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Science Confirms the Worst Day of the Week and, Surprise, It’s Not Monday!

I always have high hopes for Mondays. We’ve had a weekend of rest (or play or sport or driving to birthdays, but, hey it wasn’t work or school). I’ve got the housework done and the fridge is (well, it WAS stocked Sunday morning) with food. We’ve had a family dinner, watched a movie, or played a board game and everyone is in bed at a reasonable time ready for a great week.

Until Monday morning when everything goes to shit. They can’t find their socks. They don’t wanna go. They are still too tired. By the time I’ve begrudgingly dropped them all off and got ready to work, I’m over the week too. And it’s only Monday.

Most people assume that Monday is the worst day of the week and I’m totally Camp Monday Sucks. But did you know that Monday actually isn’t considered the worst day of the week, according to research?

Nope – the official title of the worst day of the week belongs to…

Drum roll, please…

Tuesday!

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Why is Tuesday so hard?

According to new research by O&G Crunchy Granola, Tuesday is the most disliked day of the week.

The research was commissioned by Lonergan Research, and surveyed 1,043 Australians aged 18 years and over, then applied the findings to the most recent population data supplied by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

  • 1 in 5 Aussies feel their grumpiest and most stressed on Tuesdays (30% more than any other day of the week).
  • Aussies are 26% more likely to hit snooze on a Tuesday than any other day of the week.
  • Tuesday is also the most common day for Australians to be off sick for work, which surprises us cause Friday or Monday seems like the more obvious choices for ‘sick’ days.
  • Tuesday is also considered the ‘longest day of the week for workers’ and is ‘the most miserable day of the week’.

So there you go – Monday, you’re officially not the worst. In fact, according to a survey conducted by US project management software company Flow, Monday is a prime productivity day where many people find they get the most things done. Perhaps this is because people are in the zone, just trying to get through the day or perhaps it’s because they are refreshed from two days of regular routine.

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Every person is different. It all depends on what you’ve got going on in your world. Wednesday right now is pretty rough for us as the kids have sport til 8:30 pm and I run around from 3:45 til then picking up and dropping off. Not fun. At one stage in my life, I actually dreaded Fridays the most, simply because on Friday afternoons I had something unpleasant to do.

Ask my daughter what the worst day of the week is and she’ll say “Thursday because there’s nothing to look forward to at school.” Ask my son and he’ll say Monday because it’s the only day during the week that he doesn’t have soccer.

But.. in general, most people can agree Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the days of the week they most look forward to.

How to NOT hate any day of the week:

Here are my top tips on how to get through even your hardest days of the week.

  • Make a to-do of things to do. Simply because checking off things on a to-do list is so satisfying and can show you just how productive you’ve been.
  • Write three things you’re grateful for about that particular day. Gratitude is such a powerful tool to change your mindset and boost your optimism. Think of small things, such as a yummy lunch you’ve packed, or the hot shower you’ll get at the end of the day. Or the big kisses you’ll receive from the kids and pets when you walk through the door.
  • Get up 15 minutes earlier than usual. Start your ‘bad’ day with a cup of coffee, served hot and without the usual morning rush.

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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