Many of us breathe a grateful TGIF when Friday rolls around, envisioning a weekend full of both productivity and refreshment. Yet too often our precious weekends seem to disappear, eaten up by unproductive work or leisure that fails to energize us. Monday morning comes too fast, finding us still unrested, with too much still undone. Time management expert Laura Vanderkam, continuing her series on What the Most Successful People Do, shows how we can take control of our weekends to get necessary R&R, while also using our downtime as a springboard to a productive week.
Drawing on real-life anecdotes and scientific research, Vanderkam explains why doing nothing can be more exhausting than doing something and why happy people make weekend plans in advance. She shares weekend tips gleaned from busy people such as politician and talk show host Mike Huckabee, former CEO Frank Baxter, and TV producer Aliza Rosen. She reveals the kind of weekend activities that make people happiest, explains why it’s important to unplug at least for a little while, and shares the secret of why Sunday night may be the most important part of any weekend.
What the Most Successful People Do On the Weekend is a fun, practical guide that will inspire you to rethink your weekends and start your workweek refreshed, renewed, and on track.
©2012 Laura Vanderkam. (P)2012 Gildan Media LLC
Where to start... First of all, it was an hour of audio slowed to an hour and a half (It only sounded normal by playing it at 1.5 speed), followed by other material. The drag was so bad that I felt it was a blatant attempt to bloat it. Then it was only one nugget of research in a mountain of bible verses, anecdotes, and personal views. This was ok if you want christian-based inspiration, such as what Mike Huckabee does on the weekend, junk if you want real advice. I'm sorry I bought it, a fool for finishing it, and a chump for spending a good credit on a veeeerrry slowly read magazine article.
I like the idea the book portrays about in order to have a good relaxing weekend you need to have "anchors," certain activities that give your weekend character and shape. You also need to plan rest and relaxation into your weekend. Overall message was good and I took some nuggets away from this book.
This book had the worst narrator I've ever heard. I had to speed it up to 1.5x the regular speed and even still the way she read commas and periods was so annoying and unnatural.
slow. so slow. so so slow
The narrator has a very pleasant voice and uses it well, with sensitivity, brightness, and a certain softness. I don't fully agree with her suggestions, as I see value in un-programmed rest time and see value in limiting travel
, for example, on one's day of rest. I like the examples she gives on activities that can add joy, delight, wonder and meaning to weekends. I perceive that though she is resourceful and creative, she maintains a certain humility.
There are several great ideas packed into this short audio book. The big take away for me is to consciously choose how to spend weekend time. One of the many ideas that I will be applying to my life is to break the weekend down into chunks (i.e., Friday evening, Saturday day, Saturday evening, Sunday day, and Sunday evening) and plan activities for each of those time chunks.
I own a small shop selling custom/costume Jewelry. I love to listen to audio books while I create jewelry. I love all animals and get very upset when they aren't treated well, even in fiction.
If you have children and a partner I guess this book could provide some insights... I found it to be lame and useless. Don't waste your $ € £ ¥ in any currency.
Probably not better than print, but easier to take with me. Relistening helps me refocus on what is really important, remember that being intentional yields greatest enjoyment... for me and for my loved ones.
Great ideas for how to enjoy weekends in a way that refreshes and enhances productivity next week.
Examples of planning for free time makes them more enjoyable, yields more rejunvenating weekend.... the couple who unwinds Friday night and talks about how to spend Saturday. This had helped my family (2 teens) actually get family time and all be happy about it.
Do some work planning on Sunday so hit ground running Monday.
I joined Audible as an MBA student who was on the road for work and lost a lot of study time. Now I just listen for fun.
I would have enjoyed the print version more than this audible book because it was hard for me to listen to this narrator. It's usually fun to hear the author narrate his/her own book, but in this case I didn't prefer it. Laura Vanderkam's pace was so slow, I played the entire book at 1.5 speed, and it was still dragging. Also, coupling the slow pace with the vocal punctuation. of her words. made it hard for me. to fully grasp. the complete thought of the sentence. Lastly, her tone was much quieter and timid than I prefer.
Yes--the book has good content. Much of it is common sense, but people should still pause to consider how they are spending their weekend time.
A voice talent instead of an author
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