17 April 2014

Should weeks start on a Sunday or a Monday?

For various reasons I didn't have a very good week last week. So this week I was determined to put last week behind me and start this week with a clean sheet... or in my case a new week per view set of pages in my A5 Filofax organiser.

So in the right frame of mind I sat down this morning to plan what I needed to do and on which particular days they needed to be done one etc.

It got me thinking... always a worrying sign... Why do some people prefer diary inserts or calendars that start on Monday and other people prefer ones that start on Sunday?

What is your preference and why....

28 comments:

  1. I work Saturdays. That means Sunday and Monday are my weekends, and I like to see them together. There have to be a lot of us slogging away on Saturday, eh? So everyone who has it off has somewhere to go.

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  2. Usually I'd prefer a Monday start - weekends should be together, and the work/school week begins on Monday. Plus that's common in the UK anyway. But the Open University has an odd habit of starting the week on a Saturday, and my spiritual study follows a regular pattern that sees me start new preparations on a Wednesday. So I basically have week-start anxiety all the time and want three different versions each starting on a different day :(

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  3. In the US, calendar grid weeks start on Sunday. Hard to break a lifelong habit!

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    1. Agreed!! I get really grumping finding out I wrote it down on the wrong day. I don't look at the top, middle box is Wednesday, right?? Monthly and weekly with Saturday and Sunday given the same amount of space do it to me. I usually do pretty good when they are smaller, but having my DIY fish inserts with the monthly running vertical instead of horizontal has given me no problems and was simple to switch over. My brain had no preconceived notions!

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  4. My husband's work week starts Sunday morning with over night, on-call, on-site. So, unfortunately, that's when the chaos starts and the major planning commences. Juggling two little people under 3 yrs on my own and other tasks, until he gets home. Which is usually, Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.

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  5. I like my planner week to start on Monday. Monday thru Friday are my work days now and they have the most planning and notes. I do a weekly review on Sundays and plan the week. But I keep Saturday and Sunday fairly free and just do routine stuff - laundry, clean house, run errands, etc.

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  6. Weekends are together, so Monday - Sunday is how I roll.

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  7. I live in the UAE where our weekends are Fri-Sat. We start the week on Sunday, so I would prefer a layout that starts on Sunday for practical reasons. I am however, making do with the FF pages that start on Monday.

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  8. Monday starts! I figure Saturday and Sunday are called the weekEND for a reason.

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    1. I agree. Even though the calendars I grew up with begin with Sunday, in my mind Saturday and Sunday are the weekend.

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  9. My work week does, and always has, begin on a Monday so that' my reason for using the FF pages that start on a Monday - Sunday starts really confuse me - easily done perhaps?

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  10. Mon-Sun pages, both for practical reasons (Saturday and Sunday are my weekend days) and long-term habit (in Italy we use it this way).

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  11. Monday! Despite my working week being basically all over the place.

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  12. Monday for me too, despite the 'Civil Service' weekly calendar starting on the Sunday for pay and overtime purposes!

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  13. Ideally, it should start on a Monday. Unfortunately, for historical reasons on London's Buses, my working week begins on, of all things, a Saturday. Go figure *mutter mutter*

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  14. Monday for me. Makes it easier planning the weekend with the kids when the weekend is grouped together at the end of the week. Also every planner I've ever used has always started on a Monday and if it did start on a Sunday I've been so confused I had to stop using it.

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  15. My work week now starts on a Sunday so it's better for me to have my planner start on a Sunday as well.
    If I was still teaching I would need it to be a Monday start though. For me it would depend on what week start my work runs on, I don't like schedules that run across two views in my planner!

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  16. Mondays! I don't plan on weekends. FFAW, lol.

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  17. I'm in the US where most professionals have a Mon-Fri work week. I really like the two page per week time management format that has my scheduled appointments on the left and then I use the right-hand page for my weekly to do list. The M-F left page is great, but I did make alterations to the small thumbnail calendars at the top of the page so that they would be Sun through Sat for a week.

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  18. Monday. Because I am always doing my weekly planning on Sunday, or Saturday. And also as artfulmouse says I have a Monday through Friday work schedule, and it's easier that way.

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  19. I can go either way. I'm used to the Sunday-Saturday format so it's okay. But it really does seem like Monday-Sunday makes more sense. Saturday and Sunday should be together. If I have a choice, I usually pick Monday - Sunday.

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  20. This is a very annoying topic for me. The week starts on Sunday and ends on Saturday, Every wall or desk calendar I've ever owned follows this pattern. Starting work on Monday does not change my week, it still and always wills start with Sunday. I can't get my head around a Monday start. IMHO.

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  21. At school I was always taught to think of Monday as the start of the week and my working life has always followed the same pattern. I just can't get used to calendars starting with Sundays now, I always mis-read the date.

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  22. Mondays for me! My workweek was always Monday thru Friday.

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  23. I prefer my week to start on Sundays because it's just what I'm used to. I find it confusing the other way.
    ~Katie

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  24. I am just used to the calendar week starting on Sunday. That is how I have always known it. Hard to break a lifelong habit!

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  25. In my work, the 'payroll week' starts on Sunday. Most US calendars start on Sunday and that is what I am use to. Hard to change in my mind. :-)

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  26. Work week/payrolls start on Sunday. I do not like Calendars that start on Monday. I have bought 3 , trying to "conform" and find it impossible . I end up making mistakes and scheduling things on the wrong day. I badly want to buy a Filofax ( a couple in fact) , but must say that is my biggest reason for not getting on the band wagon.

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