How to Deal with Monday on Tuesday

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Monday on Tuesday sucks.

You'd think it'd be nice to have a shorter week, but it only feels like a shorter week when you have Fridays off. When you have Monday off, Monday just ends up feeling like Sunday. I've always been a little suspicious of Tuesday. For all the talk about how much Monday sucks, personally, I think Tuesday is the worst day of the week. It's just got better PR. It's good at throwing shade at Monday, who is the obvious scapegoat.

Think about it.

At least Monday has the advantage of being the start of something. It may not be what you wanted to start. But that's not Monday's fault. That's the fault of a job you should probably have left last year. Monday's just there to remind you of the change you need to make. Tuesday, on the other hand, is national busy work day. You're getting caught up on the things you should have done yesterday, but were too busy complaining that it was Monday.

So all the crap you were dreading on Sunday evening, you're not even doing Monday morning because you were too distracted that it was Monday, so you're actually doing it on Tuesday, which brings me back to my main point. Tuesday sucks. Monday is better.

And weeks like this week, when you get Monday off, are just totally confusing. Because it's actually Tuesday, but it feels like Monday. And I promise you that by Friday, you'll look back and wonder why this week felt so long.

I can answer that for you.

It's because you worked Tuesday. And nobody ever took Tuesday off unless they were taking off the entire week. When is the last time you can remember doing something awesome on a Tuesday? Not ever.

Mondays are often holidays like Labor Day. Whenever there's a national holiday on a weekend, guess which day you take off? Not Tuesday. So pretty much as long as you're working on a Tuesday, your week will feel long. If you can skip Tuesday, then all of the sudden it's hump day and you can start looking forward to the weekend. You can't do that on Monday you're grieving the freedom of the weekend that just ended. You certainly can't do that on a Tuesday because...well, Tuesday just sucks.

What's the point?

Have you ever wondered why it's easier to remember forward than backward? If someone asked you what you were doing this weekend, as long as it's not Monday, you can probably tell them. But if that same person asked you what you did last weekend....

I think this is because our brains loooove to anticipate. We love to think about what's coming, not what's past. Because we still have hope for what's ahead, but what's behind is unchangeable. The events are, at least. We can always change the meaning of what has happened.

This is why we need to change the way we think about how we spend our time.

If you've managed to get to the bottom of this post, you may be asking yourself what the hell I'm going on about. Well, I'm halfway just venting because today isn't going as well as I'd like and I'm also halfway challenging myself to have a better attitude about my day/time/life. Because the reality is that even time is a social construct, meaning we call these 24 hour periods days and live within a predetermined eight hour work day mindset, a mindset that is known to cause depression, anxiety and other mental ailments.

I'm challenging myself to think creatively about how I spend my time, how much energy I spend complaining versus actually investing in things that bring me life.

I have the unbelievable benefit of loving what I do for a living. That's not the case for many, maybe most. A recent report revealed that as many as half of all Americans are unhappy in the work they do every day.

Are we meant to live mundane lives?

It shouldn't be this way, but the reality is that millennials like me are racked with debt that our predecessors have never known. So as much as we'd love to pursue our dreams and live life to the fullest, we've got student loans and consumer debt to deal with. Somewhere in there, I have to believe for my generation, that meaningful labor is achievable because, otherwise, we're going to have a mental health disaster on our hands in about 10 years. As if that wasn't already the case.

If, on Sunday evening, you're so preoccupied with the pending Monday that you're starting to notice symptoms of anxiety or depression, it may be a sign that it's time for a significant life change. I'm not sure what it is or how you'll do it. I know that it'll be hard. Maybe you'll fall flat on your face. But if there's anything I know about my generation, it's that we're more afraid of a meaningless existence than we are of failure.

So it's Monday on Tuesday. And I think Tuesdays kind of suck. But maybe this is the Tuesday that you finally take a deep breath and reach out for that thing you've been dreaming about.


Dr. Mathis Kennington