Working for on the Weekend

Posted: April 25, 2014

It’s 2 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. You’ve had a rough week, but you tell yourself it’s okay because it’s almost the weekend! You’re (mentally) halfway out the door and ready to kick-start your two days of freedom when all of a sudden — oh no! An emergency project has just been added to your plate. You have until Monday to get it done and you quickly realize that quitting time is fast approaching.

Does this situation seem familiar? If you own your own business, you can certainly relate to this scenario. In fact — you probably even plan for working on the weekend even before Friday hits. Before sighing and telling yourself “there are just not enough hours in the day“— take a breath!

There is a right way to get work done on the weekends and we’re here to guide you through it!

Make a List

Make a list for everything you have to get done and everything you want to get done. List the most important (have to get done) tasks on top and the less important (want to get done) tasks toward the bottom. This will ensure that you finish the most pertinent items first and leave yourself the freedom to decide whether or not you have time finish the rest.

Friendly reminder: Don’t stress if you can’t finish everything. Believe it or not, the world won’t stop turning if you don’t get it all done. Just do the best you can and remember to maintain a balance.

Work Life Balance

Okay, we get it — you’re a workaholic, but there has to be a balance! Don’t forget to mix in a little fun and personal time into your working weekend. Finding the perfect work life balance can be challenging, but once you uncover that sweet spot, you’ll be much happier and consequently — you’ll get more work done.

Your New Best Friend

Like any new best friend, you won’t want to let this one leave your side. Meet your new weekend bestie — your smartphone. This mobile buddy will enable you to get work done in between errands or while you’re watching the kids play soccer — but don’t forget to look up when they score that winning goal!

Don’t be an Overachiever

Weekends aren’t just for keeping your sanity. They allow you some much-needed time to wipe your mental slate clean, refresh, recharge, and gear up for the next week. If you’re planning on working over the weekend, don’t be an overachiever. Only focus on what absolutely has to get done by Monday and leave the rest for another day.

Tell us: How do you manage a work life balance on the weekend? Share with us in the comments or tweet us.

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