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7 Activities Super Successful People Do on the Weekends

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What are your favorite weekend activities? Do you see friends? Do you take a trip? Do you soak up all the good weather? Maybe you watch a little bit of football? The weekend is your time to do you. However, it has been shown that successful people use their weekends to network and recharge, so you may want to consider adding some of these activities to your weekend schedule. It’ll give your Monday a whole new kick!

1. Brunch

Oh, brunch. It has become the new status symbol. The queen of crafting and cooking, Martha Stewart, loves to brunch it up on the weekends. Now unlike most of us, she probably makes all the food, decorations, and beautiful napkin holders made out of leaves she finds on walks. Brunch is fun, relaxing, and the best place to get good gossip. It can also be a great time to network.

[Related: What Successful People Talk About at Happy Hour]

2. Exercise

The benefits of exercise when you have a stressful job have been reported on obsessively. In addition to helping with stress relief and giving you more energy, exercise boosts your cognitive functioning and improves your memory. Business titan T. Boone Pickens attributes exercise for boosting brain power, helping to fight Alzheimer’s, improving self confidence, and fighting fatigue. He even built a gym at his office building and made it available to all employees.

4. Instagram and Pinterest

For some, staying connected is the best part of weekends. Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff as well as Tory Burch and Lauren Conrad love to post photos to Instagram on the weekends. While others like Mark Zuckerberg, Ryan Seacrest, Nina Garcia, and Martha Stewart all love to let loose and pin it up.

[Related: Mark Zuckerberg’s Latest Move Could Be a Game-Changer for Paternity Leave]

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg turns off her email on weekday nights and probably takes a few breaks on the weekends, too. MSNBC news host Rachel Maddow likes to go to her cabin in Massachusetts, which has no television. Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend, told Forbes, “I’m not saying the whole weekend, but even just a walk without the phone can feel liberating. I advocate taking a ‘tech Sabbath.’ If you don’t have a specific religious obligation of no-work time, taking Saturday night to mid-day Sunday off is a nice, ecumenical time that works for many people.”

5. Yoga

Yoga differs from normal exercise because in integrates meditation. Stanton Kawer, CEO and chairman of Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide, explained in his article for Forbes that, “Yoga helps make me a more effective CEO by reorienting my outlook on life–my buoyancy of spirit. I spend 90 minutes in a studio feeling like a 10-year-old boy. How could I not have fun? I am doing the real work of building muscles and increasing my agility, but with poses with Sanskrit names like Surya Namaskar or equally fun English names like Warrior. I begin in tadasana, or mountain pose, as I set my intention, and I end up in savasana, or corpse pose, allowing my mind and body to clear out from a period of extreme labor.”

6. Gardening

Dominique Schurman, CEO of Papyrus, spends some of her weekends gardening. She told CEO she loves to “move her pots around, studying different ways to combine color and texture, which is not unlike what she asks her card designers to do during the week. This more relaxing sort of work adds a tactile dimension to her process of creativity.”

7. Eat Frozen Yogurt

And by frozen yogurt I mean any snack you find delicious that you don’t let yourself indulge in during the week. Julie Rice, co-founder and co-CEO of SoulCycle, loves her sweets, especially 16 Handles. “My whole life is about snacking,” the 42 year-old mother of two told Grub Street. “My husband says if I were a superhero, my name would be the Nibbler.”

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