I’ve got this friend, Gina, who loves her work. She loves what she does and sometimes works on weekends.
I’m guessing she does this because:
A) She has stuff she can’t get done during the week.
B) She works in theater related stuff so performances are sometimes on weekends = no choice.
C) See the first paragraph above.
I do NOT work on weekends. I really don’t like to do it and it makes me feel like I’m giving up my precious free time.
This is not because I hate my work. I love the work I do. I don’t know it has to do a bit with how I like to really switch off on weekends on go into this whole other WEEKENDDINI mode.
But lately I’ve been feeling that when I get back to work on Monday I’m disoriented, unprepared and just not ready for the week – both in terms of being organized and just being mentally there.
So two weekends ago I came home with two work tasks. The first was to transcribe an interview and the second was to finish a draft of the press release.
First one got done – second one DID not.
Last weekend, I had all these good intentions, I had been working on a press release that was just not there and I HAD to finish it.
But when the weekend came, I just didn’t want to do it.
I knew I could get it done at work.
Then I thought, maybe I’m approaching it the wrong way.
Maybe instead of doing work over the weekend, I could prepare myself for the work-week ahead.
Whatever was bothering me the week before or that I had difficulties with, I could address it.
I decided to try keeping 3 mantras or resolutions in mind for the week ahead. So that I could have a bit of a guide for the next week.
For example they could be:
1. Proofread everything by reading it out loud
2. Give 100% at work
3. Smile more at people in the hallways
And so, I had my 3 mantra-lutions, not the ones above because mine are personal, and I found the week better. Monday didn’t seem so blue and I was more able to deal better, with everything that came my way.
I’m hoping this is the start of something positive but man, maybe that’s really all the work I need to do over a weekend.