What is it that makes Friday such a special day for most of us? Anticipation is greater than reality. We want Friday to be special because so much of the rest of the week is not.
Not everyone works Monday through Friday, so, for some, the end of the work week may come on a different day than Friday. It doesn’t matter. We still look forward to Friday, regardless of the day of the week that substitutes for our Friday. Unless your work week starts on Friday, making it your Monday. Most of us don’t look forward to Monday, so if your Monday is Friday, then you may view Friday with less positive anticipation.
The key to Friday is anticipation. No matter how hard the work week has been up to that point, it’s over on Friday. Friday itself carries anticipation for both Saturday and Sunday, regardless of the activities. Dinner out on Friday. Sleep late on Saturday. Shop on Sunday. Whatever it is, we manage to lump all of our anticipations toward the holy trinity of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Is the reality of the weekend respite greater than the anticipation? Probably not. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday still have their drudge list. Housecleaning. Car washing. Clothes washing. Catching up on all that didn’t quite get done during the week. The weekend drudge list can dampen the anticipation of the week’s holy trinity.
I’ve been fired from jobs on Monday and fired from jobs on Friday. Monday is better. Getting fired on Friday puts a huge downer on the anticipation of the weekend– Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.
Getting fired on Monday gives you extra work week days to recover, relax, sleep late, and still have a couple of days to look for work.