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Publisher's Summary

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

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A bloated pamphlet

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.

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Decent message, slow narrator.

What did you like best about What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend? What did you like least?

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.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

slow. so slow. so so slow

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Read the Publisher's Summary

There isn't much more to this book than what you read in the summary. It's really more of an article.

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Short Read, Scratches Surface

Decent content but lacks depth. To be fair they are simple tactics, just hard to practice. Worth the read as a reminder/refresher/filler but not super motivational, just lays out good habits. Narrator is soft spoken, slow, and seems to be speaking in a calming tone. While it's very clear it lulled me into daydreaming and sleepiness until I cranked up the multiplier to 1.5. made it easier to stay engaged.

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Finally an answer to where I got lost

I was sure it was age that had gotten to me but it was a lifestyle change that was killing me. Starting life again at 54

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A quick read

A very quick read with good points, simple examples, basic information and recommendations. I recommend it.

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I need to plan my weekends!

Great ideas. We all have the same amount of hours. what will we do with them?

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Strategies for a Better Weekend

This book was practical in describing how we spend our time and how we waste the time on weekends.

I always thought that I could better use my time on the weekends, but lacked the structure from my work week. The author provides pertinent questions and strategies to enjoy your weekends instead of wasting them away on thinking what you would like to do and dreading Monday's.
Great book. If you are one of those folks who want more quality time, read this book. I got a lot of great strategies from it.

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Meaningful Read

This book is a great quick read that will help you maximize your weekends. I have a few life changing notes already. I plan to start implementing them this weekend and this week. I will be reading it again for maximum application. Read this book if you want to have great weekends without feeling constantly drained and like you didn't get much fun in. I can't wait to apply the suggestions!

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Author/narrator shares some fine qualities

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.