Working weekend is no one’s favourite activity.
It’s just two days, but extra special for everyone. That’s when all the fun happens, and when you’re at work, it’s easy to feel like you’re missing out.
However, it’s sometimes unavoidable especially if the nature of your job requires your presence all week. After all, can you imagine what would happen if every doctor, pilot, and taxi/bus/okada driver, insisted on taking every holiday off. Christmas, New Year, Easter, and what have you.
So, what can you do about it? Actually quite a lot!
This’s the survival guide you need to get you through those weekends you’re stuck at work:
For job types that require your presence 365days a year, you often have a little room to negotiate. But for others that can be done anywhere, ask your boss if you can work from home. If that’s not an option, inquire about splitting a shift so that you only work half of the weekend.
And if you absolutely have to be in the office the entire entire weekend, ask about getting a day off in the course of the week to make up for it.
2. Avoid social media as much as you can
OK, so you’re at the office on a weekend, and chances are that you’re feeling a bit lonely and bored. Your natural tendency might be to log onto Facebook or kill a little more time scrolling through Instagram photos on your phone.
Big mistake. Looking at pictures of everyone else having fun with their families and relaxing after a stressful week will only put you down. If you have to, leave your cell phone in your car or power it off and put it in your pocket. You’ll stay focused and positive, and would avoid falling victim to that “poor me” feeling that comes from looking at pictures of all your friends having fun without you.
3. Make it count
What’s worse than working on a weekend? Working on a weekend and being so distracted, or unfocused that you don’t accomplish a single thing.
Being productive can be hard if you’re the only one in the office, or if you really want to be out relaxing like everyone else. But, believe me, you’ll feel much better about being at work if you make the most of your time there. Write a list of tasks you hope to accomplish while at work and cross them off as you complete them. This would make you feel more productive.
4. Make plans before or after work
Even if you’re working weekends, it doesn’t mean your whole weekend has to be sabotaged.
Salvage what you can of it, make plans before or after work to do something fun. It gives you something to look forward to and gives your weekend more of that weekend feel you’re craving. It’s might not be the same as having the whole weekend free, but it does add a bit of enjoyment to it.
5. Make your workplace comfortable for you
If you have a specific place at work that’s especially yours, then make it nice for yourself. Adding some special little touches can make it feel homey and personalized.
Framed pictures, your favourite books, and even your favourite biscuits can make it a better place to be. You’ll feel comforted by having things around you that have your personality showing. This comes with a bonus, as it shows your employer that you care about your work environment enough to make it your second home.
Working on weekends is sure not fun. What steps do you take, to cope with the thought of not joining in the weekend fun?
Share your thoughts!