Sunday, August 09, 2009
1001 Ways To Tune Up The World, Number Four
Making the world better, over the course of 2.74 years...
4. Abolish Mondays and Tuesdays.
You're scoffing, but that's the most memorable way I could put it, and I don't mean "get rid of Mondays and Tuesdays" as days, I mean, get rid of them as concepts. Here's how:
Everyone works 3 days on, 2 days off, 3 days on, 2 days off. Over and over and over throughout the year.
At the same time, all stores, hospitals, banks, gas stations, courts, government offices, and everything else, stays open 7 days a week.
And people work in staggered shifts. So in my office, out of 10 lawyers, there might on any given day be 7 or 8 lawyers there while 2 or 3 are on their 2-days-off. If we have to go to court, there will always be a judge available. People don't have to wait until Monday to settle custody disputes. Nobody wrongfully sits in jail over the weekend.
And, no "Urgent Care" Centers. No sitting on Saturday or Sunday waiting for a dentist's office to open. Take care of mortgage closings on Sunday -- if that happens to be your two days off.
Doing it my way -- abolishing Mondays and Tuesdays -- means that you'll work almost the exact same amount of days (it's a little less, actually: about 1-2 days less per month, on average) but you'll have a weekend every 3 days -- so the return to work is like Wednesday. You'll never face a five-day workweek again.
And there'll be more people employed, because businesses and clinics and garages and banks will need people to work Saturdays and Sundays, which will become more like regular days of the week. And there'll be no more "dead times" for networks, because every day will be someone's Thursday.
But mostly, nothing will ever feel like a Monday or Tuesday again.
3. Don't listen to interviews with athletes or comedians.
2. Have "personal cashiers" at the grocery store.
1. Don't earn more than $200,000 per year.