2 days ago
Honestly, weekends are the hardest. For those working 9-5 jobs, the weekend is the relief. When you’re an entrepreneur, weekends are... well, different.
When I started my career, I quickly learned time management because no one was going to organize my schedule for me. What I wished someone would’ve told me? About the weekends. Yesterday, I started the day well. By 4pm, I was anxious. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My schedule is 60 percent predictable, but a normal rhythm is work 6 days a week (Sun-Fri evening) + rest 1 day (usually Fri-Sat nite). On my rest day, I spend time alone + with people I love, take time to worship, do hobbies, and Netflix. Sunday is typically my “reset” day... depending on the week, I either pull a long, uninterrupted creative/admin work day or I prep for the next week.
Sundays are usually sticky days because Sundays are a transition day. What I wished someone would’ve warned me about weekends is that’s it’s actually easier to do one or the other—work or rest. It’s the transitions that are hard.
Yesterday, around 4pm, I felt the creeping dread for the week ahead; the fear of the future knocking on the door again. My mind wanted to plan out all the scenarios. I wanted to retreat and do nothing because that feels easier than overcoming. I questioned (again) if what I was doing in my businesses was working and if I had what it takes. I played out scenarios in my head and made a list of variables I’d like to control.
Half of me wanted to retreat to numb. Half of me wanted to power through and work to numb. It’s because I was in a transition day... coming from rest, reorienting to the work ahead.
I decided to give myself permission to be uncomfortable in the feelings instead of debilitated—checking out or powering through. I told a trusted advisor and then I went for a run. I (mostly) felt better. My brain calmed down and I felt more in control and more OK with areas I’m not.
I wish someone had told me that weekends are different when you work for yourself. But then again, I think it’s a thing you have to travel on your own.
What about you? Are weekends hard or are you down for them?