Weekends Off is an Overrated Thing.
Here Are The Top 4 Reasons Why
Mondays & Tuesday Make Better
There are somethings in life that just make sense like, hotdogs & beer at a ball game, milk & Oreo Cookies, Scotch & cigars, Sonny & Cher, Bert & Ernie, but weekends off, just don’t make a lot of sense to me. Having a background in law-enforcement, I rarely got the weekends off. Typically, I had Sundays and Mondays off, or sometimes even Mondays and Tuesdays. When I had the latter, I was amazed at how much I actually got done. Not only was I more productive during my days off, I was also able to enjoy plenty of rest and relaxation. Here are just a few things I enjoyed while being off of work on Mondays and Tuesdays:
- Time to myself. Most of the family was out of the house during the day. With the wife contributing a 2nd income to the household and the kiddos off to school, I had an entire day all to myself. While I could have just lounged around and lay in a coma all day, I chose to get some chores done around the house, tend to my yard, work on my car, get stuff done at the DMV, go to personal appointments, work on my hobbies, and often, catch up on my favorite television series.
- Restaurants are less full. When the wife and the kids came home, it was not a rare occurrence when I suggested we eat out for dinner. One of our favorite places was Peter Piper Pizza. While the place was sure to be packed to the gills on the weekends, it almost felt like we had the place all to ourselves on a Monday or Tuesday. The kids could play any game they wanted, enjoy the playground with a few other kids, and walked around almost like they owned the joint. As for the wife and I, well, we could just enjoy the freedom of letting our kids enjoy themselves while we ate most of the pizza. The kids were just too busy having fun. Don’t worry, if the little ones were still hungry, we always ordered more pizza. With the restaurant being as empty as it was, the wait time was cut significantly.
- Movie Theaters on Mondays and Tuesdays are pretty empty. Some theaters even offer discount prices for movies showing during prime time hours. Before the pandemic hit, it was the norm that theaters struggled on weekdays, which is why the concession deals and movie ticket prices were so awesome during the week. Supply & Demand is a glorious thing sometimes.
- Naps. Naps are the greatest Work/Life Balance equalizers. If you’re raising a family, have you ever tried to sneak in a nap during the weekend? It’s impossible! There’s simply too much going on. With an empty house and the world facing its case of the Mondays, you can take a nap anytime you darn well please. That, my friends, is worth its weight in gold.
I’ve gotten a lot of criticism about making a list of the Top 4 Reasons Why Mondays & Tuesdays Make Better Days Off. I originally intended to list the Top 5 Reasons, but I opted to keep it short because, well it’s Monday as I write this and I have a dentist appointment and some nap time to squeeze in before the family gets home. While I could go on and list another amazing reason on this blog, I’ll leave that up to you, the reader to decide. If you are one of the lucky people that has your days of scheduled during the week, you may find that you are just a little more appreciative of how fortunate you really are. Honestly, I think Sundays & Mondays are the perfect mix of days to enjoy some family and leisure time, and perhaps I let my selfishness get the better of me when I typed out this blog. In reality, the fact that you have “days off” means that you are working and that you are putting food on the table, and that you are providing a home for you and your loved ones, staying clothed, and have money to enjoy yourself on occasion. There’s nothing in the world that can feel better than that.
-Omar Tarango is a Freelance Blogger and Social Media Manager-