The City Sage: Operation: Take Back the Weekend

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February 24, 2013


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Such an important post! I miss my weekends now that I am back in school, but I am trying to find small pockets of unstructured time to decompress. It's so important. Great post, Anne!


you go gurl! proud of you...enjoy life it goes very very quickly...XO


i love this post. so important to recognize when working all day isn't actually productive or helpful to yourself anymore! I too hate unstructured time but try not to work on the weekends.... so now i try to reserve sat and suns for "personal structured time" .. i.e. tweezing my eyebrows, reading magazines, riding my bike, cooking a fancy lunch... things that make ME happy and are unrelated to work. Good luck on your weekends!

La Maison Fou

Great post, luv a weekend full of many segments of time! Good weekend to you Anne.


I just moved to Kerala, India and suddenly find myself being my own boss. Honestly, I'm hoping to inherit a little of your "problem"... I've never had unstructured time before and I'm wondering what it will look like for me!

xo Naomi -


According to Einstein, creativity is the residue of wasted time.


i love this... unlike you, i live for unstructured time, but found myself without any when i was getting my MBA at night. the first year was basically hell as i never had a chance to breathe, but then i realized that refocusing, reprioritizing, and farming some tasks out (it's just worth it to pay people to do certain things if you are very busy!) could open my weekends back up for long brunches, travel, creative projects, etc. and i was a better, happier person because of it. even though i'm done with school now, it seems like it will always be a delicate balance b/c there is always something else i could do... but remembering how miserable being fully scheduled made me helps me to prioritize down time!


Love this post! Things are better now, but last year I often dealt with a ton of anxiety and crankiness over the weekend. Now I try to not to let myself make a list of tasks, and only do things that really are important to get done (there may only be one or two that weekend). And I love your line about letting "serendipity seep in" I am so appreciating the times I get to just relax and read or do a craft project IF the mood strikes me :)

Tristan B.

Oh, I so know what you are talking about on all fronts. The sense of pride when announcing you work 23hours a day and have no life like it's a badge of honor, the sitting still and not being able to get comfortable, but it's a process to just 'be'. Friends are so important and to cherish those relationships needs to be a priority, besides it feels SO much better than staring at a computer until your eyes bleed!

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