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Why you shouldn’t work on weekends

You may have a desk piled up with paperwork and deadlines to meet. And you might end up spending your weekends working. While it’s completely understandable to finish up work on the occasional weekend, it’s not okay to do so all of the time. If you reach a point where your family hardly sees you and your friends have stopped inviting you over then you know you’ve taken it a step too far. And you need to take some time out to relax.

Here’s why it’s essential that you don’t give up on your weekends

Family

Your family is important and they are the ones that are with you whether you have a job or not. If you’re missing out on your kid’s hockey games or you can’t make time to spend with your spouse then your family life might suffer. You should start prioritising your family and set a schedule where you are able to finish all of your work on time without taking it home. Make quality time for your family and plan activities with them or just spending the weekend watching TV.

Rest

Your body needs rest. If you’re always feeling fatigued or experiencing bouts of insomnia then you may need to start taking better care of yourself. Your body could be crying out to you that it needs a break.

When you overwork your body you’ll experience burnout. You need to sleep and relax. And that’s what a weekend is for, it is a time to give your body a well-deserved rest after working the whole week.

Your company will survive with or without you. And that’s why it’s important to take care of your health first. You could end up sick if you’re always working. It can leave you depressed, stressed out, or with high blood pressure.

Mood

When you’re tired and stressed out it affects your mood. It’s very difficult to stay upbeat and in good spirits when you’re exhausted and drained. And when you work during weekends you’ll likely feel overworked and unhappy. A weekend can help boost your mood and help you recharge your mind, body, and soul. You’ll likely get to work feeling rejuvenated and fresh and ready to take on Monday.

Break

Relaxing on the weekend will give you a much-needed break from your daily responsibilities. When you’re always working, you run the risk of getting bored and frustrated with your work. Taking a break could help you love what you do instead of dreading it. If you spend all of your time working on the same tasks day in and day out, it will feel dull and mundane. You need to give yourself space from your work in order to enjoy it more.

Do fun things

You could watch movies or read a book while snuggled under your duvet cover. Sometimes you just need to let go and completely forget about any responsibilities. Taking a break on weekends could help you relax and rejuvenate. So by the time you get back to work on Monday you’re filled with ideas and you’re ready to take the day on.

Productivity

You might think that taking work home will help you become more productive, but it could have the opposite effect. When you’re tired, you’re likely to make grammatical errors and mistakes at work. This will lead you to produce sloppy work. Taking a break will improve your performance at work. When your mind is alert it produces quality work and you’ll be able to finish it more quickly.

Home vs work

If you work from home then you may be tempted to also work on weekends. But you should try to separate your work time and your personal time. Make sure you get enough work done during the week and you take time out on the weekend. When you work from home, it will be hard to establish boundaries. But it’s important to do so in order to spend time with family and friends.

Health hazards

Sitting too much is bad for your health. When you’re at work you spend hours cooped up in your desk glued to your screen. And on weekends you shouldn’t be doing the same thing too. Our bodies weren’t designed to be constantly in one sitting position. You run the risk of having organ failures, foggy brain, strained neck, and a bad back.

You need to find a balance between your work life and weekends. When you take the time to rejuvenate and relax during the weekend, you actually help yourself your family and your boss. A healthier happier and more productive you is what the world needs.