The weekend is almost here, and you’re probably ready for some time to kick back, relax and de-stress after a long week. While you make sure this is on your agenda, it’s good practice to make sure you participate in at least one of the following five activities. They only take a few minutes and will help to be the stepping stones of a successful career.
Enhance your LinkedIn:
Consider how you can extend your reach on LinkedIn. It might be simple as sharing a few relevant articles or publishing your thoughts. The LinkedIn community loves to discuss and debate! Even get in touch with someone you know to provide you with a recommendation on LinkedIn. Even if you aren’t looking for a new job, it’s a good idea to gain as many recommendations as you can. Connect with like-minded people to expand your network, you can filter this in your search.
Although it’s important to enhance your profile on social media, it’s also time to schedule some downtime. Disconnect from your phone, get outside or spend some time doing something you love. Being connected can be terrible for your motivation, wellbeing and relationships. If you find yourself on your phone all the time, spend this weekend putting your mind somewhere else, such as reading a book. You might be surprised how everything starts to come together when you step away for a break.
Especially if you spend a lot of time at your job on your computer, it can be tempting to bring work home with you- checking emails obsessively at night and even into the weekend. You’ll come in on Monday feeling fresh and clear-minded so you’ll be able to attack any backlog from Friday then.
Ask someone for coffee:
Think about one person you would like to invite to coffee and get in touch. You thought of someone just reading that sentence, didn’t you? Reach out to them! Making the time to go for a coffee with someone you care about is a great way to strengthen relationships and your mindset.
Look up some networking events local to you every so often. Networking isn’t an event for a successful person, it’s a lifestyle. Wherever they go, whatever they do, they manage to connect with new people. Having a strong professional network is critical to your career. There is a huge range of great events that will help build your network, introduce you to new ideas and people that could in the future play a vital part in your company.
Helping others is good for the soul. While you should always focus on the benefit of volunteering, it’s also the kind of trait employers are looking for if you are job searching. Find a cause that is important to you and spend a few hours helping out. You can even organise a charity event or take part in one. You’ll make new contacts and it will add to your experience.
You can return to the office on Monday knowing you have truly relaxed, yet done something good. Building your brand, strengthening your relationships and learning new information.