For a lot of people, the weekend is a retreat from the headaches and bustle of work. For some, the weekend is a myth. The weekend is just another workday and possibly a chance to get a head start on the competition. If you look at the lives of successful people, there isn’t really a right or wrong way to structure your weekends. It’s all about finding the right balance in your life. Here’s how some of the most successful people in the world spend their weekends.
16. Richard Branson
Richard Branson told the “Telegraph” that he spends half the year traveling the world on business trips, so he likes to spend the other half on his tiny private Caribbean island, Necker.
“I know I shouldn’t, but I still like to party on Friday nights,” he admitted. This successful mogul said he loves to dance late at night until morning hours to the sounds of the island’s band, the Front Line. He heads to the crow’s nest on his roof around 2a.m. to watch the stars. He still wakes up early in the morning before everyone else for a nice swim around the island.
After his morning swim he has a healthy breakfast of fruit salad or natural muesli, but every once in a while he will spoil himself with kippers or an English breakfast.
He likes to spend his days playing tennis, kite surfing, scuba diving, or hanging out with dolphins and whales in his tiny submarine. His afternoons are often spent on the beach, playing chess with his kids.
Saturday evenings he likes to spend partying, and Sundays he enjoys rock jumping, paddle boarding, and boat races.
15. Elon Musk
Elon Musk is the billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. Musk has five sons and he likes to hang out with them on the weekends. Unfortunately, he also admitted at South by Southwest in 2013 that some of the quality time spent with his kids is also spent sending out emails.
“Because they don’t need constant interaction, expect when we’re talking directly,” he said. “I can be with them and still be working at the same time.”
14. Ariana Huffington
Ariana admits that she likes to check her emails on Saturdays, but she never expects a response from her staff.
“If I send an email at 11 at night, it’s to get it off my to-do list, but I don’t expect a reply,” she told Mashable. “And I make that very clear, I don’t expect replies over the weekend.”
13. Jack Dorsey
Dorsey is the co-founder and CEO of Twitter. In 2011, he was actually running Twitter and Square full-time. In order to get things done, he would give each day a theme to allow himself to quickly recall and refocus on what needed to be done after distractions were out of the way.
On Saturdays, Dorsey would take the day off to hike. Sundays he would use to focus on reflections, feedback, strategy, and getting ready for the rest of the week.
12. Bobbi Brown
This makeup artist turned entrepreneur still wakes up around 6:30 a.m. and heads to the kitchen for a green juice and then a double espresso even when she’s not running her beauty empire. Afterwards, she checks her emails, reads The New York Times and The New York Post, then heads to Yahoo Beauty. Bobbi was actually the editor-in-chief there for about two years.
On Sundays, Brown hits the streets of Brooklyn with her husband, brunching and shopping with her kids, and having dinner with some of the extended family.
11. Bill Gates
Billionaire and cofounder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, admitted to Reddit AMA last year that he had just spent his weekend watching his daughter ride horses and enjoying some old-fashioned fun.
“Twenty years ago, I would stay in the office for days at a time and not think twice about it – so I had energy and naiveté on my side,” he said. “Now hopefully I am a bit more mellow but with a little extra wisdom.”
10. Rachel Maddo
Rachel told People that she, her girlfriend Susan Mikula, and English Lab occupy a 275-square-foot Manhattan apartment during the week when she tapes her show.
On the weekend they like to drive three hours to escape to their country home in western Massachusetts.
“Having a place out of the city is a shortcut toward the mental reset I need,” Maddow said. Rachel also enjoys spending her Saturdays reading comic books.
9. Mark Cuban
When Mark Cuban isn’t cohosting the hit TV show “Shark Tank,” he and his wife try to maintain as normal a home life as possible, especially on the weekends:
“On the weekends we have a nanny in the morning, so Tiff and I go work out Saturday mornings. Then the rest of the weekend it’s just us. It’s us putting them to bed. It’s us at dinner. We try to be as normal as possible. The whole idea of someone serving you, this and that, that’s not us. “
8. Malcom Gladwell
Malcom is a best-selling author of books such as “Outliers” and “David and Goliath.” He likes to spend his weekends drinking tea, reading the newspaper, going for a stroll, going out to brunch, or watching HBO and sports.
He told HuffPost Black Voices, “I give thanks for all that I’ve been given.”
7. Soledad O’Brien
O’Brien likes to wake up on the weekends around 6 a.m. and is in bed by 9 p.m.
She likes to work out, spend time on her charity, and go horseback riding.
6. Sergey Brin
Surgey, cofounder of Google, enjoys pushing his body to the limit in any way he can.
In his spare time, he likes to play roller hockey, ultimate Frisbee, gymnastics, skydiving, and high-flying trapeze.
5. Adam Nash
Wealthfront CEO, Adam Nash, says it’s amazing how wonderful a few hours over dinner and drinks can be. He admitted to Quora that he and his wife are big believers in date nights.
“There really aren’t fixed time boundaries between your professional and personal life,” he explained. “That being said, we are all human, and I think you’ll see that most of the time I spend on weekends is focused on spending time with people. It’s the way I recharge, and it’s also the way I keep perspective.”
4. Tim Gunn
Gunn, cohost and mentor in “Project Runway,” told The New York Times that he likes to spend every Sunday at the Metropolitan Museum. “I stay there basically until the museum is about to close.”
He puts on his suit and walks right through Central Park to get there. “I want to prepare myself properly.”
“I’m a huge lover of art,” he explained. “I go to the Greek and Roman galleries first. I’ll choose different objects to fixate upon. A trip to the Met can be very emotional. There are paintings there that just lift me off the ground. I feel buoyant.”
After a nice visit at the museum he likes to head to the Balcony Lounge for a glass or two of wine and tea sandwiches. He pulls out his iPad and does research on the paintings he’s just seen. “I have become insatiable on the topic of ancient Rome.”
3. Michele Turner
Dictionary.com CEO, Michele Turner, says she enjoys to get the “work stuff” out of the way as quickly as possible.
Turner likes to spend a few hours working early in the morning. If she has a lot to do she’ll get up as early as 6 a.m. to get it done before her kids wake up.
“I’ll check emails during the day to make sure there aren’t any issues flaring up, but I really try to get any work-related stuff done in a specific window so I’m not interrupting my family time if at all possible,” she explained.
2. Ray Potter
SafeLogic CEO, Ray Potter, likes to spend Saturdays getting the kids to where they need to go, fetching household essentials from Target, texting with his team, making dinner, playing music, and catching up on emails.
Sunday mornings, after breakfast, he likes to spend wading through a few hours of work. He then advises younger startups and takes care of the kids’ activities. After dinner he goes back to his laptop and prepares for the week.
“There is no off switch,” Potter says. “No matter how much I delegate or what hip new productivity app I’m using, things have to get done that only the CEO can do, and that means working evenings and weekends to drive the company forward.”
1. Robert Iger
Robert Iger is the CEO of Disney and he isn’t the only executive claiming to rise at 4:30 a.m. every morning.