Why, oh why do the hours of our weekends seem to dissolve so quickly into the past, depositing us once again on the cusp of Monday with so little to show for the weekend just ending? There are the regular tasks – provisioning the household takes constant effort it seems – and the periodic tasks with a bit of time allowed for leisure of some sort.
If I were to list all of the things that I have done over the two days I probably would be pleased, I had productive time; why do I feel like it just wasn’t enough? I have the constant nagging feeling that I am not making the best use of my weekend hours. Do you? Have that feeling, or are you better than I at making the best use of these two days?
It wasn’t that long ago that the work week norm was considered to be 6 days with one day set aside for rest. How did they get to everything? How did they ever get the mental down time to recharge? And these days there are plenty of people who juggle 2 or more part time jobs to make ends meet – I imagine their time off is measured in hours and not days. With sleep claiming a good chunk.
Childhood weekends were filled with large boring chunks of time when the default activity became TV, with only a handful of channels to choose from to find something of interest. (If you weren’t one for sports, it was slim pickings.) I lived in suburbia which meant if I hadn’t planned my reading properly, I couldn’t get myself to the library for a refill on new books. Chores were handed out and easily completed unless we balked for some childish reason or another. A trip to the store with mom could be an interesting diversion or torture. One store had baskets set up in a way that one of us could ride underneath and the world became curious from that perspective – but it wasn’t always my turn to ride.
Now weekends seem to often be an endless round of moving undone to-do items from an old scribbled on list to a fresh list, with the hope that the item won’t have to be moved onto future lists too. Sometimes, but not often enough, I am good at planning in a little fun experience or two. This puts a squeeze on my necessary tasks, but is usually worth it from a mental energy perspective.
Well, it’s Monday again with one weekend behind and another looming in the near distance. Time to think work week thoughts.
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