You’re up to your eyeballs in work (and stress) and need to schedule a day off. Here’s why Monday beats Friday, any day.
We know the drill: you’ve had a summer filled with busy weekends and nonstop activities. You’re trying to catch up on sleep during the work week and stay afloat in your workload. It’s time to take a day to reset — from work, from social, to catch some Z’s and get your mind where it needs to be to get back to the office and be productive.
So why do we keep taking Fridays off? Mondays are the secret sauce here. This Ars Technica forum even agrees.
Why people get lazy and schedule Friday off for a long weekend
Everyone loves Fridays, whether they’re working or not. It’s time to relax at the end of a long week. If you’re in the office, your schedule feels light and you can squeak by getting only one more thing done before the weekend begins. If you’re already OOO, you’re recovering from a Thirsty Thursday or en route to a summer locale, hopefully skipping traffic by leaving early. Fridays are all about relaxation and/or the start of some form of debauchery.
“The easiest day to take off is Friday, because most people are doing nothing of consequence after noon on Friday anyway.”
Time management writer, author, & speaker Laura Vanderkam
So, it makes sense. Why not choose Friday for some time off? It’s not like you’re missing out on much. And outside of the office, you can enjoy so much more.
Well, a Friday OOO is the easy way out. Half the office may already be heading out early and the workload is light. So you’re technically wasting a whole vacation day on a layup of a workday.
Scheduling a day off on a Friday also procrastinates productivity. Out of the two days you can take to make a long weekend, you take the earlier day to skip to the fun stuff first. Then Monday feels like even heavier of a workload, catching up on all the stuff you should have done on Friday. You’ve also given yourself a shorter week upfront, but end up with a longer week when you get back into the swing of things on Monday.
Our question to you is: why not do the reverse? Crush work on Friday while everyone else is gallivanting around, and then take off on Monday while everyone else is stressed out and you can purely relax?
Why a Monday off is the best type of long weekend to schedule
Monday after a regular two-day weekend is bad enough. But Monday after a Friday-style three-day weekend? The worst.
So change the game. Take off Monday. You can enjoy your Sunday Funday. You can skip out on everyone’s least favorite workday. You’ll make the upcoming week shorter. And as time management guru Laura Vanderkam says, you can also still goof off on Friday with everyone else in the office.
But if you want a real break from a tough work schedule, take Monday. You get a break and get to slack on Friday with everyone else.
The only con is that you won’t be able to leave early for your weekend retreat, but put in a full day of work and try leaving an hour or two after the day ends. You’ll end up missing the early evening rush hour and won’t even remember what life was like with a Friday off.
Friday is already relaxed, so it’s not a pain to be at work.
Monday is usually stressed; why start off the work week after a break on a stressed day?
Treat yo’ self. Take off a Monday for your next three-day weekend scheduling.