Should You Work During the Weekend?

Guest post by Amanda DiSilvestro

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One of the biggest perks to working from home is the flexible schedule. It’s important to work during normal work hours for clients as well as your coworkers who may need to get in touch with you during the day, but more and more people who work from home are beginning to work on the weekends by choice.

The pros seem to outweigh the cons on the surface, but the realistic question remains: Is pushing my work to the weekends really a good idea, or will my work suffer?

The Defense: Working on the Weekend Pros

For some, having to work during the weekends is a necessity. If there is simply too much work to get done during the week, it is the weekends that come to the rescue. This happens whether you work in an office or work from home. However, some people who work from home choose to let their work carry over into the weekends. A few pros to this approach include:

  • Your workdays are shorter. If you can spread out your 40 hours across 7 days, you only have to work about 6 hours each day. This gives many more time to spend with family during the week when your family usually needs you most!
  • Mental breaks means production. If you don’t have to work 8 hours per day, then you’re likely to be more productive. After all, work is tiring sometimes; especially if it feels never ending.
  • Good time of the week. For some, working on the weekends is a good time to really get things done. Maybe the kids are gone or you don’t have your TV shows to tempt you. Whatever the reason, this is a great excuse to work on the weekends.

The Prosecution: Working on the Weekend Cons

Unfortunately, not all work-from-home employees can find the pros to spreading work out across the weekends. In many cases, this is actually a terrible idea that will foster quite a few cons:

  • Sudden plans have to get canceled. If your friends want to do something on the weekend, you will have to say “no” because you’re working. It’s important to ask yourself: Do I really have the discipline to say “no” to a night out?
  • No discipline. If you know that you can postpone work, you probably will. After constantly pushing your work to the weekends, you could easily get behind.
  • No routine. Not having a routine can be tough for many because it is harder to stay organized. This could cause someone to forget many different tasks they need to do, which would not make the boss happy.

The Verdict

As with most discussions of this nature, it all depends. It’s important for someone to weigh the pros and cons and analyze them in terms of the job and his/her personality. Although it might seem like a great idea to shorten your workdays, you have to be honest with yourself and create some sort of rules. This goes for all things regarding working from home, and your work hours are no different.

I personally spread my work out across the week unless I know I have something very time consuming going on that weekend. Because I don’t have a husband or kids, it’s easy for me to plan out my week and avoid distractions. I find that 7 days a week gives me more focus hours (mine are in the morning), so I’m more productive. For some, this just wouldn’t work. Again, it all depends on your situation!

Are you someone who spreads work out across weekends? Have a good story to tell? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Amanda DiSilvestro is a graduate of Illinois State University. Although she graduated with an English Education degree, she found herself working as a full-time blogger at Highervisibility.com, nationally recognized as one of the top seo firms in the country.

Comments

  1. I work on the weekends, but I’m trying to limit that now. It seems I’m healthier mentally if I have a break, especially when everyone else is breaking too :)
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  2. My husband and daughter are home on the weekends so I like to use that time to spend with them. On many occasions, I have worked a few hours, but not at my hubby’s and daughter’s expense. Balance and downtime are important to me regardless of the day it falls on.

  3. That’s definitely a great way to look at it. Balancing your life is extremely important and working on the weekends can definitely send someone into a workaholic type mode. Thanks for reading!

  4. I tried working for 6 days. Then I realized that it was making me unhappy. As in really sad and burned out on the 6th day that I don’t get to enjoy my ONE rest day per week because all I wanted to do was sleep. So I made working on the 6th day optional, meaning I only work if I have unfinished tasks from the 5 “mandatory” work days I set for myself.

    It’s working! For now… :)
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  5. Hi Amanda,

    The think I love the most about working for myself and from home is that I get to choose my hours. It is a lot easier to decide if you live by yourself, and that is my situation.

    Unfortunately, it does make for a more undisciplined life, but I was too highly disciplined for most of my life. I am much happier now.

  6. Lisa Cunningham says:

    I have tried it all. You are correct that it’s harder to discipline yourself if you’re working at home. It’s easy to get distracted by the kids, the TV and the fridge.

    If I work a sixth day, it’s usually for just four hours or less. That way, I still have a day and a half off. I am more productive in the afternoons, so that’s when I plan my writing and thinking tasks. I wish I was a morning person but try as I might, I can’t seem to get awake until well after 10:30 a.m.

    Some people with kids actually get up at 4 in the morning to write. I couldn’t do that but it’s all about finding what works for you.

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