Not everyone is working for the weekend — some of us are working on the weekends. A Gallup poll once suggested that the standard 40-hour week now lasts 47 hours and, unsurprisingly, a lot of that extra working time gets jammed into the weekends. The fact is: Over a quarter of Americans work night shifts and about 30 percent work during the weekends, according to Forbes.
And, for some, that's okay. While free time is necessary and a work-life balance is critical to one's health and productivity, some people prefer to work on the weekends or don't mind it when their week's work spills over.
1. You can be flexible during the week.
6. You can take other days off.
"Our world has evolved into a 24/7 society," says Mary Papaleo, owner, florist and event designer for Stems at the Palatine. "We can thank the internet for that. With all convenience, comes sacrifice. The sacrifice that we, as a societal group in general, made to be able to have anything and everything at our fingertips wherever and whenever we want, is the extinction of the five day work week. Like drive-in movies, is it a thing of the past. To work on a Saturday or Sunday is completely acceptable now. Many prefer to have their days off during the 'regular' work week to avoid congestion better rates at recreational locations. It also makes it somewhat easier to schedule medical and personal appointments when you work on weekends and have weekdays off. One of the ironic advantages of working weekends is that it allows parents to work in the classrooms of their children during the week — a luxury that regular work week parents miss out on."
7. You can spend your time how you want.
"Because I work for myself, have a home office, live alone and answer only to me (and my clients), it's totally my choice how I spend my time," says Dr. Gayle Carson. "Like being able to go in there any time I want to do the things I like to do. It's my schedule and if I get a brilliant idea, I want to work on it. So for me it's perfect as long as I don't let it take over my life."
AnnaMarie Houlis is a multimedia journalist and an adventure aficionado with a keen cultural curiosity and an affinity for solo travel. She's an editor by day and a travel blogger at HerReport.org by night.