Should You Work This Weekend?

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Posted August 2, 2012 by Marcy Farrey in Life After Five

The weekend is almost here, and most of us use those days to turn our brains off and relax.  The workweek is for work, the weekends are for fun — right?

I’ve been writing a lot lately about busyness and the work/life balance, so when I stumbled upon the article “Why Entrepreneurs Should Work On Their Days Off” on Under30CEO.com, I was intrigued.  As writer Alexis Grant explains, entrepreneurs have a slightly different mindset when it comes to work.  If they took the time to start their own business, it is probably because they wanted to pursue one of their passions.  Still, diving into heavy work on the weekends is a challenge for anyone.  It really depends on the kind of work you give your time to on weekends:

To ensure I have the right mindset and use my ‘leg-up’ hours strategically, I like to spend these designated days off only doing fun projects. I don’t bother trying to get ahead on work that doesn’t make me excited; instead, I’ll make headway on an upcoming course or pump out an awesome blog post or write pieces of my next book.”

Here, again, we come back to the idea of doing the work that we are passionate about — it may seem like work to some, but it is fun for others.  When you’re working on the projects you’re excited about, a few hours on a Sunday morning or afternoon doesn’t seem so bad.  Instead, it is uninterrupted time to let your ideas fully develop:

And that’s when those ideas really turn into something awesome – when I’m not weighed down by client projects, when I’m not on deadline, when I have time to experiment. My “off days” are the perfect time to let the creative juices flow.”

But is there a danger in overdoing it?  There always is, but you have to know what that line is for you.  If you know you can’t be productive any longer, then don’t force yourself:

Some folks choose to spend Sundays with their kids or out walking in the woods, but plenty of others squander it away by doing a lot of, well, nothing. If you’re doing nothing on purpose, OWN IT! Enjoy that down time. But you might also feel better come Monday if you’ve used part of your weekend to make major progress on your passion project.”

Know when it is your time to do nothing and relax — you shouldn’t do work just so you can feel or seem busy.  At the same time, if there’s an idea you really want to get out, give yourself that uninterrupted time to do a little work. For those of you starting your own business or creative endeavors while working a full-time job, you are no stranger to working the weekends or evenings.  You do it because you know it’s what you want, and it’s worth it.  Ultimately, that is what everyone must decide for themselves: what is worth that extra effort?

Whether you are an entrepreneur or not, there’s no need to look down on working a little on the weekends.  You might be pleasantly surprised by what you can get done in peace and quiet.  But everyone works differently — if you need that weekend time to reset, then certainly take that time.  Find what works best for you and stick with it.

Read the rest of Alexis Grant’s tips here.


About the Author

Marcy Farrey

Marcy Farrey is a videographer, writer, and editor. In her previous life, she worked as a broadcast news reporter and producer in Lincoln, Nebraska and as a writer and producer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has a Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University. Learn more about Marcy on her website www.marcyfarrey.com.

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