MAY 1 IS A HOLIDAY IN CHINA. Previously, it was one of the three ‘Golden Weeks’ – typically five or more days where all 1.357 billion Chinese took a break, en masse. This year around it’s only a long weekend – which starts tomorrow.
Sightseeing is one activity that you could partake this weekend, but then you’d be struggling with the crowds. The less stressful option is to relax and recharge with a ‘study-cation’. Come Monday, you’ll be more energetic, imaginative, and far more productive than your fellow colleagues. Here’s how:
Read Great Books
Amazon is now in China (z.com), which means you can download a great book in seconds to your Kindle, iPad, laptop or mobile phone. Kindle books are also cheaper than their paper alternatives. And what better book to read on your three-day break than ‘The 4-Hour Workweek‘ by Tim Ferriss. If you can read it all in three days, you might be able retire by the end of the week! At the very least, you’ll become more productive, have a better work-life balance, and smash the 9 to 5 work assumption.
Also available on the Chinese Kindle store is The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism by Olivia Fox Cabane. The author draws on techniques that the author originally developed for Harvard and MIT in relation to charisma. Read this in three days, and you’ll amaze your colleagues on Monday with your new found charisma. The secret is about adopting a series of specific practices that fit in with the personality you already have. Try it!
Study for Free
Study doesn’t need to be limited to the classroom. The website Coursera.org brings over 1000 courses from over 100 education global education providers. Take a course in Social Entrepreneurship or even Songwriting! It’s all free.
Another MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) website is called Edx.org. One course on this site that would definitely be of value in the workplace is Framing. This course promises to teach you how to debate and create powerful messages. Perfect for Monday’s boardroom meeting!
So this long weekend, slip off the walking shoes, slip on the slippers, and exercise your brain muscle instead. It’s the stress-free alternative this ‘Golden Weekend’.