I’m not sure if you have a job, you’re self-employed, or your a student; but this post can apply to almost everyone. Have you ever woken up on Monday morning and thought to yourself, “What happened to that weekend, I didn’t get anything done!” The thing to ask yourself is, should I be working in the weekend? Although we may not be impressed with ourselves by relaxing for 48 hours straight, it could be doing a lot of good for us.
So what are some of the pros and cons when it comes to weekend work?
You have 28% more time per week
It’s actually 28.57% to be exact, and I really should have rounded it up to 29%, but hey – I like even numbers, okay? What does 28.57% more time each week mean for us?
More time does not mean more work will be done
This is 100% (exactly) true. Sure, we might get some work done in the weekend. Will it be of good quality? Maybe. The problem lies in that area that takes up some of our conscious and subconscious. If we know on Monday that we’re going to finish up some work in the weekend, we may become less productive. The thought of having an extra two days enables us to relax a little too much, procrastinate. You know the rest.
You have to track your progress and make a conclusion as to whether the weekend helps you increase your total work, or leaves it the same.
In defense to the above, 28% is a hell of a lot of time, in fact, it’s approximately 104 days per year. That’s a lot! I’ll create an example for you:
There’s two people, John and Mark. They both work for the same company and regularly get assignments that have to be handed in fortnightly. John decides to spend an hour each day on it after he gets home from work, and after completing 3 or 4, he gets sick of having to come home from work and continue working. The quality of his assignments are slowly degrading.
Mark, on the other hand, decides to commit half his Saturday to completing the assignment. He finds that he’s well-focused and productive during this time. The quality of his assignments impress his boss who later rewards him with a promotion.
It’s a simple example, but it shows how that extra time can get us ahead.
Having a stressful job for some people can mean that working over the weekend does more bad than good. I can’t place enough importance on relaxation and taking breaks, they are essential. Using the weekend as a burn-out prevention tool can be a wise decision, if you feel like taking a break over the weekend would help you be more productive next week, then do so.
I find that weekends are also a good time to relax and reflect on the past week. I personally do this on Sunday, as I treat Saturday like a normal weekday. Reflecting on the week is great to track progress, you might want to plan the next week out as well.
The Value of Weekend Work
I’ve sort of touched on this in the example I gave above; weekends can be a great tool to help us a get a head-start on our projects for the coming week, just remember to not actually leave it until the weekend! Another value that weekend work possesses is working in your own environment. If you’re a person who works outside of home, you may find that being around your family or doing your work outside in the sun helps you to be more focused and productive.
Weekend work may be either good or bad for you, and it’s definitely not a consistent thing. The best way to find out what works is to try it! If you feel like relaxing this weekend, then do so, but first consider the outcome of relaxing vs. working for a little.
Do you work in the weekend? Yes? No? Leave a comment below with your response