This week, my post is going to be structured a bit different.
I have been churning out post after post for quite some time now advocating all sorts of things. These posts have mostly been derived from personal experiences and things I’ve learned or read along the way. What can I say? I love sharing knowledge with people. It is one of the primary reasons I started writing in the first place.
But this week, I want to hear from you. All of you. The collective wealth of knowledge available from you, the audience here on this site, is unimaginably staggering. So, here is what I would like to see happen this week. I’ve got a topic I have been thinking about, and I want your input. Your unabashed, unedited feedback and honesty.
So here it is:
Before you go running to the comments to tell me that is a silly question, give me a moment to further explain.
This question is generally geared more towards people that enjoy their work, not people that are in it purely for the money and because they have to do something to get by. I am really asking this question to the people who love their jobs. The ones who are invested in their work and enjoy waking up in the morning to go to the office. If you are a person motivated at work by purpose, because your work matters to you, then do you find you have trouble turning it off on the weekends? Do you find yourself thinking about issues at work because you can’t wait to solve the problems or finish the projects in front of you?
I do. I think about work because it matters to me. I know what I am doing is making a difference in the lives of the people around the country. So I think about it often, and usually I find myself answering emails, thinking about projects, or dreaming about how to not only do my job better, but bigger.
Don’t even get me started on side projects. I have a dream of starting a business in the next couple years and I consider making that dream a reality to be another piece of work. Between that and my day job, I work on weekends. Often. Obviously I don’t spend all of my time working. I make plenty of time to spend with my wife, hang out with friends, and be involved in other things. But, I also don’t really see a big problem with having work on weekends, especially if I enjoy it.
So, tell me. What are your thoughts on this? I want to hear if you think it’s acceptable to work on weekends. If you don’t do it, why not? If you do work on weekends, why do you continue to do it?
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