Three-Day Work Weeks! (Or, Down with Mondays!)

I’ve put a lot of thought into this, and I have come up with a radical new change to the calendar in order to ensure we carve out the worst parts and ensure that the work week is a far more enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

I am talking, of course, about reducing the week to five days and thereby reducing the work week to three days. Working 5 out of 7 days sounds daunting and annoying for most people, but 3 out of 5 ain’t bad.

The first step is to decide which days of the week to get rid of. Monday’s the obvious first choice, since everyone hates Mondays. And psychologically speaking, while Tuesday will become the first day of the work week, no one would ever complain about a case of the Tuesdays or say they hate Tuesdays. We’ve been so conditioned to hate Mondays that axing it from the calendar will be good enough.

The second day we need to get rid of is Thursday. Why? Because Thursday’s what’s known as a slump day, since it’s one day before the last day of the week. So just get rid of it. Same psychological principles apply.

And so we’re left with Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. And for those of you obsessive types, Wednesday is still at the dead center of the work week.

I think this would make us far more productive, don’t you think?


One response to “Three-Day Work Weeks! (Or, Down with Mondays!)”

  1. Douglas Bell says :

    Except that we would then end up having 73 weeks in a year, rather than the 52 weeks + one day that we have now. And because 365 is exactly divisible by 5, that means that the calendar would look identical every year — if January 2 was on a Wednesday, it would always be on a Wednesday. (Well, that is, until a leap year happened.)

    As for productive weeks, under our current system, either 260 or 261 days of the year currently are workdays. Under your idea, the number of workdays would shrink to 219 days. That’s quite a bit of lost productivity.

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