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Old 08-24-2010, 02:18 PM   #21
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I know those Sunday evening dreads...I swear sometimes they can ruin the whole day! That's why, if I take a day off, I prefer to take a Monday off, rather than a Friday. By the time Friday comes around, I'm gearing up for the weekend, and mentally sort of there, anyway, so it makes the workday go faster and more pleasantly. So, I figure, why take it off then?

But, if I take a Monday off, it makes Sunday feel like a repeat of Saturday, and Monday just sort of feels like a magical kind of day. Somehow, rather than just putting off the "Sunday evening dreads" to Monday night, my mind somehow gets tricked into avoiding them altogether.
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Old 08-24-2010, 04:24 PM   #22
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I know those Sunday evening dreads...I swear sometimes they can ruin the whole day! That's why, if I take a day off, I prefer to take a Monday off, rather than a Friday. By the time Friday comes around, I'm gearing up for the weekend, and mentally sort of there, anyway, so it makes the workday go faster and more pleasantly. So, I figure, why take it off then?

But, if I take a Monday off, it makes Sunday feel like a repeat of Saturday, and Monday just sort of feels like a magical kind of day. Somehow, rather than just putting off the "Sunday evening dreads" to Monday night, my mind somehow gets tricked into avoiding them altogether.
I used to do the same thing. Take Monday off so I could look forward to my day off and the short week.
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Old 08-24-2010, 09:24 PM   #23
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I know those Sunday evening dreads...I swear sometimes they can ruin the whole day! That's why, if I take a day off, I prefer to take a Monday off, rather than a Friday. By the time Friday comes around, I'm gearing up for the weekend, and mentally sort of there .
I know that feeling. Always used to take Mondays off rather than Fridays when I could. Fridays were always "lighter" days and most folks weren't working very hard anyway. And you notice how if the weekend weather is crappy, it seems to turns nice about 5:00 p.m. Sunday night??
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I'm in a good place right now, even though I do have certain commitments. For example, on Tuesday at noon, I have Rotary Club. I like attending because I stay involved in a good cause. But what I like most is that I don't HAVE to be there. I don't have to report to anyone when I miss, by planning or by forgetfulness.

Then on Thursday afternoons I volunteer as a Spanish listener. But if I decided not to go, I just tell the guy in charge that I won't be there. Thursday nights I have a regular meeting with some church volunteers, but I can cancel or move those meetings to fit my schedule.

In other words, yes, I have time commitments (of my own choosing), but I enjoy the fact that they are flexible.
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When I had a very hard job working on a clam boat. We had a 15 minute coffee break from 10:00 to 10:15, and I noticed that those were, in a way, the best 15 min of my life. I wasn't playing hookey, but just the contrast of the free time with the difficult work made it extra special.
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But, if I take a Monday off,
Now yer talkin'.

A Monday off is a good way to skip what I call "Sunday Stress Syndrome".

Also, I used to make a to do list that included errands, chores and creative projects for the weekend which was humanly impossible to complete. So by Sunday, I'd start stressing.

So I stopped making the list....

I still got about the same amount done as I had with "the list," but the Sunday Stress Syndrome lessened significantly.

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One thing I have noticed is that for me, playing hookey is a more intense fun than just being totally free.

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Bingo... If you had just one day to live, but you had to spend it all at work. Would you take it? Yeah..... But I would still sneak out early.
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