Motivation on a Monday

The third Monday of January, the 16th of January this year, has been awarded the gloomy title of Blue Monday due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills.

Apparently, a university professor managed to precisely calculate the most depressing day of the year, using the following formula:

[W + D – d]TQ


Where weather=W, debt=d, time since Christmas=T, time since failing our new year’s resolutions=Q, low motivational levels=M and the feeling of a need to take action=Na. ‘D’ is not defined in the press release, nor are units.

Supposedly the date was calculated by using many factors, including: weather conditions, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action.


However, all may not be as it seems, as it turns out this was in fact a PR stunt by Sky Travel.

Wikipedia reports that the idea is considered pseudoscience, with its formula derided by scientists as nonsensical. However, 2014 saw Blue Monday invoked by legal firms and retailers of bottled water and alcoholic drinks. Some versions of the story purport to analyse trends in social media posts to calculate the date.

Make the most of Monday

blue-monday-2017As with many such stories posted on the internet it has now passed into urban myth and crops up periodically, sometimes taken seriously and sometimes debunked.

At 10Eighty we’re a cheery lot and welcome the New Year as the perfect opportunity for a career review. A whole new year full of possibilities and opportunities is our preferred world view. It’s dark and cold outside so smile and make the most of all there is to be grateful for and celebrate whatever you can:

  • Celebrate Martin Luther King Day, also on 16th it’s a federal holiday in the USA, take a day off in solidarity!
  • Look forward to Winnie the Pooh Day on the 18th, celebrate the birthday of A.A.Milne
  • We like flowers at 10Eighty, detour on the way to the office and buy a bunch of sunflowers or some scarlet tulips for your desk
  • Do a random act of kindness – compliment a stranger, pay for their coffee, make someone smile, pick up litter, or surprise someone by calling them unexpectedly to have ‘Hi, love you’
  • Be good to yourself – set the timer on your PC and every 20 minutes get up, stretch and spend two minutes moving around, take a proper lunch hour leave your phone behind
  • Be good to others – be sure to thank people, checkout staff/doormen/security staff/customer service folk may only be doing their jobs but they’ll appreciate it if you make eye contact, say hello and thank them for their help

Monday is the start of a whole new week. If you failed to keep up your New Year resolutions last week, never mind, try again this week and there’s always Chinese New Year on 28th for a resolution reboot. If you are managing to keep your resolutions, pat yourself on the back.

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Michael Moran – CEO 10Eighty

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