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What Does TGIF Really Mean?

Updated on November 9, 2013

The Real Meaning of TGIF...

If Friday is always on your mind, it means only one hate your job and you want to quit! You feel trapped by your job and the arrival of Friday and the weekend represents freedom from your life of imprisonment. But what if the day of the week didn't matter? If you worked for yourself instead of in a job AND money were not an issue, TGIF would not be a part of your mindset because everyday would represent freedom! By the way, "TGIF" widely stands for "Thank God it's Friday" or "Thank Goodness it's Friday". But what you really mean when you say, "TGIF" is, "I want to quit my job!"

Do You Live For Friday?

Scroll down for a day-by-day glance at what living for Friday looks like!

The "I Wish it Was Friday" Week-at-a-Glance

The "I Wish it Was Friday" Week-at-a-Glance

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Escape to Freedom
Escape to Freedom

Stop Living for TGIF and the Weekend!

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Why do people live for Friday and the weekend? My guess is because Friday and the weekend equals freedom! The weekend is usually time off for those who are caught up in some form of the 9 to5/rat-race/wage-slave existence that seems to be rampant in the conventional workforce in the United States. I wonder if people in other industrialized, high-paced countries look forward to Friday and the weekend as much as those in the USA do?

Can there be anything better than Friday and the weekend...other than being independently wealthy due to winning the lottery or acquiring millions from inheritance? I believe there is! Winning the lottery or inheriting a huge sum of money would be nice, but it's not likely for most of us. Instead, what really matters is doing what you enjoy all the time... or at least most of the time! If you are caught up in a job or career path you don't enjoy, then Monday is always going to arrive unwelcomed!

To be honest with you, I also look forward to the weekends. By day, I work a job like most people do because the job is my one and only source of consistent and significant income. But during the evenings and weekends, I spend time at my computer producing content here at Squidoo and other places as a source of internet income. So far, the income is just a trickle, but I do believe that momentum from continuous effort will naturally bring greater and more consistent results. For me, the time off from my job represents freedom to work on my escape plan from the conventional workforce. An escape from traditional types of work means making money on my own terms and enjoying life everyday...not just on Friday and the weekend!

So what about you? Could you imagine getting up in the morning feeling refreshed and excited for what you are about to do because you live and earn income on your own terms - doing what you are passionate about? To really enjoy life, you have to escape whatever is holding you back!

The Reason Friday = Happiness...

When you go to "the job" on Friday, do you hear at least one of these expressions of joy for the arrival of Friday?






Why does the arrival of Friday create so much excitement? Is it because most people are incarcerated by their employer and Friday represents the beginning of a two-day probation?

If You Could Just Quit Your Job...

Lots of opportunities surface when you are free of working a job for income! Of course you won't be able to do much without money. Looking at it from the perspective of money not being an issue, what would you do with your time if you could quit your job and live life as you want to?

What would YOU do if you could quit your job?

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10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job

"10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job" is an article by Steve Pavlina that really got me to thinking about the world of work and income-earning! His article is partly what inspired me to create this Squidoo lens about TGIF. I highly recommend you read it!

10 Reasons I Want to Quit My Job

When the end of the work week finally rolls around, do you catch yourself saying, "Thank God it's Friday"? If you do, it could mean you really don't like the path your life is taking. Why should you live for Friday...or even the weekend for that matter? It shouldn't matter what day of the week it is if you truly enjoy what you do with your life. Nevertheless, TGIF is the status quo for so many people who are caught up in the 9 to 5 wage-slave existence.

I am tired of anxiously awaiting the weekend for a break from working for the man. I truly believe there are better ways to earn income than by working a job. You still have to work but with the right knowledge, skills, and support, you can work smarter rather than harder by quitting that job and becoming your own boss! I strive to make this dream a reality and these are the 10 reasons I want to quit my job. Do you feel this way too? If so, what is the #1 reason YOU want to quit your job?

What's the #1 reason YOU want to quit your job?

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What if the Day of the Week Didn't Matter?

Why is so much positive attention given to Friday and the weekend? You generally don't hear people expressing joy for Monday, Tuesday, or any other days except Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For most people, Friday leads into a weekend break from a job that probably brings feelings of unhappiness, aggravation, and the like. But what if you were happy in your occupation? Would the day of the week really matter if you were not shackled by your employer or career situation?

If you are happy in your job/career, does the day of the week really matter?

Is it Possible to be Happy Every Day?

Here are some resources from Joel Osteen and Marina Spence that may breathe new life into every day of your week!

What happens if Friday falls on the 13th?

The coming of Friday typically gets a warm welcome each week but what if the 13th falls on a Friday? Is it automatically a bad day? Let's see what you think!

Is Friday the 13th something to worry about?

There's no such thing as a "long-enough" weekend if your job is the source of your unhappiness!

Things People Say When the Weekend is Over

When Monday rolls around, you can expect to hear at least one of the following phrases from people who are unhappy in their job(s).

  • The weekend wasn't long enough.
  • It's a Monday.
  • Is it Friday yet?
  • I wish it was Friday.
  • I'm ready for Friday!

Longing-for-Friday Phrases in the Workplace

Wishing for Friday appears in these common phrases as well...It's a Monday.It's Hump Day!It's Almost Friday!

Working for the Man is NOT the Only Reality!

Oh, I wish it was Friday. Is it Friday yet? I'm tired. I wanna go home! Does this sound familiar? If you earn your income by working for the man, you've probably heard your co-workers expressing their misery by using these common phrases. Maybe you feel this way too! I certainly do!

For most of us wage slaves, Friday seems to be a magical day. The arrival of Friday always brings expressions of joy for the upcoming weekend. But why should Friday be the highlight of the week if Friday is just another day at the job? The real relief doesn't start until Saturday! And then you typically have only two days off before you have to start the whole dreadful work week again on Monday.

I have to wonder if those who dream about Friday really like their jobs. Instead of wishing for Friday the whole week, why not give up your job for something that will bring satisfaction every day of the week? Of course it isn't that simple for everyone to up and quit a miserable job, but I think you get my point! If your job brings nothing but misery, it's time to pursue other opportunities. Working for the man is not the only reality!

A Job is NOT the ONLY Way to Earn Income!

Work for Yourself, NOT for the Man!

Have you wondered why you are always ready for Friday? Maybe you are not happy working for the man! A job is not the only way to earn income. Why should you continue slaving away for your employer if it's just a cycle of incarceration followed by a weekend of probation? You can be thankful for every day (not just Fridays) if you are happy in what you do! Maybe it is time to be your own boss and work for yourself? If you have a dream of working for yourself, you'll need some guidance to help you turn your dream into reality. These are some self-employment resources you may find helpful!

Songs of TGIF and Job-Loathing

I venture to say the majority of people who work a job for a living do so regretfully. Not everyone is quick to openly admit that but I imagine you are familiar with one or more songs about disgust for working a job. Take it from Dolly Parton, Johnny Paycheck, Donna Summer, Rush, Tennessee Ernie Ford and many others who wrote the biggest hits in the music industry about being a slave in the conventional workforce!

Can you relate to any of the following songs?

Take This Job and Shove It - Johnny Paycheck

9 to 5 - Dolly Parton

Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford

Working Man - Rush

She Works Hard for the Money - Donna Summer

The Real Antidote for Job Stress and Burnout...

Do you experience any or all of these symptoms of job stress and burnout?

Depressed feeling when the weekend is over

Anxiety/stress with going to the job

Constant longing for Friday and the weekend

Overwhelming joy when Friday arrives

The solution:


What are your thoughts about TGIF? Have you ever wanted to fire the boss? Maybe you thank God its Friday because you are not working for yourself?!! Share your thoughts!

Do You Thank God It's Friday?

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    • Kevin Matson profile image

      Kevin Matson 

      6 years ago

      I actually love weekdays, but that's because I work for myself :-) I am very grateful for that.

    • KandH profile image


      6 years ago

      Yup, and every other day of the week as well :)

    • ofdifferentsorts profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Franciskato 

      6 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

      @anonymous: I just had to create this lens because I feel that the TGIF mindset is sort of an epedemic! This lens is a reflection of what I feel personally as well as what I hear from many people around me. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      6 years ago

      Now that i am on my own, it really does not matter what day it is. Even when I was on a day job, I hardly kept track of the days, but for the reports! Appreciate the thoughts behind this lens. Nice!

    • ofdifferentsorts profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Franciskato 

      7 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

      @WaynesWorld LM: Hang in there and don't give up!

    • WaynesWorld LM profile image

      WaynesWorld LM 

      7 years ago

      You know Friday is my payday and the work is just a lot easier it seems on Friday. I tell my buddies "Wouldn't it be great if every day was Payday?"

      Working on it slowly with my network marketing business,

    • ZablonMukuba profile image


      8 years ago

      i thank God its everyday i love what am doing although sometimes its stressful i still love it

    • ofdifferentsorts profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Franciskato 

      9 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

      [in reply to Brit303]

      You're welcome! Fridays are nice....especially since I'm off work today! But what really matters to me is loving my occupation and enjoying more personal freedom every day of the week. I look forward to when that will be a fulltime reality!

    • Brit303 profile image


      9 years ago

      Coincidendally, I stumbled upon this lens on a Friday (Oct. 16). Like most people, I hate Monday, can tolerate the other days of the week, but really look forward to Friday. Thanks for writing on behalf of all working Americans!

    • five starbaby-com profile image

      five starbaby-com 

      9 years ago

      All so true! Love the lens, it's a 5! I work for myself and love it!!!

    • x3xsolxdierx3x lm profile image

      x3xsolxdierx3x lm 

      9 years ago

      what a's currently friday.....nice lens :) 5 stars :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      10 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      We have a group of locals that meet every Friday after work for TGIF at the local pub. We really do look forward to Fridays. 5*


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