How to Feel Like You've Done Enough Each and Every Week
If you’re checking your email on the weekends and always feeling like you’re running the rat race, here’s a way you can feel better about what you’ve accomplished (and maybe even unhook over the weekend).
It’s Friday! And you’re checking out for the weekend while simultaneously trying to get everything done before your workday ends so you can truly relax on your days off, but you know you’re going to sneak a peek at your e-mail at least a few times over the weekend. You’re also the kind of person who feels like you always need to be “on” and when someone messages you with a question whether it’s a client or a colleague you have to respond right away.
Isn’t it about time you started feeling accomplished though?
Managing our own expectations of ourselves is just as important as managing the expectations of others. An easy way to do this is to start implementing what I like to call Momentum Mondays and Freedom Fridays. By bookending your week with regular check-ins with yourself, your team, and your clients, you can build momentum and create freedom without working 100+ hours a week.
What is Freedom Friday?
Freedom Fridays are you setting the intention (and giving yourself permission) to take the weekend off. If you’re used to working both Saturday and Sunday and the idea of unhooking sounds terrifying, maybe start with giving yourself one day off from work (this means not checking your email for a full day). It’s sort of a weekly digital detox to free your mind from your fast paced schedule and allow you the space to focus on something else.
How do I do it?
Set the intention to have a digital detox (and hold yourself accountable to actually doing it by making it a non-negotiable) at least 1 day every single week.
Send an email every Friday (to clients, to your team, or both) that lets them know what you accomplished that week for the projects you’re currently working on. You might surprise yourself by how many things you can list out.
At the bottom of the email, list 1 or 2 bullet points of things you want the team to focus on next week. This is giving everyone (including you) permission to take the weekend off by saying, “This can wait until Monday.”
Commit to not working and taking some time to yourself to relax.
What is Momentum Monday?
When you and your team or clients come back refreshed on Monday morning after 2 days off, they are going to be ready to go! Plus you planted the seed on Friday listing exactly what they should be focused on for the week ahead. On Monday, whether you send an email or have a team huddle you can remind them what the focus is and elaborate on it in more detail that day. Chances are you and everyone involved will be more creative, innovative, and productive because they’ve had time for their ideas to marinate over the weekend. This will set you up for success because you will have a clear path forward. You might even find that everyone looks forward to the recap email on Friday so they can celebrate what was accomplished and see how productive they have actually been.
What happens next?
I have found I get more and more emails saying my clients feel taken care of and my employees feel supported and recognized. Plus, I feel relieved on Friday afternoon rather than overwhelmed.
Try it out and let me know how your work-life transforms in the comments!
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