The long-weekend lifestyle: is it ‘pointless’ to work on Fridays? | Life and style | The Guardian
Title: The Long-Weekend Lifestyle
Age: A seasoned 144 years or a nascent concept if you’re Simon Cowell.
Appearance: Simon Cowell, thoroughly enjoying the experience.
Why the emphasis on Simon Cowell? Haven’t you heard the news? He’s the visionary behind the invention of the extended weekend.
But haven’t there been trials of the four-day workweek in the UK, Iceland, New Zealand, Japan, etc.? True, Simon Cowell is merely the latest luminary to embrace the concept. There, you’ve burst the bubble. Satisfied?
Yes, thank you. Moving on, Cowell recently declared his abandonment of Fridays, deeming them “pointless.”
Are they? Doesn’t he have the major weekend X Factor live shows on Fridays? No, that was a bygone era when The X Factor graced television screens. With less on his plate now, Fridays have lost their significance.
Behold him, sculpting his work-life equilibrium. Cowell has a master plan: “Dine at five o’clock. No calls after 5:30. No emails after 5:30. Enjoy a cheerful movie. And stay outdoors. Fridays are non-negotiable; no one should toil five days a week.”
Am I… am I envious of Simon Cowell? Have you been toiling until 11 pm on Sundays again?
Yes. And how did that pan out?
Terribly. See? Cowell is your newfound spiritual guide, the natural heir to Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx, and George Bernard Shaw, all advocates of shorter workweeks in their own ways.
It’s an incredible revelation, isn’t it? To attain this mental clarity, one merely needs to evolve into a media tycoon over a couple of decades and amass wealth to the point where work becomes optional.
Fantastic, I’ll just follow suit then. Give it a shot! Even if the four-day workweek seems elusive, consider his other suggestions. Early dinners correlate with improved sleep, digestion, and reduced blood pressure. Immersing yourself in nature alleviates anxiety and depression. Establishing firm workday boundaries can significantly enhance job satisfaction.
And watching a cheerful film? Naturally, you curmudgeon. Positive films work wonders.
Good gracious, Simon Cowell has indeed cracked the code. Indeed, and for more on his groundbreaking long-weekend philosophy, tune in to his latest show, “Britain’s Got a Ton of Unread Emails.”
Do say, “I’m taking Fridays off; they’re redundant.”
Don’t say, “But we need you to start working on Sundays.”
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