If you’ve ever found yourself with a mile-long to-do list staring you in the face on Sunday, you’re not alone. But according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, saving your most tiresome chores for the last day of the week may not be such a good idea.
By examining data from 28,000 participants, researchers determined that people are likelier to get things done that they don’t want to do when they’re in a good mood. And since Sundays can often mean a combination of hangovers and anxiety about the workweek ahead, being productive isn’t the first thing on most people’s minds.
To come to their conclusion, researchers used a smartphone app to monitor the activities of their subjects as they related to their emotions. “People were more likely to engage in mood-increasing activities (e.g., play sports) when they felt bad, and to engage in useful but mood-decreasing activities (e.g., housework) when they felt good,” the study reads.
So unless chores like doing laundry, cleaning the kitchen, and organizing your closet bring you deep amounts of joy, it’s best not to leave them for Sunday. Instead, knock the most daunting items off your to-do list on Saturday, when you’re hopefully feeling chipper, and reap the rewards. Sunday Funday awaits.
Keep your to-do lists organized with this to-do pad and let us know what day you feel the most productive.