For a while now, I’ve been spending my weekend having fun, disconnecting from work and trying to live life. If you haven’t tried it, you should. The act of entertaining yourself has more health and mental benefits than any other activity. Last year, a vendor, BrightEdge, we use at work was kind enough to invite me and some of their other clients to an event where Jack Dorsey, co-founder of both Twitter and Squareup, gave a fireside chat at Stanford University. Shout out to Ken Y from Gap, he’s an awesome guy and I only met him through that event. During the event, Jack said that he planned his week very deliberately. Saturday was for fun, Monday through Friday were work, and Sunday was for strategy for the upcoming week. What’s odd to me is I only realized this morning, he meant that he planned out his fun and his work for the week on Sunday.
Mind bending. Here I was thinking for almost a year after hearing Jack that he meant on Sunday, you should plan out your work week only. (Same age as me, btw – I’ve sold & started more companies, but he’s created far more value.) It clicked today, after spending the last month finally ignoring work on weekends, disconnecting from my inbox and just trying to breath. To have some fun, smile, laugh and enjoy life. It clicked today that Sundays, in his context, are for planning your next week of life. Sure, work compromises a large chunk for most of us but you have to feed your soul. I work to live, I don’t live to work. My identity should never be all about my job, because then I miss the bigger picture.
How do you tackle your week: Do you plan it out or simply go with the flow?
There’s a famous quote, “You can fail to plan, but nobody plans to fail.” Absolutely true and let’s be real; even if you plan nothing will go exactly as forecast. Any given black and white model fails once it hits the grimy, nuanced and fragmented existence we call reality. That’s fine and should never be used as an excuse to avoid planning.
Are you curious what my plan is this week? I’ll tell you, but first, I have to lower my voice. “They,” might be listening and I can’t afford to let my competitors in on my plans. Can you still hear me? Good. Leaning next to you, I whisper my plan for the week. “I’m going to kick ass.”