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What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend: A Short Guide to Making the Most of Your Days Off (A Penguin Special from Portfolio) [Kindle Edition]

Laura Vanderkam
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 441 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio (December 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Planning the weekend? December 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I wish I had this book many, many weekends ago. When co-workers ask me on Monday mornings, "What did you do this weekend," my mind races to think of something--anything--that sounds remotely interesting. I often just shrug in reply, "Nothing much. Just hung out." It's then when I get this vague, dreaded sense that I'd just wasted the weekend.

It sounds counterintuitive but--I would have to agree with the author--weekends are more fulfilling if they are planned, even if just informally. This provides a much better shot of actually accomplishing, visiting, or experiencing something meaningful.

This short book is packed with great ideas to maximize the precious time off many of us have each week. It's not about cramming as much as possible into each weekend, but provides techniques to help spend time wisely. My favorite chapter has to be "All There Is." Without giving too much away, it drives home the message that the time and energy we have is all we're going to get--so use it wisely, and don't waste it, because you can never get it back.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars $2.99? For this??!!! January 15, 2013
By Stella
Format:Kindle Edition
Before I say anything about this e-booklet, I just want to say that I loved, loved 168 Hours. It was useful, well researched and it was more or less a newish concept. And I kept rereading bits and pieces for a while and implementing some tips in my life.

And because I loved that book so much, I kept reading this author.

I read her blog for a while, then I read her next book "All the Money in the World" - which appeared to be put together in a hurry so I did not really enjoy that, but again, because I loved 168 Hours, I decided to buy this one for $2.99 and see what it is about and while I was reading (took me 30 minutes to read the whole thing - it is so short, most bloggers offer such e-books for free!) I felt really angry. Yes, I know 2.99 isn't a huge amount of money, but this book offers nothing new at all. You should plan your weekends, you should get up and do things, and then it gives you a few examples of supposedly successful people who do the same. Really? And I paid for this???

There isn't even an exciting new premise, at least she had something like that in "All the Money", i.e. you need more, earn more don't try to save more, etc.

I felt really cheated, completely, I'd say, if this book was 0.99 it would still be expensive for what it is.

I hate giving any book one star, in fact, I don't usually finish reading books that I dislike so much, but this one was so offensively short, it was easy to finish and I guess I was hoping I'd find something worth my money. I didn't.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to help you take back your non-work life April 2, 2013
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A very good book, now I just need to start following the principles outlined in the book :-). If you are a person dedicated to you worklife and worried about getting burnt out, then this is a good book for you. if you have a hard time setting work aside then it is also the book for you. If you weekends go by too quickly and you wonder where they went, or what you've done with your time, then yes this is the book for you.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read February 1, 2013
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This was my second book of Laura's and she didn't disappoint. The lessons were simple yet practical, insightful and easy to relate too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both brief and practical January 15, 2013
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This changed the way I looked at the weekend. I'm convert. The book is useful, an easy read, and (very important) SHORT! I recommend it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and Easy Read to Live with Intention January 17, 2013
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This is not a book telling you to make sure your weekends are detailed with an agenda like the one you get from an overbearing boss. This book makes you think about what you want with the gift of time you get every week. More thoughts here [...]
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Points on Taking Control of Your Weekend January 4, 2013
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I found this book to be helpful, though probably not as much as Vanderkam's companion book, What Most Successful Do Before Breakfast. However, I could see it proving its value to someone whose weekends slip away in front of the TV.

This book makes interesting points. There is a cultural idea that weekends are supposed to be spontaneous to be fun. This book dispelled this myth for me. Vanderkam suggests five fun, structured events on your weekend and have the rest of your time be free. I think this is a great idea, and makes me want to plan things more often (I am rather spontaneous by nature). When you plan things, they are more likely to get done.

If you find your weekends not being as full and exciting as you wish them to be, this book might help.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with Practical Advice April 12, 2013
By Mrs. D
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The test of a good self-help book is whether you can consistently, successfully use the content to improve your life. This book was a winner! It was short (hence the word "short" in the subtitle and the low price), which means you can spend more time putting the advice to use. Many self-help books spend a lot of time selling the author's premise and repeating the same ideas in different ways, but Vanderkam avoids this. She gets to the point, providing research-based evidence, practical steps and anecdotes. I've implemented at least two of the pieces of advice Vanderkam offers on a regular basis and have been more satisfied with the way I spend time on the weekends since.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
I really liked it, made me have another think about how I am spending my weekends. Wished it could have been longer though.
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Ballinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, Sweet & Weekend-Changing.
For $2.99, you can buy 3/4 of a Big Mac or read a short, simple book that will remind you of what's important & spark you to reimagine your weekends. I loved it.
Published 4 months ago by Alana
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
A perfect quick and easy read that makes you think of how you plan and structure not only your weekends, but your life!
Published 5 months ago by Mediocre
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This book made me realise that it is really easy to waste your life waiting for the right moment to do things and all it takes is good organisation to start doing them from this... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alicia
1.0 out of 5 stars What the Most Successful Writers do..
Full disclosure, I only read the article excerpt from this book. When the second sentence says "laying around" I know this writer missed a few lessons in basic grammar. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ellen E. Mccord
4.0 out of 5 stars Great short read
I am not a fan of small books but this was a quick short bit. Though the content is not ground-breaking, it provides that reset button we all need from time to time.
Published 6 months ago by Meddie
4.0 out of 5 stars quick read with good insights
As another time crunched professional, I have had this on my reading list for months. Once I finally started, I was able to read it start to finish while getting a pedicure. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Melinda L Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars good fun
lots of good, common sense ideas all written down in one place. It's a very short book, but well worth reading
Published 10 months ago by ACD
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading
I have a problem getting motivated, and with depression. This helped put things in perspective for me. Mainly make plans so you have something to look forward to. Read more
Published 10 months ago by ang
4.0 out of 5 stars inspired!
So true! Loved it! Read it front to back in 45 mins! Remember its all the little things that make our memories
Published 10 months ago by Mike Bailey
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More About the Author

Laura Vanderkam is the author of All The Money In The World: What The Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending (Portfolio, March 1, 2012), 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think (Portfolio, 2010), and Grindhopping: Build a Rewarding Career Without Paying Your Dues (McGraw-Hill, 2007).

She is a member of USA Today's Board of Contributors, writes the "168 Hours" blog for CBS MoneyWatch, and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, City Journal, Scientific American, Reader's Digest, Prevention,, and other publications. She has appeared on numerous television programs, including The Today Show and Fox & Friends, hundreds of radio segments, and has spoken about time, money and productivity to audiences ranging from the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association to MTV's employees to graduating seniors at her high school, the Indiana Academy, who brought her back as their commencement speaker in 2006.

A 2001 graduate of Princeton, she enjoys running, writing fiction, and serving as president of the Board of Trustees for The Young New Yorkers' Chorus, an organization which specializes in commissioning new music from composers under age 35. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband, two young sons and baby daughter.


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