So after almost a year now of working only 80% time at my day job I can firmly say that one of the oddest things that I have noticed has changed is long weekends are now effectively meaningless to me most of the time. You see when you have every Friday off already, having another day off after that doesn’t seem as important anymore.
In some regards I’m drifting a little bit towards the concept that many retirees have of long weekends…they only realize they exist if someone reminds them since the concept have often ceased to have the same meaning anymore. When you have every day ‘off’ the point of a long weekend is really lost.
I think my transition has more to do with the fact that a two weekend doesn’t give you much time to really get a lot done, yet three does. At least to me it always seemed to be after your required chores around the house, errands and other ‘to do’ items you would lose most of one day. That then leaves you really only one day to relax and perhaps do something fun or go visiting some friends or family. So when you already had three days for a long period of time, you don’t have the same backlog of things to do as if you were working a full time job. The result is I don’t really look forward to long weekends the same way anymore, despite the fact it means a four day weekend for me.
It’s not to say I’ve gotten everything I would like to get done during my three day weekends, as I often use them to balance off work that come up from my other jobs (school board and freelance writing). Yet I have to be honest that even if my other jobs are ‘work’ I do enjoy it so much for the most part it really doesn’t feel like the regular job at all. I think that is really the difference between doing work you like versus doing work you love. Doing work you love on your ‘day off’ doesn’t really bother you since it is more like play than work. That is in essence the reason I’m working towards financial independence, I don’t want to stop working, but I certain want more control over what I choose to work on.
Has anyone else who worked part time for a while run into a similar issue with long weekends? Or if you have never worked part time, would you like to try a four day week?