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How to Avoid Weekend Work

Working on the weekend is never a lot of fun. Sure, this is a great way to make some extra money and advance your career, but you definitely need time off if you are going to achieve long term success. When I started out as a freelance writer I always worked on the weekends, as well as every other day. But soon enough I was feeling burnt out, and realized that this was not the best idea.

If you are tired of working on the weekends, follow these three tips:

1. Work harder on Fridays. I know many freelance writers who put in extra work on Fridays so they do not have to do anything on the weekends, or even early the next week. Do you have the time and energy to get more work done at the end of the week? If so, this will benefit you on the weekends and maybe even into Monday.

2. Have a to-do list. When you have a to-do list you will stay on track Monday through Friday. This makes it much easier to get all of your work completed during the week. There is nothing worse than forgetting about a project, and realizing that you have to work on a weekend to complete it. With a to-do list this will never happen.

3. Don’t take on tight deadlines. When accepting a new project you need to be aware of the deadline, how much available time you have, and whether or not this could force you into weekend work. If you are not comfortable with a deadline you can always negotiate this.

These three tips should help you to avoid weekend work. Even though there are times when I work on Saturday and/or Sunday, I try to avoid this for the most part. The tips above allow me to do just that most of the time!

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