Balancing Work and Play: How to Spend your Weekend?

By on August 1, 2011

woman sitting relaxing with a cup of coffeeBy Jane Morrison –

Have you ever noticed the change of pace the weekend brings in regards to working on your business?

The weekend for me seems like a holiday from the usual hustle and bustle of the weekday filled with appointments, phone calls, and constant emails.

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The weekend seems like we all take a “collective sigh” to spend a few more minutes with family, friends, to put our feet up or read a good book.

BALANCE is a tough subject to master. While I love the slower pace the weekend brings, I also relish in the opportunity to tackle those projects that demand some focused concentrated time and effort. I secretly smile when I see colleagues I admire also slipping in a few extra hours of work on the weekend, I know I am not alone in my pursuit to move forward on my “to do” list.

It’s a fine line to be managing my business or have my business be managing me. I choose the first option, and put some boundaries around the time I do spend in the office on the weekend.

1) I make a special “to do “list – and focus my efforts on that list, not allowing myself to stray. I realize these hours are precious and I want to make the most of them.
2) I’m aware of burn out symptoms. If I find myself unfocused, day dreaming out the window, or feel a tug to get in another weekend fun activity like taking a walk, gardening, or curling up with a book, I listen to that calling and make that a priority.
3) I reward myself after I’ve put in some extra hours. Having that “teaser” out there as a carrot propels me to put in the extra effort to get er’ done.

Remember that as a business owner, you’ll never be caught up. There will be phone calls to return, emails to answer and marketing to do. But take time for yourself to recharge and refuel, especially on the weekend, and continue to look for ways to work smarter, not harder.

Jane Morrison, Certified Coach, Author and Business Strategist, is founder and President of Mastering Your Motivation. She specializes in supporting women through transitions and as business owners. She’s an expert at seeing where you get stuck and eliminating those barriers so you’re empowered to move forward toward your goals. Her clients find effective ways to market their business and gain clients, making them feel in control again and getting rid of the feeling of overwhelm. She’s the author of “Savvy Leadership Skills for Women” and has created a powerful step-by-step program that takes you from where you are, to where you want to be. You can find free resources at and sign up for a complimentary Visioning Session at

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About Jane Morrison

Jane is the Author of “Savvy Leadership Strategies for Women” that is a dynamic resource for women to learn leadership principles that assist in career success and personal life satisfaction. As with anyone who steps out of their comfort zone to follow their dreams, she encountered bumps and challenges along her own path as an Entrepreneur and discovered that success for women has different challenges and solutions than for men. She has made women’s success her passion. You can learn more and contact her at

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Balancing Work and Play: How to Spend your Weekend?