Welcome to Monday, May 3, 2021. Mondays are weird. They get a lot of bad press, but in reality Mondays are just another day of the week. The Mamas and the Papas had a somewhat positive outlook with “Monday, Monday, so good to me,” but most Monday songs are more negative.
Jimmy Buffett’s “Come Monday” is perhaps optimistic but really the song is mostly sad. Fleetwood Mac’s “Monday Morning” is upbeat but a downer of a song. “I Don’t Like Mondays” by the Boomtown Rats is a song about a shooting at an elementary school. The Bengal’s “Manic Monday” is just about how Mondays are awful. But I’ll stop there because I’m sure there are many other Monday songs I could pick and talk about how they are all bummers. Instead, let’s get to the actual bummers of Monday.
Monday’s Little Things
Monday really starts Sunday evening. You know the feeling. You’re fatted and happy, perhaps following dinner with a nice bourbon while you watch sports or whatever you’re watching on Netflix. But then it creeps in. Some folks call it the Sunday Scaries, but it’s not really related to Sunday, is it? No. It’s related to Monday.
Because Monday means responsibility, and responsibility sucks sometimes. But that’s not really what the Scaries are about, either, is it? No, not really. It’s more the dread that surrounds the stuff that pisses us off every day, but more so on Mondays. Right?
Right. Traffic, emails, unruly customers/clients/coworkers/bosses, the general unexpected of working an office job, the monotony of the workweek, traffic (again), and people in general. Those things are frustrating every day, but they seem worse on Monday because you’re coming off the relatively responsibility-free period of the weekend.
But that’s not really fair to Monday, is it? I mean, Monday doesn’t make an effort to be frustrating. It doesn’t have any specific thing that distinguishes it from the other weekdays other than it happens to be the first one. So why take your anger out on Mondays? Garfield the cat hated Mondays. Office Space famously put the phrase “a case of the Mondays” in the zeitgeist.
Office Space also introduced the world to Lawrence, one of the best minor characters in any movie of the last 30 years or so, who provided his opinion of “a case of the Mondays.”
But either way, we all seem to have a lowered, specific feeling of hate towards Monday. But I say this: Monday is, often enough, very productive. In fact, one study of human resources managers shows that Monday is the second-most productive day of the week, right behind Tuesday. And frankly, the thing most likely keeping Monday out of the top spot is the fact that Mondays are used in part to catch up from work not done Friday, meaning that some prime production time is used to do stuff that should have already been done.
Interestingly, Monday is also the day that job applications are most successful. If someone applies for a job on Monday and a different person applies for that same job on Tuesday, the Monday applicant has a slight statistical advantage in being chosen. Weird, right? I can’t imagine why anyone would even look at that as a statistic, unless it was to sell that information to aspiring employees, but whatever.
Thursday and Friday are, to no one’s surprise, the least productive days of the week. But the point is this: Monday is a chance at a fresh start. It’s a new week, it’s a chance to begin the week on the right track, and it’s a day that is statistically likely to result in more work than Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. And doesn’t accomplishing stuff feel great? Shouldn’t we all come home at the end of a Monday and be satisfied with the amount of stuff we got done during the day? I sure think so.
Monday gets a bad rap. We should embrace Mondays. Happy Monday, everyone.