No Rest for the Wicked Weekend

Blogosphere, do you work weekends? 

During the summer, I usually don’t. During the semester (winter break, too), I always do. There is just way too much going on and I simply need the weekends. I wish I didn’t, but I do. When I take a weekend completely off, usually I end up hopelessly backlogged and missing deadlines in the week ahead. 

When I am not in a proposal crunch, weekends are usually for: 

a) Assigning homework

b) Writing homework solutions (mostly relevant the first time I teach a new class, like this semester)

c) Grading homework (see a pattern here?)

d) Grading exams

e) Catching up on editorial duties (assigning reviewers, chasing reviewers, making decisions on manuscripts that came back from review)

f) Catching up on emails

g) Catching up on writing miscellaneous documents that fall under service (letters of recommendation or evaluation for tenure/promotions, reviews of people’s papers)

Blogosphere, do you work on the weekends? If yes, what do you do? If no, show us your ways, oh wise one!



  1. Once I got tenure, I made a solemn vow to myself that I would stop working on weekends, except for urgent/emergencies (a Monday grant deadline I was behind on, an experiment that couldn’t be stopped by the calendar day, etc.) and tried to stick to it, even if it meant working until very late on Friday night- and I generally did. Until the pandemic hit, and pretty much all semblance of normalcy went by the wayside, including working hours, which just became random: the ability to separate “work” and “home,” of course, vanished, blurred and randomized, as much as “weekday (workday)” and “weekend” and “work hours” and “non-work hours.” I find for for the last nineteen months, I have to spend almost as much time “working” on weekends mostly just to keep caught up with emails, which have increased by about ~50% since pre-COVID.

  2. I have been putting in 3-6h of work on sat/sun since…. (Not including when I have call). It’s been a while. I am not sure what I’d do with myself if I didn’t do work, at this point. I think I would have to take a computer and phone free trip, and would almost certainly go through withdrawal. I do treat myself to a longer swim on the weekends, which is nice.

  3. I worked 7-day weeks pretty much all the time when teaching (grading taking up most of my time). Now that I’m retired on 10% recall, I keep my work hours down to about 4–6 hours a week (advising, web updates, sending announcements to our majors, … ).

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