Happy Blue Monday

Today is meant to be the most depressing day of the year.  It is called Blue Monday and apparently falls on the third Monday of January which makes today the day. The idea of the worse day of the year was started by a psychologist called Dr Cliff Arnalls .  When he first ran his “January Blues Formula” in 2005 January 24th was touted as the worse day. Indeed I would have to agree as the 24th January 2005 was my birthday and it was a special one ending in 0.  I am saying no more than that. The “January Blues”  formula is 1/8W + (D-d) 3/8xTQMxNA where :



d=Money due in January pay

T=Time since Christmas

Q=Time since failed quit attempt.

M=General motivational levels

NA=The need to take action.

Such a formula is certainly not going to win the Nobel Prize for Rocket Science but it does actually make some sense. It is true the weather is miserable, it is a Monday, the Christmas shopping bills are due and New Year’s resolutions are starting to fall apart.  But you know thinking it is a Blue Monday day can be positive.  We cannot change the weather but we can plan holidays to look forward to and we can focus on enjoying the time we spend inside with our families. If we got a fright opening up a credit card statement we can put financial planning in place and learn how to budget. And the broken New Years resolutions… perhaps they were too big to begin with.  So I am going to start my New Year all over again.  Happy Blue Monday.

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About Elizabeth Baker

Elizabeth is our Business Development Manager. She has a degree in both English Literature and Law from Glasgow University. After graduating in 1983 she served her traineeship as a solicitor in Oban. When she was admitted as a solicitor her first job was at Mitchells Roberton in 1985 so she is a well known face. She spread her wings and joined other firms along the way and had a successful law practice under her own name for some years. She returned to Mitchells Roberton in 2011 and works primarily to enhance the marketing of our firm. With her excellent links with small business and the media in the greater Glasgow area, she is well placed in the role and generates a good deal of referrals and new business. Elizabeth is a people person and naturally connects with both staff and clients. Elizabeth has two grown up children and loves walking her dog, travelling and reading literature.

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