The Three Day Weekend Revolution

30 May

Photo by Chris Corwin. Click to view his Flickr Photostream.

I think every weekend should be a 3-day weekend.

Shouldn’t it? 

Think about how much happier you are having Saturday, Sunday, AND Monday off.  Think about how much you got done, how you had time with family, how you finally took a moment to sit down and breathe.  Or maybe you didn’t do any of those things, but I’ll bet you got closer to them. 

What if every weekend were this way?

I’ve posted several times about how dumb it is that we get off Friday, have to be at work first thing on Monday, and all the time in between just feels like time I’m using to catch up on all the things I couldn’t do Monday-Friday because I was busy with work.

Maybe I can organize a nationwide effort.   It’ll be like senior cut day in high school, back when high school was fun and full of pranks and good times instead of bomb threats and see-through backpacks and metal detectors.  Remember senior cut day? We just all carry on as if we’re going to show up, and then we just don’t.  We all stay home, we all have our own reason for doing so, and we all come back the next day like it’s not big deal.

What if we just all stop going to work on Mondays? We’ll carry on through Friday as if we have every intention of returning Monday morning, but we won’t show up ‘til Tuesday.  And we’ll spend our 3-day weekends feeling truly recharged.  We’ll spend time with family, we’ll read books we’ve been putting off, we’ll go make an appointment wherever we haven’t been able to before because they work the same hours as us.   It will be glorious.  We’ll start a revolution.

Who’s in? 



12 Responses to “The Three Day Weekend Revolution”

  1. kitchenmudge May 30, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    Good God! You already have an anthem ready-made, if you make it Friday rather than Monday:

    I knew there had to be something more to that video.

    But seriously, you know that lotsa people died for the forty-hour week, right? It took massive organizing by labor unions, and big business said it would be the end of the world, anarchy, remove all incentive for the poor dumb sheep to work at all, etc.


    • Jackie May 31, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

      Seriously, I didn’t. I’m not up on my labor history, but I’m kind of inspired to give it a google. Also, I hate that song/video/existence in pop culture. 🙂


  2. Lucy's Mom May 30, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    Great idea Jackie – what a difference one more day would make! Sign me up! 🙂


    • Jackie May 31, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

      okay I think we have four so far. We’ll need juuuust a bit more enthusiasm from the masses to make this a reality, but we’re getting there.


  3. thesinglecell May 30, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    …Can there be some sort of caveat for those of us who work weekends and all holidays? If so, I’m in.


    • Jackie May 31, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

      Yes. Yes, let’s begin drafting the proposal. We can work in whatever you want.


  4. bridgesburning May 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Now that’s a great idea!


    • Jackie May 31, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

      okay great. 2 is a start. we can do this…


  5. Lindsay May 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    Here’s the problem with that (though I would LOVE 3-day-weekends implemented): people are greedy. And lazy. If 3 day weekends became standard, we’d all bitch and moan about the need/desire for 4 day weekends.


    • kitchenmudge May 30, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

      Hey, it’s 2012. Weren’t machines supposed to be doing all the work by now?


      • Jackie May 31, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

        yeah, man.

        Except it’s 2011. Maybe next year. 🙂


    • Jackie May 31, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

      That is definitely true. God gave us the Sabbath, we took the Jewish Sabbath too. Another day will just lead to one more.


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