don't complicate your life..make it adventure,take what comes and enjoy it.
When you no longer care about what others think, you listen to your gut feeling which tells you "keep going."
when you're uninterested in looking back, because you've got something more important to look ahead.
Every morning when you've reason to get up, and the reason is not just because you're alive, It is because you're living.
When no matter how the day was, You've a smile on your face when you go to sleep.
When you face difficulties, but you don't give up. No matter how hard they are, they work well for you.
When you're thankful for the things you have, thankful for the experience you had.
And even for the slightest second you think you're on the wrong path, you feel the happiness you get is worth the pain.
Then, you're on the path for that one thing you need in you're life, Don't let anyone take that path away.
Keep going. :) Don't let it go.
WHEN YOU HAVE NO REGRETS!!