When you work 40 hours a week, the weekend is your time for everything – social activities, housework, projects, shopping, you pile it all in and attempt to get it done, frequently without success.
Last Thursday I created a to-do list for everything I want to get done by March 18th — that gives me two weekends and the evenings after work. It is an extensive list, I used a sheet of notebook paper to make it out. This being the end of the first weekend, I am already feeling either frustration or panic over whether or not I will get everything done. That got me to thinking, what makes a weekend successful?
Friday after work I went to an opening of an art show exhibit at Studio 1219, an art studio I have belonged to for years. I was there until 8 pm, viewing art and talking with several other artists I know. I stopped for dinner on the way home.
Once home I cleaned out “junk” email, then shopped online for a new laptop computer. Being the first time I have made a computer purchase on my own (that was always my husband’s department) I had no clue if what I was looking at was good for speed, memory, graphics, etc. Luckily a friend had recently ordered a laptop so I pulled up the unit they purchased and compared their information to mine. Feeling confident my selection was good I placed the order — laptop computer, laptop sleeve/case and external mouse. I went to bed at 3 am….so much for weekend rest!
Saturday I started a major project — cleaning out my deceased husband’s office. He had let it pile up the last couple years he was alive and I was literally stepping over and around stacks on the floor whenever I had to go in there. I pulled a considerable amount of stuff out into the upper landing and found the floor. Then I got a step stool and hauled everything out of the closet to see what was there. I spent quite a bit of time going through things, setting some aside as “keep” or “unsure” and a lot of items went into boxes marked “sell.” Boxes marked for sale I began stacking into the back of the closet. I still have a lot of stuff on the landing to go through, put away, or temporarily store somewhere during the cleaning process (I currently have a bathroom blocked). I still have more on the floor in the office to sort, not to mention on shelves and in cabinets, but I have made a decent dent and can actually walk into the room now.
Sunday morning I did a few household chores and worked on my computer. I had to prepare an Agenda for a meeting and email it out, preview a CD for a meeting later this week to make sure it ran on the laptop okay, plus a few other minor projects. I then headed out the door for a 2:00 pm lunch event with the St. Clair County Eagle Watcher’s, a photography group I belong to. This year’s event included a showing of five birds of prey. Camera’s were clicking as each bird was displayed and talked about. By 4:30 I was on the road and headed to purchase groceries.
I arrived home around 7:00 pm, unloaded and put away groceries, then chatted on the phone for about 30 minutes with a friend. I sorted about four days worth of accumulated mail, hand-wrote a draft to a column for a newspaper due this week, then drafted out this blog, which I will likely review and post Monday morning.
There are still a lot of things left on my list to do, way more than I have crossed out. Now the question is, even though I haven’t completed my list, was my weekend successful? I did attend two social events, spent the majority of one day working on a large cleaning/sorting project, completed a few other tasks, went grocery shopping, plus drafted a column and this blog,
While it is easy to look at the number of things still on my to-do list and get frustrated at what is left to do, I think I have to log the weekend as a success.
How was your weekend? Was it a success? What did you do? Was it filled with fun, work, or a combination?