We had a pretty rough end of the week (me and my main client). His sites were attacked (we think one of them is a little ‘dangerous’ for some religious organizations so he fears it wasn’t quite random) and we spent quite some time on Friday and Saturday to get them back online.
I was happy to be able to restore his projects and it didn’t matter that half of my Saturday almost was spent trying to make sure they all work properly.
In few occasions my husband was very annoyed that I’m taking client calls during the weekend or that I actually work these days too, if I have an ’emergency’ or just want to use some of my spare time for getting things done. He’s been employed for more time than me (almost 20 years, compared to my sole decade) and was fuming on few occasions that I don’t take time off to relax.
My take on it is simple: if my client needs me, I work on Christmas or New Year’s Eve. Sure, I don’t mess up my family’s holiday and don’t ruin any plans, but, if needed, I will take 1-2 hours to make sure it’s all working properly. If I don’t have anything special scheduled on that weekend/holiday, I will do some work. It’s not only because I’m a bit of an workaholic, but because I like to not waste time if I don’t have to.
Instead of watching some bad movies or play something online, I’d rather clock in few hours of work and make my next week a bit more easier.
When he was working, my husband hated going to work on weekends. Being a civil engineer, you can imagine work wasn’t always fun (especially with the huge responsibility of building blocks and running an entire team of workers), not to mention the weather can also be stress inducer. In my case the ‘extra-work’ means starting my browser and, instead of reading some silly news or watching some TV online, check on some websites, do some design etc.
On the other hand, aside for me loving my work, I’m also aware that I do take time off when I don’t want to work or we schedule something together. It’s not uncommon for me to take a ‘sabbatical’ on Wednesday for instance or a long vacation, just because we feel like it. So, if we’re to balance work and fun, if it’s OK for me to not work when everyone is doing their jobs, it’s as normal to do some work, when others are resting, if it doesn’t come against any family plans and I have nothing better to do.
What’s your case? Are you very serious with the ‘9 to 5’ plan and don’t do any extra work when it’s not a regular ‘office’ hour? Do you work a little even when you’re not ‘supposed’ to, just because there’s nothing better to do and it would give you an advantage in your business?