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What is it about the weekends that makes us feel
better? Even though I enjoy what I do for work, I don't
feel the same pressure on the weekend as I do during
To ﬁnd out what it was about weekends that made me feel
good, I designed a 10-day experiment where each day I
• What I ate/drank
• My sleep
• A summary of how I felt during that day
• A (1-10) rating for the day (10 being an ideal day)
I wanted to see if I could better understand how every variable
affected my mood. If I found my sources of stress and
happiness, then I could identify stressors to remove and
happiness factors to add to feel better about each day.
Sleep time: 9h 40m
Corn with parmesan cheese
Didn't get much done from my list. Had an argument. Interrupted while writing.
Felt stressed during day. Didn't workout.
Sleep time: 6h 48m
Subway brown bread, turkey 12"
Almonds & pistachios
Subway brown bread, turkey 6"
Crazy Asian fusion food
Got up early without hitting snooze. Did some good work in the AM. Did the one
most important thing. Had laughs with friends. Wish I could have done more work
but had to do some lighting installations at the condo which made me happy
because they look nice.
Sleep time: 6h 31m
Almonds and blackberries
12" turkey sandwich on wholewheat bread
Reuben sandwich on white bread
Took me a while to fall asleep. Got up without hitting snooze. Did a short
workout but it didn't make me feel a ton better. Didn't accomplish enough in the
AM so felt behind. Moved things for the ofﬁce and didn't get any work done.
Got to share some laughs with the team. Felt really tired after Reuben
Day 4 (Saturday)
Sleep time: 8h 20m
Eggs with veggies
Chicken cutlets with cheese
Pasta and meatballs
Slept another hour after my alarm went off. Felt good. Did some work early in
the AM. Felt good. Went to Steph’s aunt’s house and then felt like I was falling
behind a bit. Went to soccer and felt sluggish (likely from the chicken cutlets).
Felt great to get on the ﬁeld again though. Saw a doubleheader movie. Then
had pasta before bed which seems to have upset my stomach.
Day 5 (Sunday)
Sleep time: 6h 42m
Eggs with veggies and turkey
Salad, broccoli breaded chicken
Celery, peanut butter, cranberries
Dark chocolate covered raisins
Low stress day. Felt good because not a lot of company demands so was able to
catch up on some work. Had the chance to do some good writing. Steph’s uncle
came over and had a fun convo with him. Didn't feel overwhelmed all day which
Sleep time: 8h 59m
Turkey sandwich whole wheat
Green beans and cabbage
Felt energized today. Got a lot of sleep. Love my new ofﬁce space. Got a lot
done on my to-do list but was only able to do it by staying up late. Business
numbers looked good. Had a good conversation with a friend over coffee.
Sleep time: 6h 4m
Chick peas and celery
6-inch turkey Subway
Started work later in the AM than I wanted and felt tired. Unexpected things
came up in the morning. Probably did only about 1 hr creative work but I would
have liked to do closer to 4 hrs. Had to do too many thing at night so felt tired.
Also not having food available and not working out didn't make me feel good.
Sleep time: 7h 51m
Peanut Butter and Apple
Stuffed pork chops
Rice and beans
Woke up with a bit of a stomach ache. I think it was the late night pasta. Felt
tired, had some interruptions in the AM but then had a good coffee. Zoned in
and got to write. Had good tea and a healthy lunch. Worked out.
Sleep time: 6h 24m
Stuffed pork chops
Finished a blog post. Didn't get to do enough work. Played basketball. Felt tired
Sleep time: 6h 24m
Apple peanut butter
Crackers and hummus
Vinegar cole slaw
Wish could have got more done. Happy about the press we got. Brain felt tired.
It might have been the naming exercise for the company. Happy we got some
food for the ofﬁce so we don't have go out and get food all the time.