Short work week feeling extra long? You're not alone — and here's why

Why do short work weeks feel so long? We asked psychology professor Anne Wilson.

There is some science behind the phenomenon, says WLU professor Anne Wilson

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Thanks to Labour Day, for many of us, this work week was a short one.

But for many of us in the CBC newsroom, it sure didn't feel like it.

Why do short work weeks sometimes feel so long?

For the answer, we turned to Dr. Anne Wilson. She's a professor in the department of psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, and leads a lab called IMPETuS, which stands for "Identity, Motivation and Perception Extended in Time and Society."

Tap on the player to hear her conversation with Afternoon Drive host Chris dela Torre.


Jonathan Pinto is the host of Up North, CBC Radio One's regional afternoon show for Northern Ontario and is based in Sudbury. He was formerly a reporter/editor and an associate producer at CBC Windsor. Email