Author Archives: Josh

Samoa loses (a) Friday

In order to facilitate a hop from the east side of the International Date Line to the west, the island nation of Samoa just skipped from December 29th directly to December 31st. Samoans went to sleep last night on Thursday, … Continue reading

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Utah reverts from four-day week to five-day week

On this blog, I’ll bring you examples of people seeking to improve their lives through altering the calendar. Sadly, today’s news is the end of Utah’s experiment with the four-day week. Despite worker satisfaction, energy savings, and better work-life balance, … Continue reading

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Take Fridays off forever!

I’m not the only one thinking about changing the week. The State of Oregon is considering shifting state employees’ schedules to four ten-hour days and then three days off. Though this isn’t in the spirit of the six-day week, I … Continue reading

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The Seven-Day Circle

I’ve finished reading The Seven Day Circle: The History and Meaning of the Week by Eviatar Zerubavel. And it was fascinating. I expected to learn some facts; historical context and sociological observations into the week would shed light on my … Continue reading

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Why seven days? An introduction to the concept of the six-day week.

Workplace trends in the Western world include: higher hourly productivity, along with an increasing number of work hours. And to what end? Historically high levels of wealth disparity, along with record unemployment. Higher productivity is something to strive for and … Continue reading

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