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What Day is a Good day for Learning?

Any day except Monday!

Of all the weekdays, Monday has the fewest fans and is the least loved.

We know Mondays have a bad reputation; and in any research, survey, or poll Monday always rates as the least favourite day of the typical workweek.

Multiple studies suggest that people’s moods are typically at their lowest on Mondays, and people tend to be the least productive on a Monday.

Monday is the melancholy subject of many songs; “Rainy Days and Mondays” by the Carpenters, “I Don’t Like Mondays” by the Boomtown Rats, and “Manic Monday” by the Bangles.

But exactly why is Monday so hard?

Mental health experts give the following reasons...

Out of sync sleep cycle

We tend to think that the weekend is for rest and relaxation, but the reality is we cram as much as we possibly can into two short days, and we often go to sleep later than usual. So, we often have a different sleep schedule during the weekend than we do during the week, which disrupts the body’s natural sleep cycle, making us sleepy on Monday even after a good night's sleep, and impatient and unhappy.

Lack of freedom.

On Mondays, people grieve the loss of their weekend and their freedom to sleep in, go out for lunch, do what they want to do, and the feel-good feeling that accompanies weekend days. The emotional shift of Mondays can be psychologically difficult for some to transition from the personal freedom of the weekend back to the reality of work obligations and responsibilities.

Stressful job

A dislike for Monday could be due to a dislike of a job or the stressful aspects of a job. For example, during COVID-19 many people felt very stressed about their health, their job security, and their income. For some people, Monday is stressful because they are not logistically or emotionally prepared for the week ahead, and it is not until Tuesday that they have their mojo and their weekly rhythm rolling.

Mindset and Culture

Some people see their weekend as their reason for living, and that it is all that matters in their life. Monday will feel like the end of their “real life.” People who live their lives in this mindset will always struggle with Mondays until they find a way to merge the two. We also live in a culture where the prevailing attitude is “yay it’s Friday!”, and Mondays have become the

 common enemy.

So any day except Monday is a good day for learning.

Cathi Barker

Microsoft Master Instructor

Microsoft Innovative Educator

Educator in the private and public sector for nearly 40 years

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