Book Review: What The Most Successful People Do On The Weekend

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I have read a couple of Laura Vanderkam’s books and I really like her approach – she writes in a fun, chatty yet journalistic voice which for me makes her very easy to read!  These little Penguin Specials are the kind of book you can pick up and read in an hour but still take something away from – always a good thing.

I’ve long been thinking that I’d like to make more of my weekends – after a busy week I can be guilty of collapsing in a heap in front of the TV or taking too much work home to do!  However, when I do make an effort to wring the best from my weekends instead of just splodging around I tend to arrive back to work feeling better for it on a Monday.

Vanderkam has interviewed a lot of impressive, successful people form all walks of life to see what a decent weekend looks like, and as you might imagine, it’s a little different for everyone.  There are some takeaways I found really useful though – scheduling in a few things, paring down things like take-home work tasks or housework to smaller amounts of time (I wholly agree with Vanderkam – these are exactly the tasks which I find ‘expand to fill the time allowed’!).  I’m going to be working to schedule three to five things in each weekend in the coming months (and making sure these encompass a range of activities too) to make my free time even more enjoyable!

My next book?

To finish, a weekend-based question:  What are your favourite things to do at the weekend?


  1. Riot Kitty
    23rd April 2013 / 5:45 am

    Dinner or movie date, or staying in and cooking and watching BBC mysteries…so many things!

  2. Relyn Lawson
    26th April 2013 / 12:13 am

    That's the second time I've heard about that book in a few weeks. I'll have to add it to my list.

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