You have worked your butt off all week and you made it to Friday, now it’s time to enjoy the weekend… Isn’t It? For many professionals the weekend doesn’t equate to 48 hours of pure personal time, it’s actually quite clouded with work. If you are a working weekend warrior there are a few things to think about, before spending your Saturday afternoon working instead of relaxing.
- Are you using weekend time to make up for slacking off at work, or poor time management? You may think you are the hardest worker in the office because you are one of the only ones doing work on weekends, but if you are one of the only ones this could be a good sign you aren’t using your time during the 9-5 work day effectively. Try to become conscious of how much time you spend socializing, or checking non-urgent email. Maybe your spending a little too much time checking your Facebook or LinkedIn accounts. Schedule your days out the night before, giving yourself the right amount of time it SHOULD take you to finish a task, then stick to the schedule. You may find you get everything done when you don’t allow yourself the distraction of tasks not on your schedule. Who knows maybe you could start enjoying your weekends again?
- Does what your working on REALLY have to get done. Weekends are meant to refresh you to make it through another hard working workweek, but if your spending your weekends also working you aren’t getting the break you need. Before you fire up your computer or drag yourself into an empty office, ask yourself, “Could this wait till Monday?” If it can wait and get done first thing Monday morning, then wait.