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The problem with separating the week from weekend

Tuesday night, a long workday has passed and you have an hour before bed. You try to muster up the energy to work on your personal project but it doesn't happen. You put it off - I'll have time and energy on the weekend you say to yourself.

The weekend arrives and you've slept in. You have brunch plans. You go for a walk after. You have to buy groceries. You go out Saturday night. Sunday is laundry and gym day. You clean the house and meal prep for the week. Game of Thrones starts in an hour. That project from Tuesday night? You'll have Monday night to catch up on it.

For those working full time jobs, the weekend is a sacred bucket where all procrastinations from the week go. We imagine the bucket will be easier to empty on the days we've labeled Saturday and Sunday. It's as if the bucket feels twice as heavy on a Tuesday compared to a Saturday.

The problem with this approach is it becomes an endless cycle. Life and social priorities come up and those uninterrupted chunks of time during the weekend dissipate. Your tasks go back into the procrastination bucket and on and on it goes.

I strive not to separate a weekday from a weekend. They are all just days. Some have more free time than others. I visualize time as blocks on a calendar. What's the difference between Wednesday and Saturday? On Wednesday I'm in the office between 9 AM - 6 PM. On Saturday I have that block of time open.

So technically the only difference is I have fewer open blocks of time on Wednesday. And thus if I schedule personal project time from 8-9 PM on Wednesday, it feels no different than if I scheduled that time from 12 - 1 PM on Saturday.

The other aspect is the perception of time. I used to perceive that a weekend minute was different from a weekday minute. Weekend minutes were more flexible and productive. More appropriate for personal projects. And yet to procrastination, a weekday minute is no different from a weekend minute. It's just a minute.

If you start viewing your time as blocks of time, it wont matter which day of the week you assign them to. Instead of routinely procrastinating projects to weekends, assign them to the earliest block of time you can commit to. You'll then get in a habit of being focused and getting to work during your block of time. The day of the week wont matter. A day is just a day. A minute is just a minute.

And you'll find that once the weekend does come, the only difference is you just have more blocks of time to work with.