I’ve been working Saturdays lately, which is fine. Not a bother. I quite like it actually, but it does cause a problem. Sunday becomes Saturday, and Monday becomes Sunday, and even though I’m creative and freelance and supposed to have a loosey-goosey concept of time anyway, I get quite befuddled.
When I was a kid Saturday was a working day too, but a different kind of work. We would always be doing housework or shopping or something busy and meaningful. It was an active day. Sitting on your bum watching TV was somehow not acceptable on a Saturday. Sunday was lazy day, the day for watching videos and eating biscuits straight from the packet and lounging.
Now, though, Sunday has become busy day. It’s my Saturday, so I need to do all those weekend things that I wouldn’t otherwise get time for. The kids usually have a bazillion things to catch up on for school, many of which have been left to the last minute, and the poor Irishman gets caught up in the current, so we all end up being very active indeed.
That means Monday becomes Sunday, and that should be OK because I’m freelance and I can do what I want, but it’s never really a resting day. Irishman and little ladies all go off to work and school, and I help them on their way, and then I have my usual Monday Morning Meeting (a meeting that I have with myself about the week ahead. Odd, I know). After that I would feel vaguely weird if I sat on my bum so I head to the gym. Then my clients, who don’t realise that it’s Sunday in Monica World, call me or email me and actually expect me to be interested and engaged. A working day has started without my really meaning to, and it all ends up being quite action packed.
By the time Tuesday rolls around, I feel a bit resentful. It’s technically Monday now in Monica World, but yesterday didn’t feel like a proper lounging biscuit-packed Sunday, and there’s a lingering sense of being somehow robbed. Even worse, I’m working Saturdays for the next month so by the end I will be feeling very discombobulated indeed.
Who knows what day it will be by then!
Until next time, happy freelancing.
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