Monday, February 9, 2009

Just One Hour

The week is generally hectic - get up go to the gym go to work rush rush through work go home stop by the store make dinner eat do dishes go to bed (phew!). Weekends are different. Sometimes they're hectic, sometimes they're computerless (thank you, rural Vermont!). But man weekends are quieter than the weeks. Those are the times where I can stop and breathe. And during those times, I ask myself:

What is one thing - just one thing - that I can do that will make tomorrow easier?

It makes a great start to the week if I can go in feeling caught up or even just a little ahead on the game. Something that takes me 30-45 minutes on a quiet Sunday will take me an hour or more while I'm in the office, by the time I do it in between all the other things that need to be done. So I can take the 30-45 minutes on a Sunday, and I can walk into the office Monday morning knowing that one item on my list is already checked off.

It's not for every weekend, and it's not for every person, but when you know you're going into a busy week, taking a little time on Sunday can be the difference that tips you from "overwhelmed" into "busy but can handle it." Enjoy your weekend. And use your weekend to help you enjoy your week.


  1. It's a good thought but I'm that other person that totally diconnects work from personal time.

    I think the main reason for modern day stress is lacking the ability to disconnect and realise that there will always be work. No matter how much you try to get done, there will always be more.

  2. Oscar, I can certainly respect the need to disconnect. I'm not very good at it myself, but if you can make it work that's great.

    I do agree that there will always be more work to do than one human can ever manage. I don't know if that's really a modern conundrum or not, but it speaks to the need for prioritization as a constant theme.