It’s been another long week sitting in a cubicle in corporate America. Or, possibly, you didn’t think you would make it through another scorching day out in the oil fields. Whatever your job is, I think we all start looking forward to the weekend probably around Monday.
Too Much Work, Not Enough Time
So, you’ve weaved your way past the boss around 4:30 on a Friday, afraid he/she just might ask you to come in on the weekend to finish the work that didn’t get done during the week. Never mind that there is enough work for three or four people, but you only have two people in your department.
You pack your things and make it to your car. You fumble to get your keys out and into the ignition. You turn the radio to your favorite station and that new song you’ve been waiting to hear has just started. Hell yeah … it’s the weekend!
Frank the Tank
Now that you’ve pulled out of the lot, now what? Only two days to get so much done. We’ve all seen Old School. One of the best lines in the movie came from Will Ferrell’s character, Frank the Tank …
“A pretty nice little Saturday, we’re going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, I don’t know, I don’t know if we’ll have enough time.” – Frank the Tank, Old School
Sadly, as we get older, that is pretty dead on for what so many of the weekends become. You know how it goes. Weekend time becomes more and more about how much we can get done, not rest and relaxation. I tell my wife all the time how I wish I could do something on the weekend that I WANT to do without feeling guilty about not doing the things I SHOULD do.
Relax Don’t Do It
People from my generation, the 80s, will remember a song by a red-leather-pants clad Mike Reno and Loverboy entitled “Working for the Weekend.” I don’t remember that song saying anything about working for the week, but as much as we try to cram into our weekends, sometimes it seems like we do more work Saturday and Sunday than we do Monday through Friday.
This Spring and Summer, I am going to try to make a concerted effort to do more relaxing and less work on off days. Yeah, I know, the mulch needs done, patio built, and weeds pulled. Don’t forget cutting grass, pulling weeds, and cleaning out the garage.
Is it Monday yet? I need some rest!