Ever had issues getting work done on Friday or getting back into the swing of things on Monday? You’re not the only one, and here’s a (somewhat) scientific look at when we really are getting the most work done – and when it might be better to call it quits. Thanks to Lifehacker for this weekend’s LifeHack!
According to a survey conducted with over 300 Canadian HR managers, the day of the week that employees are most productive is, in fact, Tuesday!
A full third of the managers interviewed selected Tuesday as the day in which they observe peak productivity from their employees. Wednesday came in second with 23 percent, followed by Monday with 14 percent. The weekend allure, on the other hand, seems to get the best of our attention and efficiency, as Thursday and Friday found themselves in the bottom two spots with 5 and 6 percent, respectively.
We can’t say we’re too surprised: Everyone knows that Friday is a tough day to stay focused when the weekend is right around the corner. Thursday, as the penultimate day of the week, brings the first sign of the weekend thanks the completion of middle-of-the-week Wednesday. Monday is usually composed of catching up on emails and Wednesday is – well, you’ve seen the Geico commercial.
So next time you’re planning your week, try challenging yourself with a little extra work on Tuesday. Maximize your productivity and avoid that guilty feeling if you’re phoning it at the end of the week. (We’re certainly not condoning that attitude, but well all know that some Fridays can be a real challenge.)
Have a great week, and enjoy the new-found productivity!