Full Time IM'ers - Do you work on weekends?

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Just curious how many full timers out there work on the weekends. I find myself working on the weekends, & as much as I hate it sometimes... I actually enjoy it, lol.

I do try to do only easy work on the weekends of course

What about you?
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by joecrupie View Post

    Just curious how many full timers out there work on the weekends.
    Not many. Drives me nuts. I work seven days a week. Come Friday evening, nobody's around. I'm trying to get stuff done, and if I need to get hold of someone else? Not happening. And then they don't show up online until Monday afternoon, because they're full-time IMers and don't have to get up early anymore.

    Pisses me off, I swear.
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    • Profile picture of the author joetheseo
      Heh, ya that's quite annoying. I notice that when I'm in the office during the week my partner & I might only do 1-3 hours of REAL WORK each day... I guess that's why I don't mind working on the weekends.

      Although, We are full time affiliate SEO IM'ers... We don't really do much coaching as of yet, so I imagine our situations are slightly different
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  • Profile picture of the author JennSpencerIM
    I never know what day of the week it is! So I guess I'm probably working weekends...but I'm okay with that!
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    • Profile picture of the author A Bary
      Originally Posted by JennSpencerIM View Post

      I never know what day of the week it is!
      Lol, I thought I was alone on this
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    • Profile picture of the author Tom Goodwin
      Originally Posted by JennSpencerIM View Post

      I never know what day of the week it is! So I guess I'm probably working weekends...but I'm okay with that!
      Yea, it it wasn't for having to watch my favorite TV programs on certain days of the week, I would have no clue what day of the week it is. Saturday is the same as Wednesday to me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sardent
      Originally Posted by JennSpencerIM View Post

      I never know what day of the week it is! So I guess I'm probably working weekends...but I'm okay with that!
      Definitely.

      I mean really, what good is a paper calendar? If I don't remember what yesterday was how will it help me determine what today is?

      Thank goodness I just have an updating calendar in my sidebar.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    I never even know when it is the weekend anymore. Not sure if that is good or bad!

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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
      I have an online store with a 1-800 number so customers can place orders.

      I've often wondered if I could get the search engines to take the weekend off.

      They won't do it, so I can't either.

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  • Profile picture of the author DebraConrad
    LOL... What is a weekend? I suppose if I had kids still at home - or my hubby worked a "real" job... I'd know.
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    • Profile picture of the author joetheseo
      Ha, well glad to see there's other people in the same boat as me. Now off to grab some coffee.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrs spencer
    actually i thought im the only one with no weekend syndrome but now that you guys are mentioning it, i think im not odd then

    but i actually enkoy my pc than hanging out with some people offline...lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeb
    Sometimes...if i feel like it on the weekends. However, i've been lazy for the past month or so and putting in only about 1-2 hours per day on the weekdays. I'm starting to get into work mode again and i can put in approx 4-6 hours per day or more. The beauty of working online. I'm no online rich guru cause i choose to be low profile and i'm comfortable with how much i'm making online now.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrs spencer
    ...starting up newly you dont have much choice do you?..but i guess the more matured you are with how you handle your business the more time you free up for yourself.

    at times i do wish there is a software somewhere that will stop my pc from working on autopilot on weekends.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    My weekends aren't really weekends. Any day I want to take off is the weekend for me and that usually isn't Sat and Sun.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sam1985
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      My weekends aren't really weekends. Any day I want to take off is the weekend for me and that usually isn't Sat and Sun.
      Exactly like your weekend me also have, and this is going very boring sometimes since there is no anyone in the day time with me.:confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author AFI
    What is this weekend that you speak of?? Of course I work weekends. Gotta stay ahead of the ball.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Shaw
    Working on the weekends is completely up to you. I work from home full time and I choose my own hours.

    Sometimes I work on the weekends. Sometimes I take a week off. It all depends on what you have to get done and what you WANT to do!

    I'm launching an offline consulting product right now, so I'm working! I'm also have a blast doing it
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  • Profile picture of the author Debbie Allen
    I rarely take a weekend off. And I guess I work so much because I enjoy what I'm doing. To me, working on the weekend isn't any different than working in the middle of the night. That's one of the great things about working online - you can work when you want to.

    My kids are grown and I really can choose the times I work - the weekends are as good a time as any other for me. And like others have said, I can choose to take time off in the middle of the week or any other time if that's what I want to do. I think I have become addicted to working at my business - and that's probably not such a bad thing!
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    The other thing is that I prefer to run all my errands and do grocery shopping etc.. during the week when less people are about so I'd rather take time off then and then work more during the weekend.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Even on most of the 'real' jobs I've had, Saturday and Sunday were just bookends on the calendar. Evenings and weekends were when the customers were out, so we were open. Rather than TGIF, we lived by SWIF (So what, it's Friday)

      I do take days off, of course. And on the days my wife has off, I may only work a few hours. Yesterday, for example, we spent the afternoon at the beach watching the first of the tourists and snowbirds who had paid hundreds or thousands of dollars to come here. The weather was perfect, the sea air was fresh, even the humidity was down.
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      • Profile picture of the author Shaun OReilly
        Weekends are for people who have jobs.

        I much prefer to work when I want to and also take time
        off when I want to as well.

        If you love your work, when you do it is less of an issue.

        Look at what the masses do... and don't do it!

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    • Profile picture of the author Tom Goodwin
      Originally Posted by cashcow View Post

      The other thing is that I prefer to run all my errands and do grocery shopping etc.. during the week when less people are about so I'd rather take time off then and then work more during the weekend.
      I do the same, but OMG, i want to kill myself with the way that people typically drive at 2:30pm on a weekday. Driving 30MPH in a 40MPH zone is NOT ok
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      • Profile picture of the author Tom Goodwin
        Originally Posted by John McEachern View Post

        If that gets you uptight, how did you feel about the thumping the Spartans gave to the Wolverines?? :confused:

        3 years in row, too!

        Brutal!
        Spartans can talk when they win a football national championship I was lucky enough to be in Pasadena during our last one.
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        • Profile picture of the author W.P. Allen
          I usually take Sunday's off. I like to make pancakes in the morning (morning for me=11 a.m) and then watch HGTV & Food Network all day. I only get up off of the couch when it's time to eat again.
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        • Profile picture of the author Tom Goodwin
          Originally Posted by John McEachern View Post

          Brady quarterbacked that team, no?
          Nope, that was pre-Brady starting (Brady was a sophmore perhaps that year). We had Brian Griese at the helm. Of course, we had the only defensive player to ever win the Heisman playing that year -- all-world stud Charles Woodson.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kurt
          Originally Posted by Tom Goodwin View Post

          Spartans can talk when they win a football national championship I was lucky enough to be in Pasadena during our last one.
          Since I'm from Colorado, is this a bad time to bring up Kordell Stewart and Michael Westbrook?
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  • Profile picture of the author Owen Smith
    Yes I have worked most of today, it can be a little hard to balance work with 'real life' sometimes, but I have a goal and I am going to get there.

    I have a great support network to help me get there.

    I mainly do consultation work for businesses throught the day, so I am based offline a lot of the time.

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  • Profile picture of the author nettech
    Weekend? Ive heard of this weekend concept somewhere but it certainly doesn't apply to me! lol
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    I work on weekends most of the time, but have the flexibility to take off when I need to. As someone mentioned above, when you're full-time in IM, sometimes the boundaries between work and play get blurred, and you don't have that clearly delineated concept of workdays (Monday to Friday) and weekends anymore, unlike people who have regular jobs. When you're doing IM fulltime, you're basically your own boss and call the shots - there is no boss or superior to answer to!
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  • Profile picture of the author Pauline60
    As I am in a position where I am desperate to build up my income I work every hour I can whether that be weekends or weekdays. If I am not looking after the kids I am working. The only time out I take is to go to the gym to prevent myself from turning into a ball of lard and also to maintain my sanity.
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  • Profile picture of the author BenSalez
    Originally Posted by joecrupie View Post

    Just curious how many full timers out there work on the weekends. I find myself working on the weekends, & as much as I hate it sometimes... I actually enjoy it, lol.

    I do try to do only easy work on the weekends of course

    What about you?
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  • Profile picture of the author Puneet_Bhradwaj
    And i thought i was the only one LOL . Good to know hard working people here.
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    I work most weekends, but not very hard, and I only
    do things that I enjoy. Since I travel a lot, my weekends
    blend in to my weekdays and don't feel that different.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    Of course I work weekends...It's the only way I can catch up from messing around the other 5 days...
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
    When you own the business, the concept of a "weekend" doesn't really exist. That's "employeespeak".
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  • Profile picture of the author Randy Daugherty
    Count me in!I am one of those full time workers online. I work 24 hours everyday and 7 days a week. I only rest if needed if not I am working...WORKAHOLIC?
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    • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
      "Help, my supplier isn't responding"
      "Our roof is leaking"
      "PayPal: we're taking your money because an eBay buyer wants their item and their money back"

      None of those things I can ignore, even if I wanted to. So responding with "It's my day off" won't work. I do reward myself and my family with computer-free week long vacations and outings.
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    • Profile picture of the author Qamar
      I worked 24/7, day and night and I am not even a full time marketer. (yet)


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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Atma
    Mainly Saturdays and I keep Sunday for a FUN day... apart from that it's go-gadget-go
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  • Profile picture of the author fated82
    I dont have a fix time working on my IM biz. I do work on sat and sun, but not too long....Probably 3 - 4 hours at once. I do need some time management skills though, not been productive for some reason....
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  • Profile picture of the author Dean Jackson
    I'd have to agree with you.

    I work non-stop to deliver the goods but I actually enjoy it. You may have seen Chris Rocks stand up on Jobs vs Careers lol... Check it out, very true and funny stuff.

    And I know it will pay off soon enough

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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel R
      I do work most weekends but a lot less than on week days
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  • Profile picture of the author gskesavan
    Nope. I never usually work on Sundays. Saturday I work just 3 hrs or so checking up my progress for the week. It's only 5 days I work, but it goes like 10hrs a day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anup Mahajan
    I do work on weekends.. Ever since I got into this field the concept of weekday and weekend has been messed up for me

    Anup
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  • Profile picture of the author bigbrian76
    Seems like the theme is consistent here. I can't resist throwing in my two cents, from a slightly different angle, being that I have a regular FT job, and I do IM on the side. My wife is not on board with the concept - go figure. So, I do most of my IM work alongside my day job (project management) and squeeze in what I can in the evening and yes, even on the weekends. For my wife, this is valuable time, and I won't let IM get in the way of this.

    One thing we all need to remember as Internet Marketers - we need to make time for ourselves. We need time away to recharge the batteries. We need to give ourselves vacation time. It's vital to avoid burn-out.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    Weekends are a concept for the 9-5 people who have a regular job as an employee, the boundaries get blurred when you work for yourself in your own business. Don't even think for a second that this only applies to small-timers, ask Donald Trump how many hours he works during an average week (including weekends), and I bet you his answer will trump (sorry, I just couldn't resist the pun!) the average employee's 40-50 hour work week!
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    • Profile picture of the author imguru
      Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

      Weekends are a concept for the 9-5 people who have a regular job as an employee, the boundaries get blurred when you work for yourself in your own business. Don't even think for a second that this only applies to small-timers, ask Donald Trump how many hours he works during an average week (including weekends), and I bet you his answer will trump (sorry, I just couldn't resist the pun!) the average employee's 40-50 hour work week!
      Weekend is also a concept for people with a family
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  • Profile picture of the author fazlerocks
    I never know which day it is when I work... So I think probably I work on weekends too! Well I enjoy my work a lot.
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  • Profile picture of the author louiefrias
    Uh...what's a "weekend"?
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  • Profile picture of the author Slade556
    I really try and avoid it for my own sanity but I find that I start drifting back to the computer answering emails and checking stats. This inevitably leads to me thinking I need to get more work done and all of a sudden I have put in hours of work.

    I balance out my 'weekend working' when I go on vacation because then I don't check my computer for several days on end. The bottom line is I enjoy what I do so the occasional weekend work isn't so bad.
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  • Profile picture of the author joelraitt
    Always working...I do a bit everyday, but Sundays I usually try to get away...it's just to much fun and addicting. haha
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt MacPherson
    Depends on what's going on that particular weekend. If I'm bored I might smoke a dub, sit back and get some creative projects out of the way. I really do enjoy most aspects of what I do so I can work weekends and still enjoy it. Especially if I'm really engaged in something new. I usually work myself up into a frenzy and I'm too antsy to go out. If I'm really onto something I'll think about it constantly until it is done.

    I'm absolutely NOT a workaholic either. I'll burn myself out and go a week or two without getting any work done. I'm strange that way.

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  • Profile picture of the author miklanderson2
    My daughter plays on a traveling softball team and I'm one of the coaches so the weekends she is playing I take off. Other than that, I pretty much work 7 days a week except for a few hours on Sundays to watch football.
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    • Profile picture of the author Blogmudgeon
      Ahh yes, the weekend. That's when the family wants to do some sort of group activity. Sometimes I can dodge that...:p

      I really pay little attention to what day in the week it is--I have to look at the calendar for the date. My day generally starts with waking up at about 9-10AM, and concludes about 3 or 4AM. Some nights are early--1AM or so. Tonight is a 3AM workday. I do this 7 days a week...

      This is a mixed affair--throughout the day I do break to attend different activities. This takes about 5 hours out of the work flow. My niche is Web 2.0 socionets based upon the Joomla! platform--and the average development time on the core is about 180 hours. This runs the gamut of planning, graphics design, FAQ creation and editing, coding specific application functions, configuration, testing, etcetera. After this comes the marketing work--selecting appropriate affiliate vendors based upon the market study site demographic and building placement and directories within the site structure. That is another 140 hours or so. Then there is getting local advertising and sponsor placement, grassroots & viral member growth, and travel. There is also a 400K+ member forum that I manage and have to keep up with.

      Then, on to the next site whilst continuing the marketing operations of the previous. Perhaps when this game I have started (a couple months ago) hits its projected gross revenues in about a year--I will stop the 7 day part. But that simply does not fit into the goal structure anytime in the near future.

      I must say that every week and a half I have a "to hell with it" day. There is little productive done--as a matter of fact, I try to not be productive and find other amusing projects or hobby activities to take up the time. Otherwise, I will either stroke out or lose my mind...
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  • Profile picture of the author Fweez
    Everyday is a weekend for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author rajaiklanbaris
    sometimes i do and another day i'm off...That's the benefit of being self employment..You're free to decide wheter to work or to have fun..
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    • Profile picture of the author sal64
      Firstly, IM full time is a whole new paradigm if you have the freedom to work when you want. Therefore, the whole notion of traditional weekends probably no longer applies to most of us.

      For some reason, I now find myself working in a timeless universe. There are no more set 9-5 hours as there once was.

      However due to having a young family, it ties up my weekends, and therefore, I only work if something is urgent.

      Either way, I usually take most of Monday off and have some me time.

      The other factor is time zones. Being down under, most of my contacts, clients and staff are on different zones. So Monday is a good time to have a break, because it's Sunday int he USA.

      Then again, who needs weekends when you can work own hours?
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  • Profile picture of the author Lauryn
    If I have time, I'm working. However, I enjoy my work so much, it doesn't feel like work!
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    I do a lot of stuff on weekends.
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  • Profile picture of the author DogScout
    Other than a couple skype calls, I have 'worked' almost two hours this month. I do not remember if it was on a weekend or not. ) I think 20 minutes was on a Sunday.
    I am a firm believer in 'the 4 hour work month'.
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  • Profile picture of the author andybeveridge
    Sometimes I will work the weekend and sometimes not. Depends if I am nearly finished a project or not. I normally hike up in the mountains midweek. That kind of breaks up the week and gives my brain cells a new lease of life.

    It never feels like work to me anyway. I used to have an offline business. Six days a week, often 16 hr days. Wage bills, tax, Vat, pensions, holidays, sickness, cash flow.
    No this does not feel like work at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author vok
    I do but I have a relaxed approch to it, if I have something planned like seeing friends or family then I don't I get bored IM is my hobby and income I do it for fun and money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vitaliy K
    Just found this online right now: "If you work 8 hours all day long - you won´t be a millionaire!" (Donald Trump)

    I agree with Donald. If you want be a millionaire some day you should work for yourself and more than 8 hours a day, plus weekends of course, but I am lazy and sometimes like to have a drink with my friends.
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  • I'm a full-time IMer, and I do 7 days a week. Until such time as I'm able to hire enough staff that I can trust to be as dedicated as myself I shall continue to do so.
    Once I can head-hunt enough dedicated dogs, I shall stop barking myself.
    Actually, I probably won't. I'll just start another project, lol.
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    • Profile picture of the author creative
      I work every day, because I love it!
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      • Profile picture of the author sal64
        Some interesting thoughts on this thread.

        But, I hope like hell that all of you have some balance and perspective in life.

        I must confess that at first I was addicted to this... but now I have different priorities.

        My personal view is that if you're doing this full time and you still have to work weekends, then you're not making enough $$ or you haven't set your business up correctly.

        If it's a lifestyle choice, then good for you.

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        • Profile picture of the author Blogmudgeon
          Originally Posted by sal64 View Post

          Some interesting thoughts on this thread.

          But, I hope like hell that all of you have some balance and perspective in life.

          I must confess that at first I was addicted to this... but now I have different priorities.

          My personal view is that if you're doing this full time and you still have to work weekends, then you're not making enough $$ or you haven't set your business up correctly.

          If it's a lifestyle choice, then good for you.

          I have a different take on this--but agree on certain points. Balance is necessary, especially for those that have families. Burying oneself in IM in no different than someone with a shiny new degree beginning the corporate ladder climb. It takes a lot of hours and effort to achieve the result.

          A lot of people confuse earning a living with accumulating personal wealth. And by wealth, I mean sufficient reserves to comfortably go through life, provide safety in times of crisis or need, and build up a sufficient portfolio for retirement years. Trading off time and effort now in the proper manner helps to ensure that those things happen!

          Do I want to work 16 hours per day? Hell no, as I am now an age that I want to slow down and get more engaged with the world around me. I don't have that many more years left... But the new economy of the past decade, poorly managed retirement investments in a bad market, and real estate mistakes have put me where this is necessary. That too shall change...

          There is comfort, and there is security. I need the latter--so, obsession is the rule right now. My accountant will let me know when its not!
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          • Profile picture of the author sal64
            Originally Posted by Blogmudgeon View Post

            I have a different take on this--but agree on certain points. Balance is necessary, especially for those that have families. Burying oneself in IM in no different than someone with a shiny new degree beginning the corporate ladder climb. It takes a lot of hours and effort to achieve the result.

            A lot of people confuse earning a living with accumulating personal wealth. And by wealth, I mean sufficient reserves to comfortably go through life, provide safety in times of crisis or need, and build up a sufficient portfolio for retirement years. Trading off time and effort now in the proper manner helps to ensure that those things happen!

            Do I want to work 16 hours per day? Hell no, as I am now an age that I want to slow down and get more engaged with the world around me. I don't have that many more years left... But the new economy of the past decade, poorly managed retirement investments in a bad market, and real estate mistakes have put me where this is necessary. That too shall change...

            There is comfort, and there is security. I need the latter--so, obsession is the rule right now. My accountant will let me know when its not!

            I agree, and have found myself in a similar situation in the past.

            It's just a fine line between doing what needs to be done and insanity.

            I pretty much missed out on my son's first 4 years due to being changed to my PC.

            So my only advice is for people to keep some balance. Work away by all means, but keep a balance. Isolating yourself from the world is not healthy for you... regardless of how much money you make.

            In my experience only.. of course.
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  • Profile picture of the author nikkol1
    I, admit, I work on the weekends. It is mainly catching up on things that I didn't have time to complete during the week.
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  • Profile picture of the author ce2gain
    I work weekends now when I want to, not because I have to.
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  • Profile picture of the author pyles
    As a writer I seem to be able to get away with not working on weekends specifically, but I do work all the time.

    I guess what I am saying is I am not doing specific assignments for clients but instead thinking of new ideas, brainstorming, tweaking my own sites, etc.

    I like to be able to spend time with my girlfriend, family, and friends on the weekend, my thought is if I have to work all weekend, why bother working online? Id be better off 9-5. Maintaining a schedule is essential for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Britt Malka
    I often work a part of the Sunday. Never Saturdays.
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  • Profile picture of the author stephfoster
    I work weekends, but not the whole weekend, as I have a husband and 3 kids to think of. Gotta have that family time.

    At the same time, I need some of that weekend time to work. I have one toddler, and homeschool one of my kids in addition to running my business. Weekends are a valuable source of work hours for me, where I can work while my husband handles the kids. That's split with regular family activities, though.
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  • Profile picture of the author donkey097
    im happy working a bit on weekends, id rather do that and have timeoff during the week as well than work a boring 9-5 desk job
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  • Profile picture of the author jenhuei
    yeah... i work 14x7 ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Billy Rey
    I take breaks nowadays on weekends. When i started out, weekends = work

    Sometimes you just have to give yourself a break and tell yourself enough is enough eventhough you enjoy doing it. Your health suffers along with too much work.
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  • Profile picture of the author simaurile
    Hi,

    This is a great thread.LOL...Very good and interesting.

    I usually DONT work on weekends LOL....


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  • Profile picture of the author joadcrank
    Depends on how much work I have.
    If it's a lot, then my weekend is gone..if not...I stay and relax for the next busy days.
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