Your schedule sucks, in your opinion. You work on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and you’re worried about your social life. Will you still be able to hang out with friends? Will you be able to spend time with loved ones? Will you ever be able to enjoy that retreat out of town ever again?
Don’t be so quick to accept the negative from this. Here are ten advantages to working on weekends.
1. Scheduling Appointments
It is the most difficult struggle to make time in your busy day for a doctor’s appointment or even an appointment to get a massage during the day. Most places won’t even take you on the weekends, so you’re forced to take time off from work, which means less pay just to take care of your own personal health.
Working on weekends frees up more time from Monday through Friday so that you can have that flexibility to set up appointments and still enjoy the time you have off.
2. Getting Out Of Weekend Commitments
Your annoying friend from high school is getting married and you haven’t spoken to her in years. She’s invited you to attend, but you have no desire to waste your energy sitting through the drawn-out ceremony only to discover that the reception is a dry one. That’s no fun for you at all.
Fear not. Your number one excuse to get out of this is the fact that you’re always working on weekends. You didn’t ask for this, but your boss insisted that you be there. So, unfortunately, you’ll have to bow out of the occasion and the bride, of course, will be so understanding of the situation. This also works for smaller commitments, too, including boring birthday dinners, nights out on the town with those sloppy acquaintances you met in class, and first dates that you’re not up for.
Not many people notice until they are working on weekends, but you’ll find that you’re much more productive at work during this time versus during the week. All the busy hustle and bustle that took place prior took up time and energy from you that was needed to work on other projects that needed attention. This is your time to catch up on that busy work you’ve been putting off without wasting sleepless nights throughout the week to get it done.
4. Free Weekdays
Sometimes there’s a curiosity about what it’d be like to celebrate a “Taco Tuesday.” Tequila and wrapped deliciousness? Sign yourself up! Sure, it’s fun to go out and be crazy on a Saturday night, but any other night can be as good as a weekend night.
Additionally, you’ll find that you’ll have more time to be there for your siblings’ soccer games or to have a family dinner during the week, something you would have overlooked if you were off on weekends, which is normally devoted to friends. Having some weekdays off can give you some peace halfway through the workweek without five days of back-to-back stress.
5. Overtime Opportunities
Most jobs that require working on weekends might offer overtime that you wouldn’t be able to go for during the week. This is great news for you, especially if you’re looking for a less stressful way to earn some extra money from your job.
6. Less Crowded Places On Off Days
Although Sunday brunch is a staple for most social circles, the best spots are always going to have a waiting period just to be seated. You’re starving and you need that mimosa as soon as possible. So when it comes to working on weekends, you know that having brunch on a Wednesday looks extremely different from Sunday. There’s fewer people there, no wait, and the food and drinks come fast. The best spots will also offer deals and specials that you wouldn’t normally get on weekends.
Even if you can’t go with friends if they’re all working, it’s a peaceful experience to go somewhere alone and relax. Shopping at an empty store that’s normally full on Saturdays can make you feel like someone rented out the place just for you. When you’re off from work, you’ll find that public places are so much easier to navigate during weekdays.
7. Less Traffic On Work Days
That morning commute on Saturday morning is full of empty freeways and very few cars. This means that you get to sleep in a little longer without getting up earlier to beat the traffic like you would on weekdays. It’s a beautiful thing to drive the wide-open road without a vehicle in sight to cut you off and ruin your entire day.
8. Less Supervision
Your supervisor, who always seems to micromanage you throughout the week, is most likely off on weekends. That means you can work at a more relaxed pace without someone looking over your shoulder. Less supervision allows for more independence on your part.
9. Stand Out Professionally
There’s no better way to make yourself look better than your colleagues or coworkers than taking the extra time to work during weekends. Your boss will notice this and it will set you apart from the others. Getting the recognition that you are willing to go above and beyond to get things done for work can earn you a positive reputation, which is essential when considering pay raises and promotions.
10. Learning Better Habits
The biggest lesson you will learn from working on weekends is time management. You will start to prioritize aspects of your life that need attention throughout the week since you will be busy at work Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Learning these skills will also benefit you when it comes to finding more free time and personal moments for yourself, which is fantastic for your mental health.
Also, you’ll find that staying out late and other unhealthy habits will begin to minimize overtime. While everyone enjoys a good time, working on weekends prevents you from spending money on food and luxuries you’d normally waste and allow you to develop the habit of saving money. You might end up drinking less and getting more sleep as a result of this as well.
These are some great things to keep in mind that will help you get through your busy weekends! What are some other benefits you’ve noticed from having this type of work schedule? Leave a comment below!
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Scott Hill is a former middle school educator and current poet with multiple self-published collections. He has a degree in English Literature and Psychology from the University of Houston and resides nearby where he can be seen tending to plants at his job, snuggling with his dog on the sofa, or spending time with loved ones. He enjoys whiskey and wine nights and loves writing about other poets, personal life experiences, mental health, food, and sometimes Taylor Swift. Feel free to follow him on Instagram @scotthillpoetry!