Hail the Weekend! How To Work Less And Play More

Hail The Weekend

I labelled this post a little dishonestly, simply because my week is blurred in distinction between “work week” and “weekend”.

Firstly, find your creative time

Through tried and tested measures (which remain elusive even to me), I have discovered my most creative time of the week is Monday morning.

Weekend swimming

I do not dedicate this time to “work” but to doing creative things I love that indirectly generate income. Learning, exploring, planning, and researching. It’s such a pleasure to wake up on Monday morning, knowing that I do not have to look at an email or deal with tasks until at least a couple of hours.

Of course, there is an added benefit of living and working an hour ahead of Ireland and the UK, and almost a working day ahead of the USA and Canada. It allows me headspace, and the feeling of being ahead.

Hump Day (yes, really)

I tweet a lot about “Hump Day”, simply because many of my clients are Monday-Friday, 9-5 workers, and Hump Day is the middle of the week for them, and many others. In the run up to Wednesday, people are generally getting over the weekend, and getting into the swing of work.

Once Wednesday is over, people look towards the weekend, because they are looking forward to having time off, doing the things they enjoy, or the things that make a difference to them socially.

What is a working week?

The “work week” is generally doing tasks that generate an income so they can pay the bills and fund the good stuff they do at the weekend. Whereas, the “weekend” generally signifies their own personal time, mostly perceived as pleasure time.

Secondly, do what you love and love what you do

Now imagine you were doing what you love doing ALL week. So much so, that the definitive line between workweek and weekend becomes blurred, and becomes simply a “week”. I am already sensing some of the readers here thinking “but then I have nothing to look forward to”. You just want to be happy, right?

Well, stop and rethink this belief. If you were doing work that excites and tantalises you all week, how could you possibly get bored? Why do you need something “to look forward to”? Is it possible that we have become so conditioned to separate work from play that only the celebs and rich get to “play” all week? And in fact we know they don’t, they work hard too. They have fears and bad days just like the rest of us. Do you feel you have to work hard, when you are working? Do you believe in creativity time? Thinking time? Planning time?

Why do people feel the work week is a drag and HAIL the weekend?

Here are some thoughts:

  • What we do during the week consists of meaningless tasks
  • What we do during the week doesn’t make a difference
  • What we do during the week is boring, or exhausting
  • What we do during the week lacks purpose
  • What we do during the week CANNOT be fun, because FUN is for weekends

Just be thankful you did not live in France in the 18th Century – when the French Revolutionary Calendar had ten-day weeks, and allowed one out of the ten days as a leisure day. So much for a four day week then 🙂

To really get a sense of how you view “work”, please consider the book “Work & Worth” by an Irish clinical psychologist and author, Tony Humphreys. It is a very interesting take on our beliefs about work, why we work, and work addiction.

Thirdly, learn how you can improve your week

Without giving up your business or quitting your job, how can you improve your working week? Please feel free to add to the list here:

  • Find meaning in what you do, for yourself, as well as the business
  • Inject fun into your work, tantalise your imagination
  • Ease yourself into work, by leaving emails and phone messages for another hour
  • Discover and utilise your “creative” times
  • Explore teleworking possibilities, to break up the “going to work” routine
  • Consider outsourcing necessary tasks you dread
  • Help your staff be the best they can be

Come on, add a few more in a comment below that you have been pondering on, it might encourage you to take action…