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“Remember, remember the 5th of November

Posted on Sunday 5th November 2006 at 00:00
It has become increasingly clear to me in recent weeks that I'm suffering from a conflict of interests when it comes to how to spend my time at the weekend. Basically the problem seems to be that I have two different viewpoints on what to do with my Saturdays and Sundays, and I don't know which one I should be going with. Once again it seems to be an issue of life styles.

Right now it is 11:39am and I am in bed with the radio playing and my laptop balanced carefully on my lap so that I may check my emails, peruse the day's news and update my blog. I'm taking it easy you might say. Once I've finished this, probably at about midday, I'll take a shower, get dressed and probably skip breakfast and go straight to lunch. By the time I've eaten, washed up, and had a shave it will probably be nearly 2, even if I don't dilly dally. After that I'll have around four hours to fill with either a walk or some shopping or maybe just reading the paper before I need to start preparing my dinner.

This is all very well and good, but ultimately I won't have achieved anything with my day besides the absolute basics which will take up all my time. This is rather at odds with the school of the thought that says I should be taking advantage of this free time to get something useful done. I've got a room to tidy, hoovering and dusting to be done, a kitchen that could do with a good clean and a car that would probably benefit from a hoover and a dust. I also have several hours of seminar preparation to get done by Tuesday, masses of coursework to start and about a zillion pages of textbook to read. Once that is all done there is a career to research and some serious financial planning to get out of the way.

So, my question to you is this: should the weekend be about relaxing and taking it easy; getting things done or a bit of both? If it is both then how do you strike a balance between lying in and recharging your batteries and using every second of the day in the most productive way possible? Should it be a day of one and a day of the other, or maybe lazy mornings and productive afternoons? How much relaxation do we really need at the weekend in order to be fighting fit on Monday morning? How important is it to be on top of all the work you have to do every single weekend?

I'm so confused!

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