TGIF, are we right? Your mind might be mentally clocking out, but clock it back in. There are some smart, productive things you can do before you run out of the office toward Friday night, your swivel chair still swiveling from your high-speed escape.
We asked the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) for their advice on the best to-do list items for a right-before-the-weekend afternoon, and here’s what they had to say:
1. Celebrate your wins.
It's easy to look back on your week and think about what you've not yet done and what’s still outstanding. A good practice to cultivate is reviewing what went well and celebrating it. It reminds you to focus on your progress, the positive highs, and helps you start your weekend off in the right frame of mind.
—Lea Woodward, Inspiring Ventures
2. Hold a team meeting.
Team meetings on Friday can be a great way to recap the week and plan for the next one. With tasks and objectives clearly laid out, you can also get a head start over the weekend and start Monday with a sound plan. Be sure to set the agenda, record objectives and define responsibilities.
—Andrew Thomas, SkyBell Technologies, Inc.
3. Send two thank-you notes.
As an entrepreneur, you rely on a lot of people—your team, mentors, partners and customers—to support you each week. Before you power down for the day, recognize at least two people for their contributions with simple notes of gratitude. It goes a long way.
—Emily Holdman, PeopleKit
4. Update your contacts list.
Before you leave the office, update your contacts list and review your calendar, making a note of whom you met with over the past week and how and when you’ll follow up with them. Also add them to your LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media accounts. Doing this now makes sure no one slips through the cracks and it sets you up to start fresh on Monday.
—David Ehrenberg, Early Growth Financial Services
5. Clean your desk.
Nothing is worse than coming in on Monday morning to a stack of papers, boxes or scattered pens and notebooks. Taking the time to tidy your workspace before closing down on Friday is essential for starting the next week on a positive, welcoming note. Cleaning up your space will also help you mentally start to unplug from work in preparation for the weekend.
—Kim Kaupe, ZinePak
At the end of the day, it’s important to reflect. Before shutting down my computer on Friday evening, I usually ask myself a few questions: What have I accomplished this week? and What do I want to accomplish next week? Next month? Next year? An entrepreneur should always be aware of his or her recent accomplishments and reflect to better plan for his or her future success.
—Joe Apfelbaum, Ajax Union
7. Review next week’s calendar.
Review your calendar for Monday, so you have a head start on the week.
—Phil Dumontet, DASHED
8. Put up a killer away message.
First, you deserve to take a weekend. If you typically work on weekends, too, put up your away message to make sure that people don’t expect a quick response. Second, use the away message to drive traffic. Link to an awesome article or video on your website so people can check it out while they wait. I have increased traffic on the weekends because my away message drives emailers to my latest posts.
—Vanessa Van Edwards, Science of People
Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprising the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.