January always feels like a long month. Like most universities, we closed before Christmas (early, thanks to extra leave provided last year) and didn’t return until January 6th.
Due to the way Christmas falls and the bank holoidays, we also got paid early.
What this means in real terms is that January felt like it started the moment we stopped work before Christmas, on the 18th … 13 days before December 31st. And then we had the usual 31 days on top of that. So, January was actually 44 days long. Jeez! No wonder we all feel so tired and fed up!
The next thing that we hear is that upbeat voice in the office call-out ‘ahh, but February is shorter so it makes up. for it!’. Nope. In no way does February being 3 days shorter make up for the perceived extra days of January. It may be February 11th today, but it feels like it’s either January 55th or something stupid like February -2nd. As though somehow February hasn’t started yet?