Time management has been on my mind a lot lately. I guess that happens when you're busy and being pulled in a lot of different directions. There's work, there's kids, there's work, there's friends, there's sports to watch and teams to root for, there's concerts to attend, and there's work. I am obviously not the only one that feels this way.
Because I really enjoy my job and I am a recovering workaholic, I am in tune with my email more hours of the day than I would care to admit. I have noticed something of late regarding email that I find interesting. While email tends to slow down on Friday around 7pm, it picks back up on Sunday right around the same time.
While I relax watching Sunday night television, I dive right in to my email during commercials or between shows, trying to knock out whatever I can prior to the workweek starting. Is there anything that can't wait until Monday morning? Absolutely not! However, I almost can't help myself.
Have you ever noticed that when you ask people about their weekends, many respond that it was "too short"? Do you think that has anything to do with the fact that they start working on Sunday night?
Instead of filing the quiet time after the kids go to sleep relaxing, I am starting my Monday morning on Sunday night. I am actually living in the future of the work I have to do Monday instead of the present and I am clearly not the only one.
This isn't a new concept either. Many years ago, when my team was building our client base (we weren't as busy and not making as much money), one of the first topics in our Monday morning meetings was the lack of sleep that some of us would get on Sunday nights because of the stress that Monday morning eventually brought. Living in to future of Monday morning prevented a good night's sleep Sunday.
So what can we do? Will I stop responding to email on Sunday night? No way. Will Sunday night start to creep in to Sunday afternoon? Maybe. Do I think that eventually we will all be working seven days a week? No I don't.
So if you are one of those people that says the weekend is too short (I don't), think about whether or not you are shortening it by diving in to Monday morning too quickly. As brilliant philosopher Ferris Bueller said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
In other words, if you don't stop and look around, you might miss your weekend.