The bedside alarm beeping into life on Saturday morning is arguably one of the most joyous sounds in the world. Forty-eight hours later, that same alarm becomes a belligerent demon, taunting you with a welcome to the week that lies ahead. Monday has dawned.
· Because Monday means doing it “all over again”.
This speaks directly to our culture of chasing rewards as "means to an end." Seeing the entire week as a sprint and enduring it with the hopes that one day – the weekend – it will be “done” and one can finally “enjoy it and relax.” Mondays undoubtedly mark the beginning of this race; a race whose finishing line is the weekend. People, therefore, fear this day since all the responsibility, all the deadlines and tasks that have to be submitted on time make once again their appearance into their lives. What is remarkable is the fact that this “routine” of hating Mondays and loving the weekend has been repeating itself for so many years now, resulting in us being stuck in this vicious cycle which our minds cannot seem to be able to escape. This idea of experiencing once again everything that we have tolerated the entire past week, with the weekend being the only light at the end of the tunnel is dreadful to us; it has been haunting us for so many years that it has embedded itself into our culture. It has become a mindset which dictates our hatred for Mondays and the exploitation of all possible means to savour these two most anticipated days of the week.
· Mondays mark the end of one life and the beginning of the next.
When one "lives for the weekend," a Monday is the door shutting on the 48 hours of freedom – a pretty strong indicator that we are living “double” lives. One life is how one "pays the bills," and the other life is what one does for personal enjoyment. The one accounts for interests, contracts and transactions, the other for entertainment, family and friends. Monday is, therefore, the beginning of this other life, the dull, the uninteresting, the hectic one. The life where the feelings of anxiety and nervousness dominate our minds, disturb our sleep schedule and enhance our hatred towards the week; the life where our programmes are crowded with meetings and deadlines; the one where the pace of life accelerates, in contrast to the weekends when it comes to a standstill and gives us a chance to finally relax. Since Mondays are the starting line of this switch between the different way of living, they are disliked by the majority of people.
· Everyone else hates Mondays too.
It's easy to hate things other people hate too. "Misery loves company." It's impossible (or very, very difficult) to stay positive when your company culture is:
"Hey, how was your weekend?"
"Too short. Can't believe it's Monday. I hate Mondays."
When the majority of people like or dislike one thing, one is very easily influenced by this stance. Since Mondays are practically hated by almost everyone, one views it as unreasonable to believe otherwise.
The next time, therefore, you mumble “I hate Mondays,” while getting dressed for school or work at 7 in the morning, think deeper; try to find where the roots of that attitude of yours lie. The reason why you hate that day so much might be what was explained above, or even something entirely different. Either way, finding the problem and trying to solve it is of great importance. And who knows? Maybe if the issue is resolved, Mondays will become one of the most productive days of the week (I highly doubt that, but we have to end the article on a positive note, right?).