I’ve enjoyed a very productive and enjoyable weekend.  I’ve been refining a strategy on how to make the most of my time and I’d like to share it with you:

  1. Write down all the things you’d like to do this weekend so you don’t forget.  On Thursday or Friday, I’ll start keeping a running list of all the things I need to get done.
  2. Late Thursday night I’ll try to prioritize which ones can get done when.  Friday nights are good for replying to emails, Saturday mornings are good for quiet readings and Sunday nights are good for calling friends.  I like to try and plan accordingly.
  3. The most important step:  Determine what is really important to you. What will you look back on Sunday night with regret if you don’t accomplish? Highlight the “difficult” tasks, or the ones that you’ve been putting off.  It’s easy for a toughie to blend in with the easy ones and you’ll never get it done.
  4. Keep your weekend tasks on something portable, like a 3×5 card, so you can always check your progress.  It feels satisfying crossing out small tasks and problems.
  5. Take some time to appreciate the fact that you’ve accomplished things (however small) this weekend.  This last step helps begin the week on a positive note.

The first lesson in economic theory is that we live in a world of scarcity. Scarcity is a situation whereby human wants exceed the means to satisfy those wants. Human wants are assumed to be limitless, or at least they don’t frequently reveal their bounds. People always want more of something, be it more cars, more food, more love, more happiness, more peace, more health care, more clean air, or more charity. Our ability and resources to satisfy all those wants are indeed limited. There’s only a finite amount of land, iron, workers, and years in a lifetime. – Walter Williams

I filed this post under “Economics” since economics is the study of how to most efficiently allocate our finite resources.  Life is full of wonderful people to meet, books to read and laughs to be enjoyed.  Make the most of it!

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One Response to “Optimizing Your Weekends”

  1. CarlosNo Gravatar on November 21st, 2014 6:47 pm

    By October 29, 2012 – 16:30I applaud this seimntent.Both Facebook, LinkedIn, and many others in the Social Media group collect, mine, and sell your information for profit.Now if you can drop Skype and Twitter, you’d be golden.AndyO

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