We Need Weekends

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Saturday afternoon I saw a statement online from a friend mentioning that since they worked for themselves they didn’t get weekends.

Statements like that make me sad because no matter what kind of work you do, taking the time to rest and enjoy life is critical.

Same thing happens when I see social media addicted individuals go on vacation and stress over how connected or not they are going to be.

Technology shouldn’t dictate how you live your life.

While I firmly believe in working hard, I do it so that when I’m not working I can enjoy my time with family or friends.

If all you ever do is work you will burn out.

Take the day. Take the weekend. Enjoy them fully.

There will always be more time work. There won’t always be time for life.

  • http://twitter.com/bobbiklein Bobbi Klein

    I used to be one of those people C.C. saying that I never had any extra time. Life was being sucked out of me. This was a complete change from what I had when completing my Master’s in Barcelona. Re-prioritizing this year, I have decided that life is so much more important than spending all my time working. Most people think that they actually get tons of things accomplished working all of those hours, but the reality is you don’t get many extra things done, you only get burnt out. Now, I take time to travel, see friends, and spend time with my family, and I am getting more completed than before. Thanks for reminding me that life is always more important!

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      Glad to hear you “saw the light” for lack of a better way of putting it.
      Sometimes we all have to put in the long hours for various reasons. I’m just seeing WAY to many people I know getting sick or missing out on things when they don’t have to.

  • http://kommein.com Deb Ng

    It’s hard as a freelancer when you don’t want to turn down any clients but have to figure out where to make the sacrifice between work and family. Last summer I tool my first completely unplugged vacation ever,, and guess what? I didn’t explode and I didn’t lose my job. I left my cell phone in a suitcase and survived. It was wonderful.

    I just left a job where I worked weekends because I didn’t want to leave community questions unanswered or the social networks devoid of interaction. This was my big mistake and I’ll never sacrifice my family for a job again.

    You can work at home and have the weekends free, but it’s a matter of working harder not smarter. Lesson learned.

  • http://twitter.com/DaddyStruggles Daddy Struggles

    Thanks for writing this. This reminds that there’s no point in working too hard if you’d only spend the money paying for hospital bills. Being able to provide is always a priority but there always, always has to be balance between life and work. :)

  • Jenn Pipe

    I am a big believer in focus days, buffer days, and free days. focus days are days where 85% of activity is dedicated to getting you closer to your goals. buffer days are prep days (prep for a big talk, new client, etc), and free days are days where you are 100% unplugged for at least 24 hours and NOTHING work-related gets done.

  • http://raulcolon.net/ Raul Colon

    What I love by working on my own is the fact that days or weekend really don’t matter. I can’t take time off whenever I feel I am going to enjoy them the most.

    :)

  • http://www.followgreg.com/ Gregory Ng

    Thank you for this.

  • Jonathan

    One of my goals this year is to work less but get more done. It really has not worked out that way so far but it is still a goal I would like to achieve. I realized some time back I was not as busy as I believed myself to be. There was more time for me, I just need to take it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dot.cannon.79 Dot Cannon

    I love this! Still working on living it, though..

  • http://www.tommartin.typepad.com Tom Martin

    Good reminder CC — though I’d argue that it’s not always technology’s fault — often it’s fear on the part of the entrepreneur that something can’t possibly wait lest a sale be lost.

    We have to remind ourselves that likely, everything will be just fine.

    @TomMartin

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