7 Reasons Why ‘Working for the Weekend’ Is Derailing Your Work

At a Glance …

Read this if …
You sense there is a connection between time and momentum.

This post in one sentence …
Does time away take away? From our momentum? From our progress? From our purpose?

How you can engage …
Create a “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” list of your own and share it with me in the comments below. And share this post with others who might need to consider the idea, too.

Do YOU Need to Take More Time Off?

I know, I know … sounds like a trick question. But let’s think critically for a moment. Is taking time off ALWAYS a good thing? Loverboy sang “everybody’s working for the weekend …”  but does working for the weekend ever work against us?

An Observation That Initiated the Question

I recently took time away from writing. Outside of a few random posts, I didn’t blog for a couple of months. I didn’t really write anything. I won’t bore you with the reasons, but I was excited to get started again. I felt ready to pounce on a blog post like a lion stalking prey. I was mentally refreshed. I assumed two months away would allow me to come back with ideas upon ideas. It was going to be a landslide of great writing. After all, every time I write, I use up an idea; so taking a few months off should in theory create a backlog of options.

But sadly, that was not what I experienced. In fact, I experienced the opposite. I struggled to even identify ONE idea. Eventually I decided on a topic, but I struggled to begin the post. It felt like a lion was instead stalking me, and I was incapable of running away! Nothing sounded good. Nothing felt right. I powered through, but the post was boring and unhelpful. In fact, I didn’t even publish the sad little idea. It’s still sitting as a pathetic alter to apathy.

Time off is good for the body and mind. It’s good for the soul. There is a little thing called the Sabbath that God commanded. But on some level, time away takes away.

How Time Away Takes Away

For example, continuing a diet is much easier than restarting a diet (as I type, the cake sitting on our counter is calling out my name). Continuing with an exercise regimen is easier than getting back to the gym. As a campus pastor, I only preach 15ish times a year. The first message in one of my local series is ALWAYS more difficult than the second message. Why? There’s a rhythm to preaching and preparation. Finding the rhythm after a couple of months off is difficult. Time away takes away. Week two is easier, and usually better.

When it comes to writing, I discovered: Frequency of writing is directly correlated to my flow of writing. Frequency creates momentum. It’s been an interesting observation for me to contemplate. I believe it goes beyond writing.