spending part of the weekend on little professional tasks can reduce stress, bolster your career, and help facilitate work/life balance

Work on Sundays? Yes, but to get a Head Start on your “Fake Work”

Weekends are sacred for all of us. They are made for relaxing, unplugging from the daily grind, for exercising, doing volunteer work, spiritual activities and for whatever activities we don’t have time to do during the week.

But, according to time-management expert Laura Vanderkam, weekends can make you also more productive at work. In fact, she suggests that spending part of the weekend on little professional tasks can reduce stress, bolster your career, and help facilitate work/life balance.

How? Using a couple of hours of your Sunday to do what she calls “fake work.”

“Fake work” includes, catching up on emails, scheduling phone calls, and organizing to-do lists. Fake work is the stuff that any modern professional has to do as part of the job, but that rarely produces an immediate, tangible result. And it’s time-consuming, for sure. Sound familiar?

Well, here you can find some things you can save for Sunday to get a head start on your weekly tasks.

How to get ahead with your task on Sundays

  • E-mail correspondence and organization:

Take 10 minutes to read, organize and prioritize your inbox. Browse emails that can be immediately deleted such as spam or promotional emails. Then, select messages that don’t require a response and delete or archive them. Once you’ve pared down the number of messages in your inbox, you’ll be able to better evaluate which ones are the most important.

  • Research:

Browse newspapers, magazines, blogs, or books to find out the latest trends in your work field or information that can be useful for creative brainstorming.

  • List making:

Psychologically, the to-do list allows us to digest information in bite-sized form rather than tackling a giant tempest of tasks all at once. So, write down everything you need to remember or focus on what you really need to get done for the upcoming week.